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Case study of mass tourism in the tropics: Kenya


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Maasai Mara
Name of the game reserve in Kenya
high yield
the Kenya tourist board is trying to attract this type of tourist (high spending but low numbers)
80
the price (US$) of entry into the park from July 2011
1.8
million number of tourists expecting the visit Kenya this year
500
million pounds being generated by tourists into economy
560
the number of square miles of Maasai Mara game reserve
290,000
the number of tourists visiting the Maasai Mara game reserve each year
25
the number of permanent lodges and campsites in Maasai Mara game reserve
8,000
the number of tourists that could be in game reserve at one time during peak months (June - August)
70
number of safari vans that could be queuing at one time to see an animal
8
the number of hours tourist were stuck in the park due to erosion of the path
erosion
one of the impacts of many safari vans on the paths in the park
harassed
one of the impacts on the animals in the park
Serengeti
the name of a game reserve in Tanzania that has controlled tourism
9
the number of tourist lodges in the Serengeti game reserve
savanna
the climate of Kenya, grasslands with a few trees with a wet and dry season
500
millions of dollars tourism generates for Kenya each year
tips
the reason some drivers get so close to animals and potentially disturbs their feeding and breeding routine
500,000
the number of Kenyans who have jobs in the tourist industry
hot air balloons
better than safari vans but noise can disturb animals
Maasai
the name of the nomadic tribe that live in the game reserve, many people visit them as part of cultural tourism
coral reefs
one of the attractions of visiting Mombasa
hotel charges
by making these much higher the tourist board is hoping to discourage low spending mass tourists
June
the start of the peak season
August
then end of the peak season
Mombasa
the area for beach holidays
wildlife
one of the physical reasons for visiting Kenya