Research & Innovation 2015-16 - Page 56



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Southern African tourism:
the ‘multiplier’ effect
For every night that a tourist stays over at a high-end game lodge in a remote
part of southern Africa, 14 people in the surrounding community benefit
indirectly from the income generated by the services offered by the industry.
As lodge staff send their remittances back home, the money circulates within
these rural communities, helping to grow the local economy.
This is the finding of Dr Sue Snyman, a tourism analyst
and economist associated with UCT’s Environmental
Policy Research Unit (EPRU), in the Faculty of
Commerce.
“This is the multiplier effect of tourism in remote
regions of the subcontinent,” explains Snyman, who has
published several papers in the past year on the basis of
the findings of her 2013 doctoral thesis.
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During her doctoral work, in which she surveyed 16
different eco-tourism lodges in six southern African
countries, Snyman found that for every one person
employed by these lodges, seven people benefit
directly from the downstream flow of that income.
“The staff employed in these sorts of ventures help
grow the local economy – by spending their wages
at community stores where they do their grocery





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