Expected losses in tourism revenue for some African economies is accelerating best practice into National Parks in order to shore up finances, and the private sector is looking to a closer working relationship with local communities.

In Zambia, as well as additional support from central coffers, the government is diversifying the tourism sector as a way of broadening the revenue base. The Zambia Wildlife Authority (Zawa) would start the auctioning of game meat, participate in the capture of animals for local and international game ranching and the culling of species to supply game meat to butcheries. Plus, establish tourism block concessions in all the national parks and increase tourist sites so as to attract more investors.

Uganda’s tourism operators are all losing money as the high-value gorilla tracking trade [US$500 per day] has evaporated and are calling on the Ugandan government to come up with a strategy for coordinated promotion among the tourism industry.

Namibia’s tourism industry association, Fenata is calling for Namibians to realize that Namibia is not just tourism, it is our land, our future and our pride. It must not be degraded or exploited but nurtured and renewed … all Namibians should concern themselves with the conservation of the product.

 Tanzania’s wildlife-based tourism operators supplying the northern circuit from Arusha are keen to further inure their industry by developing a socially-concious development-focused form of tourism to complement the existing wildlife.

If better management and more local linkages can result, these countries might be building a stronger tourism economy for the future.