Visitor perceptions of crime-safety and attitudes towards risk: the case of Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town

Richard George

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

75 Citations (Scopus)


This paper investigates tourist perceptions of crime-safety and attitudes towards risk whilst visiting Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) in Cape Town in June and July 2008. The study examined survey data of 303 domestic and international tourists during their visit to TMNP. A linear regression analysis revealed that although visitors had concerns about their personal safety they are still likely to return to TMNP and recommend it to other people. In addition, visitor attitudes towards risk did not influence perceptions of crime-safety and its effect on their intentions to revisit or recommend TMNP. The results also show that respondent's individual characteristics such as age, nationality, and purpose of visit influenced their perceptions of crime-safety. Perceptions that TMNP is unsafe tended to increase with respondent's age. Respondents on holiday were more likely to perceive TMNP as safer than those on business or visiting friends and relatives. The study's findings add to the literature by offering more insight on tourist perceptions of crime-safety and attitudes towards risk and their impact on tourist behaviour. Various tourist-crime prevention measures to enhance visitor safety at national parks are also recommended to the tourism industry and law enforcement agencies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-815
Number of pages10
JournalTourism Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • tourism
  • perceptions
  • crime-safety
  • risk attitudes
  • crime prevention

Cite this