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Wednesday 13 January 2021
11.00 – 12.30 CET

ATLAS Africa is pleased to support the launching of the Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Africa




Join the editors, chapter contributors and grassroot organisations in this virtual introduction to the Handbook of Tourism in Africa and discussion on the future of tourism on the continent.

At such critical time for the tourism sector, this Handbook provides a comprehensive and readable overview of the critical debates and controversies around tourism in Africa and the major factors affecting tourism development pre-COVID19. Drawing upon research by African academics and practitioners based in the continent and from the African diaspora as well as international colleagues, the Handbook is of great relevance to what is happening today, with chapters providing readers with much food for thought to plan the post-COVID19 future of the sector at the continental level.

Participation is free for ATLAS members and non-members. Registration for the webinar is required. You can fill in this form.

Please be aware of the different time zones:

      Start Webinar
CET Central European Time Netherlands, Sweden, Spain CET 11.00
WAT West African Time Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria CET 11.00
GMT Greenwich Mean Time Ghana, UK CET-1 10.00
EET Eastern Europe Time Finland    CET+1 12.00
SAST South Africa Standard Time South Africa, Namibia, Botswana CET+1 12.00
EAT Eastern Africa Time Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia CET+2 13.00
CST China Standard Time China    CET+7 18.00
NZDT New Zealand Daylight Time New Zealand CET+12 23.00




Marie-Alise Elcia Grandcourt

Marie-Alise Elcia Grandcourt is the Director of the Africa Programme at the UNWTO. She is an experienced Regional Program Director with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry. Skilled in Sustainable Development, Front Office, Travel Planning, Business Travel, and Incentive Travel, she is a strong business development professional. She is a graduate from the Singapore Hotel and Tourism Educa-tion Centre (SHATEC).


Emmanuel A. Adu Ampong

Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong is an Assistant Professor in the Cultural Geography Chair Group at Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands and a Research Associate University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a co-editor-in-chief of the Tourism Planning and Development Journal. His research interest revolves around geographies of slavery heritage tourism, sustainable tourism development policy and planning, cultural heritage management and innovations in qualitative research methodology & methods.


Marina Novelli

Prof. Marina Novelli (PhD) is a geographer with a background in economics. At the University of Brighton (UK), she is Professor of Tourism and International Development and Academic Lead for the Responsible Futures’ Research and Enterprise Agenda, which is aimed at fostering internal and external interdisciplinary research and consultancy collaborations. She is an globally renowned tourism policy, planning and development expert and has advised on numerous international cooperation and research assignments funded by International Development Organisations (IDOs) such as: The World Bank, the European Union, The UN (UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO), the Commonwealth Secretariat, National Ministries and Tourism Boards, Regional Development Agencies and NGOs. She is known for her excellence in leading and collaborating with multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder and multi-cultural teams and for her commitment to generating new knowledge on ways in which tourism can play a key role in sustainable development by stimulating local economies, conserving the environment, developing peoples and changing lives. Her most recent publications span across sustainable tourism in Africa, niche tourism and overtourism.

Manuel Alector Ribeiro

Manuel Alector Ribeiro is a Lecturer in Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, UK, and a Senior Research Associate at the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a Master’s degree in Tourism Management and Development and a PhD in Tourism Studies at the University of Algarve, Portugal. He has research interests in applied quantitative methods and modelling to community support for sustainable tourism development, pro-environmental behaviour, place attachment, the political economy of tourism, public trust in tourism institutions, emotional aspect of consumption and gender and entrepreneurship in tourism. His work is published in leading international journals such as Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management or International Journal of Tourism Research. He serves in the editorial board of the Journal of Travel Research.



Book description


Book description

This book provides a comprehensive and readable overview of the critical debates and controversies around tourism in Africa, and the major factors that are affecting tourism development now and in the future.

Drawing upon research emerging from collaborations between a growing number of African academics and practitioners based in the continent and in the African diaspora as well as international colleagues, the Handbook offers key critical insights into the issues, challenges and trends that Africa and African tourism is facing. Part I covers continent-wide issues such as climate change, ICT, heritage and development. The remaining parts are organised along geographic lines, with each chapter covering the development of tourism, current trends and discussion of critical issues such as community participation, gender, backpacking, urban tourism, wildlife tourism and conservation.

