Tourism continues to be the bright backdrop globally as visitor numbers increase but even here there are significant challenges in certain locations ...as Jim Fletchers summary here of a current issue illustrates.
The photo of the Okavango Delta above illustrates a current issue in Botswana, where Jim Fletcher is working on behalf of UNWTO and the Botswana Department of Tourism, where a debate is being conducted over a Government decision to overturn a ban on trophy hunting placing conservation, particularly with reference to the elephant population at risk.
His role is to help formulate a terms of reference for the preparation of a national tourism development master plan for the country. The timing of this initiative is linked to the finalisation of the country’s new tourism policy and the acknowledgement of tourism as a priority growth sector which is to be developed in harmony with the environment and the capacity to benefit communities across the nation.
The importance of the preparation and implementation of a development plan with the objectives and aspirations described has now been highlighted by the current outcry over the Government decision to overturn the existing ban on trophy hunting which is placing conservation (particularly with respect to the elephant population) and Botswana’s associated and highly regarded tourism product in contention with the livelihoods of impacted communities. This is an issue of complex interactions which places biodiversity, community socio - economic benefit and tourism development in the spotlight.
For more information,contact Jim on 00 44 (0)7885 156621