Encountering the tangible outcome of one’s work is always a delight. I was therefore delighted when I got a hold of the physical copy of book on Cultural Heritage and Tourism in Africa through the post. In this book, I co-wrote a chapter on African Diasporan Tourism with my wonderful co-author Professor Ishmael Mensah based at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. I am grateful to him for smooth and productive collaboration we had in developing this piece of work – and also to Professor Dallen Timothy who edited this volume.
Check the book out and ask your librarian to order a copy. https://www.routledge.com/Cultural-Heritage-and-Tourism-in-Africa/Timothy/p/book/9780367722241
Below is an image of the chapter in the book and then an abstract of what it’s all about….happy reading
African Diaspora Tourism: Concepts, Issues and Prospects beyond Slavery-Oriented Heritage
Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong and Ishmael Mensah
African diasporas have emerged worldwide due to a long history of migration and contemporary dispersals. Many African countries are taking a keen interest in their diasporas due to their potential for the socio-economic development of the continent through tourism, remittances, investments, knowledge transfer, as well as technology and skills transfer. This chapter provides a broad discussion and conceptualisation of African diaspora tourism beyond slavery heritage-driven roots tourism to include those diaspora travel emanating from economic migration and colonial connections between Africa and Europe. The chapter further examines African diaspora tourism as a socio-cultural and travel phenomenon, describing the characteristics and features of African diasporic tourism, efforts at promoting this form of travel and the relationship between host (Africans) and guests (diaspora Africans). The relationship between Africans on the continent and those in the diaspora have not always been cordial and this chapter proposes that this often tense relationship requires further research. This is especially important as many African countries continue to develop diaspora tourism through varied strategies including the establishment of institutions to promote diaspora tourism, diaspora business development policies, easing entry requirements and the staging of special events and programmes for promotion. In sum, this chapter has sought to decentre the overemphasis on Black Atlantic slavery heritage-induced diaspora tourism experiences to look at other heritage-related travel patterns in various African diasporas that has developed from distant and contemporary dispersals.
Keywords: African diaspora, destination development, diaspora tourism, economic migration; slavery heritage, roots