Cape Town - Tourism in townships may be given a boost after a University of Cape Town survey found that seven-in-10 tourists felt safe on township tours, which had also reversed some of their negative perceptions.
Township tourism peaked during the 2010 World Cup. But the international perception of violence and crime was further cemented by the murder of Anni Dewani in November 2010, and more recently, by mob-justice killings, particularly in the Western Cape.
However, the survey by Dr Richard George, convener of UCT’s Tourism and Events Management Course, and two students, Michael Kramer and Constandino Vichos, has shed some light on the image of township tourism.
The study, which ran between June and August, surveyed 317 tourists from 23 countries and involved 44 township tour operators. The results seem to indicate that township tourism is growing steadily.