M.Sc. in Development Studies
Department of Development Studies
University of Fort Hare
CULTURAL TOURISM AND COMMUNITY-LED DEVELOPMENT IN ZIMBABWE: A CASE OF BINGA DISTRICT
The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of cultural tourism in bringing about community development in Zimbabwe particularly in Binga District. A review of literature was done which was meant to assess social and economic successes and failures of cultural tourism typologies. The participatory and market-based theories to community development were adopted. A qualitative research methodology guided by secondary data analysis was used. The study found out that many people in rural areas lack knowledge and skills in relation to cultural tourism. The conclusion is that if local people are allowed to participate in the marketing of their culture; this will help yield the benefits of cultural tourism such as poverty reduction and economic development.