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Leisure Tourism Space and Urban Change: Lessons from Cape Town and Stellenbosch to Contemplate in Urban South Africa

  • Gustav VisserEmail author
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Abstract

Tourism, with a significant component thereof comprising leisure tourism, is one of the largest economic systems globally and employs millions. The international tourism system has since the 1950s seen unpresented growth in most countries on all continents. This growth in both tourism products and consumers have for the most part taken place in urban areas. Leisure tourism has been shaping urban spaces for many decades although its relevance has only relatively recently been acknowledged. Similarly, leisure tourism has expanded in South Africa with a key focus on its urban areas. The impact of leisure tourism in South Africa has been highly uneven across the urban space economy. This investigation traces some of the development trends of leisure tourism in Cape Town and Stellenbosch respectively. It is argued that leisure tourism is increasingly creating uneven and exclusionary urban spaces. The challenges this presents to South African urban places in general is then considered.

Keywords

South Africa Urban tourism Leisure tourism Stellenbosch 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and Environmental StudiesStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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