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Place Marketing for Johannesburg in 1938 (Source: South African Railways and Harbours, 1938)



Carlton Hotel advertising 1939 (Source: South African Railways and Harbours, 1939)


Urbani izziv Volume 30, No. supplement, February 2019 : 112-128

DOI: 10.5379/urbani-izziv-en-2019-30-supplement-008

 

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Author

Christian M. ROGERSON

School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
crogerson@uj.ac.za

Jayne M. ROGERSON

School of Tourism & Hospitality, College of Business and Economics University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
jayner@uj.ac.za

 

Title

Historical urban tourism: Developmental challenges in Johannesburg 1920-1950

 

Abstract

Over the past decade there has been considerable growth and maturation of research concerning contemporary urban tourism. Tourism in major cities is not a new phenomenon rather it has existed from the earliest times of civilization following the birth of cities. The historical development of cities as tourist destinations has remained little investigated as urban tourism research is overwhelmingly ‘present-minded’. This paper addresses the neglect of historical studies in urban tourism. Using archival sources an investigation is undertaken of the early development of tourism in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, which evolved from a gold mining camp established in 1886. The analysis focuses on the period from 1920 when the first tourism promotional activities were initiated to 1950 when national government enacted the Group Areas Act which began the radical reshaping of tourism in South Africa under the influence of apartheid legislation. In the formative years of urban tourism in Johannesburg between 1920 and 1950 two key overarching challenges are identified. These are the challenges of identifying and promoting the city’s tourism assets and of the building of a competitive infrastructure for tourism development, most notably in terms of the hotel accommodation sector.

 

Key Words

urban tourism, historical urban tourism, tourism infrastructure, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

 

 

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