Edited by Tourism plays a significant role in the development of Africa. To promote education and research in tourism in the African continent, in 2000 Atlas founded an African chapter during its inaugural conference in Mombasa, Kenya. After the conference in Mombasa, Atlas Africa organized six other conferences:
- Community tourism: options for the future, Arusha, Tanzania, in 2003.
- Leadership, culture and knowledge: gateway to sustainable tourism in Africa, Pretoria, South Africa , in 2004.
- Contested landscapes in tourism: culture, conservation and consumption, Mombasa, Kenya, in 2006.
- Tourism and wealth creation, Kampala, Uganda, in 2007.
- Tourism for Development: Environmental Sustainability, Poverty Reduction and Empowering Communities, Gaborone, Botswana, in 2009.
- Sustainable tourism and environmental education, a natural link, Kampala, Uganda, in 2011.
The proceedings of the conferences in 2003, 2004 and 2006 were published in 2007 in three volumes. Proceedings of the conferences of 2007 were published in 2008 in Volume 4 and 5, and the proceedings of the conferences of 2009 were published in 2010 in Volume 6 and 7. Volume 8 and 9 consists of the proceedings of the conference in Kampala. The 2011 Conference was organised jointly with the University of Makerere, Kent State University, the University of North Texas, the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Nature Uganda, the Nature Palace Foundation, and the Uganda Tourist Board.
These nine volumes present the current state of the art of predominantly applied research in tourism in Africa. The two new volumes with conference papers provide valuable insights in the development of tourism in Africa, and are a source of inspiration for all researchers, practitioners and lovers of tourism in Africa.
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René van der Duim, Guido Klep and Evangelia Konstantinidou
Challenges to sustainable sports tourism development in a non-metropolitan region in Kenya: A case of Iten township
Joseph Muiruri Njoroge, John Akama and Liza Buyeke
The ‘romance’ of mining in light of tourism: a case study of soapstone in Tabaka, Kisii County, Kenya
John Akama, Liza Buyeke and Joseph Muiruri Njoroge
The efficacy of small and medium scale tourism enterprises (SMTEs) as tools for poverty alleviation: the case of the North-Rift region in Kenya
John Akama, Polycarp Oluoch and Dominic Rotich
The benefits of ICT on service delivery within the hospitality industry, a case study of selected hotels in the coast region
Mbitha Angore and Josphat Belsoy
Determinants of expenditure by international tourists, a case study of the North coastal region of Kenya
Isabella Cheloti-Mapelu, Pius Odunga and Timothy Sulo
Gastronomy as a tool for social integration among ethnic communities in Kenya
Frimar Kiama, Isabella Cheloti-Mapelu and Thomas Bor
Relationships between gender representation in the hospitality industry and tourism entrepreneurial activities in Kenya
Geoffrey Koome, Nehemiah Kiprutto and Judy Kibe
Commercial home accommodation potential for rural tourism enterprises in Uasin Gishu County-Kenya
Jacqueline Korir, Loice Maru, John Korir and Rose Burugu