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The determination of park fees in support of benefit sharing in Southern Africa
Department of Economics and Econometrics, Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre (PEERC), University of Johannesburg.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Tourism Economics, ISSN 1354-8166, E-ISSN 2044-0375, Vol. 23, no 6, 1165-1183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Sharing conservation revenue with communities surrounding parks could demonstrate the link between ecotourism and local communities' economic development, promote a positive view of land restitution involving parks, help address skewed distribution of income in the vicinity of parks and act as an incentive for local communities to participate in conservation even more. This article estimates the visitation demand function for Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) in order to determine the appropriate conservation fee to charge visitors to maximize park revenue. The data were generated from contingent behaviour experiments on South African residents at KTP and three other parks deemed as either substitutes or complements for visitors to KTP. Our results suggest that there is sheer underselling of the recreational opportunity at KTP, which implies that there is room for generating extra revenue to support benefit sharing arrangements with the local communities. The conservation fees at KTP can increase by as much as 115%, thereby almost doubling current revenue after accounting for the drop in visitation which will be triggered by the increase

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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 23, no 6, 1165-1183 p.
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Business Administration
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-65394DOI: 10.1177/1354816616655254ISI: 000407901300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85027692881OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-65394DiVA: diva2:1136678
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Validerad;2017;Nivå 2;2017-08-29 (andbra)

Available from: 2017-08-29 Created: 2017-08-29 Last updated: 2017-09-07Bibliographically approved

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