Combining an overview of key theories, concepts, contemporary issues and debates, this book will be a valuable resource for students, academics and practitioners investigating the role of tourism in Africa.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Zurab Pololikashvili - Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
1. Tourism in Africa - continental issues and regional contexts Emanuel A. Adu-Ampong, Marina Novelli and Manuel Alector Ribeiro

Part 1: Africa and Tourism
2. The changing nature of Africa as a competitive tourism role-player Andrea Saayman, Melvile Saayman and Armand Viljoen
3. Information communication technology and tourism in Africa Julian K. Ayeh
4. Heritage and heritage tourism in Africa: historical overview and contemporary issues Noel Biseko Lwoga and Emmanuel A. Adu-Ampong
5. Adventure Tourism in Africa Julia K. Giddy
6. Tourism and Climate Change in Africa Wame L. Hambira and Joseph E. Mbaiwa
7. Growing Africa’s tourism through air transport liberalisation: continental aspirations and key policy bottlenecks Rayviscic Mutinda
InFocus 1: The role of the UNWTO in tourism and sustainable development in Africa Marie-Alise Elcia Grandcourt
InFocus 2: MICE in Africa. Kwakye Donkor 

Part 2: Tourism in North Africa
8. Tunisian Tourism, Gender and the Contribution of Postcolonial Feminism Heather Jeffrey and Nick Rumens
9. Understanding the complexities of residents’ support for cultural heritage preservation through an equity theory lens: The case of World Heritage Sites of Carthage, Tunisia  Huda Abdullah Megeirhi, Manuel Alector Ribeiro, Kyle Maurice Woosnam
10. Current issues of tourism in Morocco Fernando Almeida García
11. Tourism in Egypt: the past and the present Doaa Shohaieb
InFocus 3:  The Role of the Media in Promoting Tourism in Africa Kojo Bentum Williams and Ben Ohene

Part 3: Tourism in West Africa
12. "Today is party A, tomorrow is party B": The Elmina 2015 Strategy and the politics of tourism-led local economic development planning in Ghana Emmanuel A. Adu-Ampong
13. Tourism development in Senegal: Historical overview and new directions for community-based tourism Aby Sene-Harper
14. The political economy of tourism development in Cape Verde islands Manuel Alector Ribeiro, Kyle Maurice Woosnam and Huda Abdullah Megeirhi
15. Backpacking in Ghana: prospects and challenges Frederick Dayour
16. Drivers and opportunities in Nigeria's tourism industry: towards sustainable growth and development.
Ogechi Adeola, Oserere Eigbe and Omotayo Muritala
17. Tourism development in Niger: challenges and opportunities Sarah Gafarou
18. Tourism development in Sierra Leone Desmond O. Brown
InFocus 4: Afrogallonism and Yellow brick road 360 La Nana Osei Kwadwo
InFocus 5: Aviators Africa Academy (AAA) - Capacity Development in Africa aviation industry Toni Ukachukwu and Olayemi Akinoshun

Part 4: Tourism in Middle Africa

19. Eco-tourism in Cameroon’s protected areas: investigating the link between community participation and policy development Vyasha Harilal and Tembi Tichaawa
20. Tourism development in Gabon: pioneers operating under adverse conditions Isabelle Cloquet
21. Tourism and nature in São Tomé and Príncipe: opportunities for the internationalization of a Small Island State Brígida Rocha Brito
InFocus 6: Diary of a woman in Tourism Bénédicte Joan

Part 5: Tourism in Eastern Africa
22. The Potential of Tourism Revenue Sharing Policy to Benefit Conservation in Rwanda Ian E. Munanura and Edwin Sabuhoro
23. Rock Art tourism in Ethiopia and cultural heritage management challenges Dagnachew Leta Senbeto
24. Tourism in Mozambique: historical evolution and future challenges Mariamo Abdula, Zelia Breda, Maria Celeste Eusébio
25. Development of tourism in Tanzania: the need to strengthen agriculture - tourism linkages John Thomas Mgonja
26. Local Community Support in Tourism in Mauritius – the case of Ray of Light by LUX* Haywantee Ramkissoon and Vishnee Sowamber
27. Pastoral women participation in community conservancies in Maasai Mara, Kenya. Judy Kepher Gona and Lucy Atieno
InFocus 7: Red Rocks initiatives for sustainable development Greg Bakunz

Part 6: Tourism in Southern Africa
28. City Tourism in Southern Africa: Progress and Issues Chris M. Rogerson and Jayne M. Rogerson
29. Wildlife tourism, conservation and community benefits in Zimbabwe Chiedza Ngonidzashe Mutanga, Oliver Chikuta, Never Muboko, Edson Gandiwa, Forbes Kabote and Tatenda W. Kaswaurere
InFocus 8: South African Airways and CSR Jon Danks
InFocus 9: Hatika Adult Education Centre Supports Community Tourism Development in Windhoek (Namibia) Sisco Auala
InFocus 10: Keeping More Tourism Spend in Destinations is Crucial for Sustainable Tourism Development Thomas Muller

30. Prospects and futures for tourism in Africa Marina Novelli, Emmanuel A. Adu-Ampong, Manuel Alector Ribeiro




11.00 CET - Introduction by Prof. Marina Novelli - University of Brighton, UK
11.10 CET - Opening remarks by Elcia Grandcourt - Director of Regional  Department for Africa at UNWTO
11.20 CET - Discussion with Contributing Authors facilitated by Dr Emmanuel A. Adu-Ampong - Wageningen University, The Netherlands
12.00 CET - Q&A and Closing Remarks by Dr Manuel Alector Ribeiro - University of Surrey, UK





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