How is malaria’s impact on tourism?
These days, with effective preventative measures such as prophylactic medication and long-lasting insecticide treated bednets, the risk of contracting malaria as a tourist is greatly reduced. However, there is some evidence that the risk of contracting malaria is a deterrent for some tourists, particularly during high transmission periods of the year, in certain places.
For example, in South Africa, a group of researchers surveyed tourist facilities in KwaZulu-Natal and found that risk of contracting malaria was the major cause behind lack of bed occupancy. Improving tourists’ awareness of how the disease is transmitted and ways of preventing infection will go a long way to reducing the negative impact of the disease on the tourism industry in malarial countries.