Die invloed van plattelandse toerisme op die ontwikkeling en struktuur van Sutherland
Thesis (MA (Geography and Environmental Studies))--University of Stellenbosch, 2009.
This study combines qualitative and quantitative techniques in an inquiry into the influence of rural tourism on the development and structure of Sutherland from 2001 till 2005. Sutherland, like most small rural towns in the Central and Western Karoo, is/was in the process of decline. Rural tourism is seen as a solution to curb the process of decline. The study investigates this assumption by analyzing the positive and negative impacts of tourism on the economic, social and environmental spheres of Sutherland and looks at concomitant structural changes. Special emphasis is placed on the changing nature of Sutherland’s reason for existence and the dualistic processes of degradation on the one side and tourism development on the other. These complex time-spatial and site-specific trends are analyzed and recommendations are made for the management of the tourism industry of Sutherland.