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Title:Revisiting the 'Old' South Africa: Excursions Into South Africa's Tourist History Under Apartheid, 1948-1990
Author:Grundlingh, AlbertISNI
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic term:South Africa
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:This article views tourism as a site of contestation and highlights the interaction between tourism and wider societal forces in South Africa in the period 1948-1990. The 1960s saw the growth of tourism in the wake of an economic boom, relative political quietude and the advent of jet travel. While the obvious exclusionary elements of the system skewed tourist endeavours, a relatively sophisticated tourist infrastructure was nevertheless established. Nor in a decade of optimism and belief in South Africa's race policies was it deemed necessary deliberately to use tourism to promote apartheid policies. The effects of political unrest since 1976, which reached a climax in the 1980s, and South Africa's increasing international isolation, placed the tourist industry under greater pressure and there were fewer reservations in overtly mixing politics and tourism. The industry managed, however, to weather the storm insofar as the overall number of annual foreign arrivals remained fairly constant. The article concludes with an examination of the promotion of tourism in the homelands. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]