Protected area entrance fees in Tanzania: The search for competitiveness and value for money

Koedoe - African Protected Area Conservation and Science

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Title Protected area entrance fees in Tanzania: The search for competitiveness and value for money
Creator Spenceley, Anna Rylance, Andrew Laiser, Sadiki L.
Subject Conservation; tourism; user fees; protected areas Tourism; protected areas; Tanzania; entrance fees; game reserve; Wildlife Management Area
Description User fees charged by Tanzania’s Game Reserves (GR) and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) have not changed since 2008. Although previous research has been done on visitors’ willingness-to-pay to enter national parks in Tanzania, none has been conducted on GRs and WMAs. This article assesses the entrance fees in GRs and WMAs, by comparing them with equivalent fees charged in Tanzania (at national parks and the Ngorongoro Crater) and also with regional protected areas in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Based on 28 semi-structured interviews with key stakeholder institutions working on tourism and conservation and more than 50 online survey responses from Tanzanian tourism operators, the research reviews local opinion and issues relating to adjusting current entrance fees. The article considers that while one objective for generating revenue from entrance fees is for conservation management, it is difficult to establish appropriate fees where there are gaps in knowledge about existing levels of visitation, tourism revenue and associated management costs.Conservation implications: This article has implications for protected area management practices, as it provides information on processes by which managers can review and revise entrance fee values.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor GiZ
Date 2017-03-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Benchmarking analysis; Survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/koedoe.v59i1.1442
Source Koedoe; Vol 59, No 1 (2017); 8 pages 2071-0771 0075-6458
Language eng
Coverage Tanzania; protected areas Current n/a
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Anna Spenceley, Andrew Rylance, Sadiki L. Laiser