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Sustainable Tourism Development for Clarens in the Free State Province of South Africa

Show simple item record Grobler, Sonja Nicolaides, Angelo 2017-06-27T12:15:59Z 2017-06-27T12:15:59Z 2016
dc.identifier.citation Grobler, Sonja and Nicolaides, Angelo. (2016) ' Sustainable Tourism Development for Clarens in the Free State Province of South Africa' , African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, 5(2): 1-18. en
dc.description.abstract Understanding what drives tourists is an important issue which can make or break a destination. Since tourists consume products and services and return visit/s and sustainability is desired by destinations, it is important to identify variables that influence the motivation, behaviour and satisfaction levels of tourists. The town of Clarens which is situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa was the focus of this research study. It is labelled as the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State". Using a questionnaire survey, the researchers categorized tourists according to their demographic and socio-economic characteristics. Disconfirmation of expectations was measured using five point Likert-scales against eighteen selected variables. The findings of this study suggested that tourists were mostly satisfied with facilities, natural attractions and relaxation facilities provided by the destination. In essence, nature and adventure were experienced very positively. In contrast, tourists were disappointed with facilities such as local transport services, cleanliness and safety and security. The difference between tourist expectation and experience was diverse for different groups – for example inter alia, gender, age, international or local origin, but most of these differences were not significant. The findings presented should contribute to the development of tourism strategies which are intended to empower the town to better recognize and respond to the dynamic demand patterns of tourists and potential visitors from both the domestic and foreign market. These strategies aim towards sustainable tourism development in Clarens and the surrounding area. en
dc.publisher African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure en
dc.subject Clarens en
dc.subject South Africa en
dc.subject destination marketing en
dc.subject tourists en
dc.subject tourism development en
dc.title Sustainable Tourism Development for Clarens in the Free State Province of South Africa en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) en

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