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|Author :||Anna Spenceley|
|School/Work Place :||University of Johannesburg, South Africa | University of Brighton, UK|
This paper presents research commissioned by the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s African Natural Resources Center (ANRC), that aimed to to identify and summarise existing monitoring data being gathered by national tourism authorities and international/regional certification bodies specifically relating to the accommodation sector in Africa.
The paper reviews the history of tourism certification globally and then presents the current status of certification bodies and certified hotels on the African continent. The research identified 9 African certification programs, and 9 international certification programs operating in Africa. Collectively, the African and international certification programs have certified at least 715 accommodation facilities in 19 African countries, against their environmental, social and economic criteria.