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Title: Tourism policy and the economic impact of tourism in Botswana
Authors: Ketshabile, L 
Ferreira, IW 
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Publisher: JUTA
Series/Report no.: JBMD;vol3 no1
Abstract: Tourism plays a vital role in the economy of Botswana. It creates employment, earns foreign exchange, markets Botswana internationally, attracts foreign investments in the country and contributes to the countries’ gross domestic product (GDP). However, the potential of tourism in contributing to the individual country’s economy in general is determined by various complex factors such as tourism policy, political stability and tourism management. Therefore, this paper is aimed at assessing the potential of tourism and policy framework in respect of the current contribution of tourism to the economy of Botswana. The paper also makes recommendations on future policy direction to encourage the benefits of tourism to the economy of Botswana. The approach used in this paper includes analysing the actual contribution of tourism to the economy of Botswana against the potential contribution that tourism has. The paper briefly explains the impact of tourism policy on the Botswana tourism, and analyses tourism benefits from a collaborative approach as a viable sector in changing people’s lives through its contribution to the economy of Botswana. The paper concludes that tourism has the potential to improve the lives of people living in Botswana by creating employment and contributing to the Botswana’s GDP, and is a source of foreign investment. Another conclusion is that tourism policy plays a vital role in either limiting or maximising the contribution of tourism to the economy of Botswana. An understanding that tourism plays a vital role in the economy of Botswana will assist tourism policymakers in encouraging and supporting tourism businesses, which may maximise the tourism benefits in the country and communities. This will mean engaging communities in policy making and in developing tourism businesses. The paper analyses the impact of tourism policy on the Botswana tourism sector in an innovative approach, contributing to the understanding of its implications as well as recommending strategies that can be applied in maximising the benefits and mitigating the negative impacts. This paper is useful for tourism role players such as tourism policymakers and the Botswana government in realising that they can best utilise tourism to improve their lives. This also helps tourism role players such as tourism entrepreneurs to work closely with the communities in developing tourism for the benefits of the economy of Botswana and communities in general. This paper is of value to academics who wish to increase their knowledge of the tourism policy implication on the tourism businesses.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11189/2451
ISSN: 2070-0156
Appears in Collections:BUS - Journal of Business and Management Dynamics (JBMD)

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