STREAM: Tourism in Africa

STREAM: Tourism in Africa

Tourism is an important economic sector that has the potential to contribute significantly to African economies, more so, within Sub Saharan Africa. However, there is limited scholarly engagement of Africanists and African Studies on tourism, resulting in much of the existing debates and practices being a reproduction of the Western idea of tourism. Although the latter has led to modest gains by Africa of a share of the global trade in tourism, the continent in general and Sub Saharan Africa in particular, faces a wide range of challenges that limit Africa’s potential in this sector. With this in mind, this stream invites papers from Africanists and African scholars, who are keen to explore why and how a myriad of issues are preventing Africa from realising her full potential in tourism. The papers must be relevant both conceptually and contextually to Africa. Key themes of interest include but are not limited to:

  • African perspectives on the nature of tourism and what it means to be a tourist;
  • the perceptions of African culture and aesthetics and how this is reproduced in and through tourism,
  • regionalisation and political economy of tourism in Africa,
  • Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 technologies and how these are being harnessed to position African tourism to a global tourist trade,
  • the role of languages (native and foreign) in African tourism,
  • the role of institutional and managerial capabilities
  • domestic tourism in Africa

If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Maureen Ayikoru ( and Milburga Atcero ( For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website 

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