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Domestic tourism as a recovery strategy in the face of COVID-19: Insights from South Africa

Acta Commercii

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Title Domestic tourism as a recovery strategy in the face of COVID-19: Insights from South Africa
Creator Nyikana, Siyabulela Bama, Hilary K.N
Subject Tourism; Travel; Hospitality coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); domestic tourism; tourism recovery; resilience; sustainable development.
Description Orientation: This article drew from an interpretivist research orientation.Research purpose: This study aimed at contextualising domestic tourism as a strategic tool with which the tourism sector can recover from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in South Africa.Motivation for the study: The impact of COVID-19 on the economy, and tourism in particular, has been devastating in South Africa. Given the historical overreliance on international tourism receipts, the importance of domestic tourism was highlighted during the reduced lockdown levels. This study was therefore motivated by the potential of this market to offset some of the losses to international tourism in times of uncertainty.Research design, approach and method: This study involved a qualitative research design where in-depth, semistructured interviews were conducted with purposefully selected key resource stakeholders (n = 20) in domestic tourism. These interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed.Main findings: The study found that the stakeholders were satisfied with how the government initially dealt with the pandemic, although they were very critical of the lack of communication. Additionally, they noted that domestic tourism is an important springboard for recovery in the country but only if effective collaboration between the private and public sectors is enhanced.Practical/managerial implications: Recommendations are made for more communication amongst stakeholders, which in turn will result in better collaborations and ultimately achieving effective use of domestic tourism as a cornerstone for further development and recovery.Contribution/value-add: This study makes a modest contribution to tourism research, especially in the face of external shocks such as that of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-03-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative / Interviews
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ac.v23i1.1066
Source Acta Commercii; Vol 23, No 1 (2023); 10 pages 1684-1999 2413-1903
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Siyabulela Nyikana, Hilary K.N. Bama