Unrealized tourism potential Academic Article uri icon


  • Many countries of sub-Saharan Africa have made efforts to transform their tourism potential into a profitable industry. However, these efforts have largely failed. After discussing the primary motives of countries in the sub-region for undertaking tourism development, five inhibiting factors which appear to account primarily for this failure are identified. They are a negative image; lack of foreign exchange to procure parts, equipment and other resources for tourism development; lack of skilled manpower; weak institutional frameworks for tourism planning; and political instability, resulting from civil liberation wars and military coups, which compounds the other four problems. The paper concludes with suggested strategies for mitigating the impact of these inhibitors to tourism development. © 1990.

published proceedings

  • Tourism Management

author list (cited authors)

  • Ankomah, P. K., & Crompton, J. L

citation count

  • 56

complete list of authors

  • Ankomah, Paul Kwame||Crompton, John L

publication date

  • March 1990