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The impact of tourist spending in South Africa: Spatial implications

Andrea Saayman, Melville Saayman, Wim Naudé
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 3, No 3 | a2617 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v3i3.2617 | © 2018 Andrea Saayman, Melville Saayman, Wim Naude | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 July 2018 | Published: 30 September 2000

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Andrea Saayman, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, South Africa
Melville Saayman, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, South Africa
Wim Naudé, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, South Africa

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Abstract

In South Africa tourism is regarded as a growth catalyst and a contributor towards the economic upliftment of poorer regions. The magnitude of the impact of tourist spending depends on the extent of leakages from the region, and the ability of the region to create backward and forward linkages. It is argued that the spatial implications of tourism might, inter alia, depend on the relative impacts of domestic versus international tourist spending. Using an input-output model, support was found for the notion that, from a regional development perspective, there should be an emphasis on the development of the domestic tourism market in the short term. As a long-term strategy, investment in transport services and infrastructure to reduce path dependency effects, more inherent in international tourism, is proposed.

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