Tourism and Community Development in Akoko Edo Local Government Area, Edo State

Authors: Ozimede Idode*,
Topics: Tourism Geography, Development
Keywords: Tourism, Community, Development
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Beverly, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Terrace Level
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This study sought to examine the impact of tourism on the level of infrastructural development in the Akoko Edo LGA, Nigeria. Similarly, the bearing of tourism on employment generation was examined, the challenges of tourism as it affects community development, proffer plausible solutions to the issue or challenges that are prevalent in the community with regard to tourism development. Questionnaires were administered in other to obtain data on the different impacts tourism has had on community development. In addition, private discussions and interviews about challenges of tourism as it affects community development with the indigenes were carried out. The study conducted a statistical analysis on the various data retrieved from the field. The study revealed that tourism development has a significant impact on employment generation. Also the analysis showed Tourism has significant impact on the improvement of road infrastructure development in the community. The study further revealed that Tourism development has significant impact on electricity supply. Also during the course of this research, findings revealed that the level of support received from relevant authorities in respect of tourism development in the community has been minimal and largely inadequate. Thus, the study concluded with the recommendation that government should take responsibility in improving the tourism facilities and sites in communities, because the quality of assistance and maintenance giving to tourism development have the capabilities to advance the overall wellbeing of the locals and in general affect community development positively in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo state.

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