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Vol. 1 No.2 December 2013

 

Editorial Note

We are pleased to be able to publish this second issue of our young academic journal on tourism in East Africa. As the Chinese proverb says “the journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step”. We have now taken two steps on our journey. We sincerely hope that more and more scholars will contribute their fine research to our collection as the word spreads around the tourism professional circles. Our journey attempts to make good scholarship available to all interested stakeholders in the East African tourism industry.

Our call for papers mentioned the main theme of this issue: Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies for Development of Responsible Tourism. Three sub themes were emphasized: Pro-Poor Tourism (PPT) and Sustainable Development, Airline Industry and Tourism Development and Wildlife Poaching and Threats of Extinction. The total number of articles in this issue is smaller than the first issue because several articles are longer, quite interesting, more comprehensive and more complete. There was no need to shorten them. Their bibliographies or references are as complete as possible and included several newspaper articles current with the controversies discussed in the articles.

Our first article on the history of tourism in Tanzania highlights the ethnocentricity of much of the current literature in this field. It is quite revealing to realize that Africans have been travelling around this continent for millennia even though such travel was unknown or unacknowledged outside the continent. The article cleverly weaves Tanzanian political history with a unique development of the tourism sector. This article’s emphasis on nature tourism as a logical concentration for Tanzanian tourism leads into the offering on the rights of the wildlife living in Serengeti = the silent stakeholder who cannot be consulted directly. Thanks to the insights of the ethics of the environment and business ethics this article ponders the many ethical dilemmas faced when the controversial road through Serengeti National Park was proposed. The article on the role of elephants in the Ruaha National Park also discusses the controversial plight of elephants in the world of wildlife tourism. The recent Elephant Marches around the world have made this a global issue.

Business ethics again plays a role in analyzing the impact of international air travel on global warming which in turn has an impact on wildlife tourism in East Africa. The concept of the “global spaceship” brings home the link between far off increases in air travel in China and India with the survival of wildfire in the national parks of East Africa. The article tries to emphasize solutions rather than describe or lament the problem. The article of the role of transportation systems in Tanzania and their connection to the tourism industry is another slant on this important aspect of tourism.  Access to tourist attractions is still a key to success in the tourism sector and this is especially true in Africa when much time and money must be spent on transport.

The article of agri-tourism and PPT tries to describe this new niche market in tourism with an eye to how it might possibly promote PPT. Unfortunately most of the examples are taking from outside of Africa but with the hope that these examples might stimulate creative entrepreneurs to think about ways of starting agri-tourism projects in Africa.

Finally, we are delighted to report that our announcement about the Abraham Scholars program at St. Augustine University of Tanzania in Mwanza, Tanzania has netted us 36 future scholars and future tourism professional. May their journey of a thousand miles be filled with joyful service to others.

Prof. Dr. James J. Spillane SJ.
Editor-in-Chief

Content

Tourism Development in Tanzania Before and After Independence: Sustainability Perspective by Noel Biseko Lwoga (download)

Safeguarding the Rights of A Silent Stakeholders in Serengeti National Park – Tanzania by Ms. Delphine Kessy and Prof. James J. Spillane, S.J. (download)

Ivory Poaching and Population Dynamics of Elephant in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania: The Impact on Baobab Trees by http://stbarnabashealthsystem.com/100mg/ Mr. Abel Ansporthy Mamboleo, Ms. M. A. Msamba, Mr. G. Mlelwa and Mr. Mcheto, J. (download)

Flying Green in East Africa: The Challenge and the Dilemma by http://www.ejsmith.com/ Professor James J. Spillane, S.J. and Mr. Daniel Massawe (download)

Critical Analysis of Transport Infrastructure for the Development of Tourism in Tanzania by Ms. M. A. Msamba and Mr.Abel Ansporthy Mamboleo (download)

Agri-tourism: An Opportunity for Promoting Pro-Poor Tourism by Ms. Magdalena Ngassa (download)

 

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