COUNTRY SCOPE: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mauritius.
BURKINA FASO: Burkina Faso has a modest share of tourismcompared to many other African countries. The development of nature-based tourism has been identified by the government as a source of revenue for the management of conservation areas in Burkina Faso. The implementation of sustainable tourism will benefit local communities as well as local authorities.
GHANA: Tourism plays a relatively moderate but growing role in the economy of Ghana. In spite of the substantial growth of the tourism industry over the past fifteen years, the true wealth‐creating and poverty reducing potential of the sector has not been realised. Ghana through the development of nature-based tourism and implementation of SCP practices in the sector has the potential to realise the true potential of this sector.
MAURITIUS: Tourism is the third pillar of the Mauritian economy and contributes significantly to economic growth and has been a key factor in the overall development of Mauritius. A Tourism Development Plan was prepared in 2000 setting the objective of Mauritius acquiring a ‘Green Destination’ status by 2020. This involves eliminating unsustainable environmental practices throughout the island, in hotels,businesses and the local community. The tourism industry is also developing its own eco-label.