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Title:The limits of urban heritage tourism in South Africa: the case of Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
Author:Van der Merwe, Clinton DavidISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)
Geographic term:South Africa
cultural heritage
urban areas
Abstract:The strategic policy and interest in heritage tourism for the South African tourism economy is analysed, using the case of Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. A former Boer fort and British prison, it has held famous prisoners such as Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi. It has been the seat of the Constitutional Court of South Africa since 2004. A major role in the regeneration of the precinct was played by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA). It is argued that this iconic heritage attraction is seemingly failing to attract many local visitors or tourists despite its important national heritage status. Using structured interviews with stakeholders and questionnaires with visitors and local residents, the research critically explores their understanding of heritage tourism as well as their perceptions of its influence on the physical landscape as a driver for local development. The author recommends revisiting the planning and developments of the site in order to address visitor concerns over safety, vandalism, the alienation of local residents, weak management and lack of cooperation of all stakeholders in Constitution Hill. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]