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and external control of Africa’s tourism industry
A case study of wildlife safari tourism in Kenya
ByJohn S. Akama
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In most non-Western societies, particularly in Africa, that underwent colonial rule, external interest groups have over the years played a significant, if not a dominant role, in the development of tourism in those societies. In the case of Kenya, the development of tourism, particularly the development of wildlife safari tourism, is closely linked to the era of colonialism in the African continent. Indeed, it can be argued that the current forms of tourism development initiatives in Kenya and most other African countries are still, to a large extent, influenced by Western ideological values, and mainly respond to external economic interests. Thus the development of tourism in Kenya, as is the case with most developing countries, conforms to historical and economic structures of colonialism and external control.