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Author : Anna Spenceley
School/Work Place : University of Johannesburg, South Africa | University of Brighton, UK
Contact : annaspenceley@gmail.com
Year : 2017

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.

Spenceley, Sustainable tourism certification in the hotel sector in Africa_Progress made and opportunities for mainstreaming PP.pdf

Spenceley, Sustainable tourism certification in the hotel sector in Africa_Progress made and opportunities for mainstreaming.pdf


List of Articles
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7 Think Tank XVII Reducing economic leakages from tourism: A value chain... file 1364 Aug 17, 2017

The research is funded by the Centre for the Development of Enterprise and with the guidance of the International Trade Centre of UNCTAD. The authors would like to thank Pablo LoMoro at the International Trade Centre for his considerable sup...

Author: Andrew Rylance & Anna Spenceley 

Year: 2017 

OPA: 2017 Outstanding Paper Award Winner 

6 Think Tank XVII A meta-analysis of the tourism and economic growth nexus file 1456 Aug 17, 2017

The existing literature is fraught with empirical studies delineating the impact of the tourism sector on economic growth. However, the results are at best inconclusive. In this regard, the aim of the present study is to investigate the unde...

Author: Boopendra Seetanah & Robin Nunkoo & Raja Vinesh Sannassee & Paul Georges Warren Moraghen & Zameelah Rifkha Khan Jaffur 

Year: 2017 

» Think Tank XVII Sustainable tourism certification in the hotel sector ... file 1492 Aug 17, 2017

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 i...

Author: Anna Spenceley 

Year: 2017 

4 Think Tank XVII The Role of Tour guide for Sustainable Tourism with th... file 1555 Aug 17, 2017

The emergence of information technology has a profound impact on tourism industry. Today, visitors are more inclined to have searched the Internet to gain more pre-tour knowledge for the destinations than before. The advances of the various ...

Author: Daisy Suk-fong FUNG 

Year: 2017 

3 Think Tank XVII Product innovation in route-based tourism: Interactive... file 1855 Aug 17, 2017

Route-based tourism on walking, hiking and cycling routes is experiencing resurgence throughout the world (Collins-Kreiner, 2010) and can be a driver of sustainable development, particularly for remote areas (Briedenhann & Wickens, 2004;...

Author: Anna Scuttari & Isidoro De Bortoli & Harald Pechlaner & Hannes Riegler 

Year: 2017 

2 Think Tank XVII From Sustainability to Resilience: Understanding Diffe... file 4460 Aug 17, 2017

The tourism literature on the relationship between resilience and sustainability is still in its infancy. Some argue that resilience planning has emerged as an alternative to sustainable development to provide new perspectives on socio-ecolo...

Author: Girish Prayag & Caroline Orchiston & Mesbahuddin Chowdhury 

Year: 2017 

1 Think Tank XVII Overtourism. An analysis of contextual factors contrib... file 16666 Aug 17, 2017

Tourism is a rapidly growing industry and has far-reaching economic, social and environmental impact. The rapid growth of tourism is a challenge for many destinations. But growth in tourist numbers is not the only reason for the many problem...

Author: Fabian Weber 

Year: 2017 

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