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Tourists’ willingness to pay to view otters along the Wild Coast, South Africa: a potential for in creased ecotourism

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dc.contributor.author Dumalisile, Lihle
dc.contributor.author Somers, Michael
dc.contributor.author Walters, Michele
dc.contributor.author Nel, J A H
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-06T08:34:15Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-06T08:34:15Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Dumalisile, L., Somers, M., Walters, M. & Nel, J. 2005. Tourists’ willingness to pay to view otters along the Wild Coast, South Africa: A potential for in creased ecotourism, 1(1):97-106, Dec. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3847
dc.description.abstract This article reports on tourists’ willingness to pay to view Cape clawless otters Aonyx capensis along the Eastern Cape Wild Coast, South Africa. We collected data from a survey carried out using a structured, selfadministered questionnaire. We analyzed 67 completed questionnaires, of which 60 respondents (89.5%) indicated that they would be interested in viewing otters and would be prepared to pay an extra fee, over and above the normal entrance fees, for a trained guide to show them otters. The remaining 7 (10.4%) respondents indicated that they would reconsider and pay if this would create jobs for members of the local community. Most (98.4% and 91.8%) of the respondents also indicated that they would still pay even if there was only a 50% or 25% chance of seeing otters. Most of the respondents were willing to pay either less than R50.00 (ca US$8.00) or R50.00- R100.00 to view otters regardless of the chances of seeing them. We conclude from our results that otters do have the potential to increase ecotourism in the area, and also to contribute financially to the poverty stricken local Dwesa community. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Aonyx capensis en
dc.subject Cape clawless otter en
dc.subject small carnivores en
dc.subject rural development en
dc.title Tourists’ willingness to pay to view otters along the Wild Coast, South Africa: a potential for in creased ecotourism en
dc.type Article en


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