Many remote parts of Africa have limited access to markets and to economic activity in general, which often restricts their options in terms of ways of generating income in order to prosper. These remote areas are often also home to vast and beautiful landscapes, a variety of wildlife, and unique cultures – areas that many visitors would be interested in experiencing. This overlap creates a potentially wonderful opportunity for tourism to be developed in order to generate benefits locally.
Tourism opportunities in these remote areas must, however, be developed in a way that considers the local human and natural environments first and foremost as they are the foundation for sustainable tourism.
Like so many things in life where goal posts shift and strengths become weaknesses and weaknesses become strengths., what is necessary for the ‘sustainability’ of tourism development is unique to each situation and will also evolve over time. As such, it is not only the hospitality side of a tourism business that requires a broad range of expertise in order to execute it successfully, but so do the operational aspects that impact on places and people – both in-house and on surrounding communities. Levelle perspectives supports tourism businesses to continually adapt and respond to these challenges by designing and implementing systems in their operations that will enable them to manage the sustainability of their business more easily and to focus on how to maximise the benefits their business can leverage in the local area.
Levelle perspectives’ corresponding business development expertise includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- supply chain analysis, including “green purchasing” and the identification, development, and diversification of local micro-enterprises that can supply to your tourism business
- corporate social responsibility strategies
- implementing systems and structures to engage all staff in meeting sustainability objectives
- engaging guests in your sustainability practices
- incorporating Sustainable Tourism Certification standards into your operational framework
- designing a fair and democratic workplace that does not conflict with legal requirements or local customs