Assessment of perception of local residents in selected communities of rivers state, Nigeria for coastal tourism development
Obinwanne Cletus Okechukwu
The true success of planning and development of tourism lies in the effective participation of the stakeholders; while the host community is a fundamental component of any tourism system. The study assessed the perception of local residents of Opobo, Bonny and Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria towards developing their communities into tourism destination. The data for the study were obtained through questionnaire from respondents of different age groups and genders. A total of 400 copies of questionnaire were distributed to Opobo, Port Harcourt and Bonny residents at 67, 238 and 95 copies respectively. The questionnaire was of two parts (A and B). While part a contained demographic information of the respondents, the part B focused on the perception of the local residents toward harnessing tourism potentials in their communities. The results showed high level of acceptance and willingness of the local residents to get involved in tourism development in their communities because of their understanding of economic benefits of tourism to their communities. It is recommended that adult local residents of different age groups and genders be fully involved in the decision making process of planning and development of tourism in their locality to ensure sustainable tourism development.
Obinwanne Cletus Okechukwu. Assessment of perception of local residents in selected communities of rivers state, Nigeria for coastal tourism development. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 11, 2015, Pages 643-647