Tourism

A ‘Creative Class’ in South Africa’s Arid Karoo Region

Ingle, M (2009), A ‘Creative Class’ in South Africa’s Arid Karoo Region, Urban Forum, 21(4).   Abstract There is an increasing number and variety of creative small enterprises in South Africa’s desert Karoo region. The Karoo has come to acquire considerable cachet in recent years and is being rebranded as a desirable tourist destination. It […]

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Counterurbanisation and the emergence of a postproductivist economy in South Africa’s arid Karoo region

Ingle, M (2013), Counterurbanisation and the emergence of a postproductivist economy in South Africa’s arid Karoo region, 1994-2010.    Abstract  This review article serves to broach the concept of the “post-productivist countryside” where the primacy of agricultural production is supplanted by tertiary industries such as tourism, recreational farming, and arts and crafts production. The essay […]

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Economic Potential in South Africa’s Arid Areas

Ingle, Mark (2008), Economic Potential in South Africa’s Arid Areas: A Selection of Niche Products and Services, Arid Areas Programme Report Vol. 7, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   INTRODUCTION Arid areas are often seen as economically debilitated areas, with little potential for investment. Consequently, there is an assumption that many […]

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Getting the chemistry right: Assessing the impact of the FIFA 2010 on Karoo towns

Atkinson, D (2012), “Getting the chemistry right: Assessing the impact of the FIFA 2010 on Karoo towns”, in Ronnie Donaldson and Lochner Marais (eds), Small Town Geographies in Africa: Experiences from South Africa and Elsewhere, Nova Publishers, New York. (Contact author at karoo@intekom.co.za; book for sale from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com).  

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Is South Africa’s Great Karoo Region becoming a tourism destination?

Is South Africa’s Great Karoo Region becoming a tourism destination?, Doreen Atkinson, Journal of Arid Environments, vol. 127, April 2016.   Abstract Desert tourism has grown steadily in several regions of the world, due to a post-modern fascination with remoteness, barrenness, silence and solitude. This paper evaluates the trend towards tourism development in South Africa’s arid Karoo […]

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Karoo Tourism Strategy

Karoo Development Foundation – Karoo Tourism Strategy In October 2012, the Karoo Development Foundation published a Karoo Tourism Strategy, which presents a vision for future tourism development in this region. The Strategy was endorsed by the National Department of Tourism, at the Karoo Development Conference in Beaufort West, 26 October 2012. The full version of the […]

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Making the Most of ‘Nothing’: Astro-tourism, the Sublime, and the Karoo as a ‘space destination

Ingle, M (2010), “Making the Most of ‘Nothing’: Astro-tourism, the Sublime, and the Karoo as a ‘space destination’”, Transformation 74:87-111. ABSTRACT:  In recent years perceptions of South Africa’s arid Karoo have been radically transformed. Whereas the Karoo was once regarded as a desolate wasteland, it is now being punted as a positively trendy region, both […]

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Multi-functional landscapes in semi arid environments

O’Farrell, P, Reyers, B, Le Maitre, D, Milton, S, Ego, B, Maherry, A, Colvin, C, Atkinson, D, De Lange, W, Blignaut, J and Cowling, R (2010), “Multi-functional landscapes in semi arid environments: Implications for biodiversity and ecosystem services”, Landscape Ecology, vol. 25, no. 8, 1231-1246. Can be purchased at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10980-010-9495-9, or contact karoo@intekom.co.za.   Abstract […]

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Prospects for Tourism as a Catalyst for Development in SA

Ingle, M (2007), “Prospects for Tourism as a Catalyst for Development in South Africa” Journal for New Generation Sciences, 7(1), 18-33.   Abstract The potential for tourism to contribute to development in South Africa has been enthusiastically embraced by the government and by many scholars. This article examines tourism from two perspectives “Tourism First” and […]

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Soft boundaries: Pro-poor tourism and cross-border collaboration in the arid areas of Southern Africa

Doreen Atkinson (2008), “Soft boundaries: Pro-poor tourism and cross-border collaboration in the arid areas of Southern Africa”, in K Wohlmuth, A Adeolu, P Burger, et al (eds), African Development Perspectives Yearbook 2008, Muenster, Germany, pp 489-514. (Contact the author on karoo@intekom.co.za).  

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