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Identifying ecotourists’ accommodation needs and preferences?

M. Saayman, P. van der Merwe
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 48, No 1 | a21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v48i1.21 | © 2018 M. Saayman, P. van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 March 2018 | Published: 31 March 2017

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M. Saayman, Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus
P. van der Merwe, School of Business Management: Tourism Program, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa

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The purpose of this research is to determine ecotourists’ needs and preferences concerning national parks in South Africa. A survey was conducted at the Tsitsikamma National Park, focusing on fixed-roof accommodation, camping and ecolodges. Results showed that the preferences for each aspect are unique and that setting remains paramount when it comes to fixed-roof accommodation. The research also confirmed that a variety of accommodation types, including provision for self-catering, is preferred by ecotourists. This research makes a valuable contribution to the managing of accommodation in South African National Parks.


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