n Institute of African Studies Research Review - The influence of tourism activity on people's livelihoods in selected tourist centres in Ogun State, Nigeria
|Article Title||The influence of tourism activity on people's livelihoods in selected tourist centres in Ogun State, Nigeria|
|© Publisher:||Institute of African Studies|
|Journal||Institute of African Studies Research Review|
|Author||K. Oyebisi Bakare|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||113 - 126|
|Keyword(s)||Impact, Livelihoods, Sustainability and Tourism|
Tourism is not an isolated economic venture; it spreads over the spheres of all other sectors. The study examined the influence of tourism activity on people's livelihoods in selected tourist centres in Ogun State, Nigeria. The research was carried out in three purposively selected popular tourism centres in Ogun State. Data were collected with the distribution of a structured questionnaire to 150 respondents. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics (frequency and percentage) and inferential statistics (chi square). The findings revealed that the influence of tourism on people is enormous. Tourism has helped to generate income and livelihoods to people living around tourism host areas in Ogun State. It was also observed in the study that sex (X2=5.56, p>0.05) and educational qualifications (X2=2.71, p>0.05) were not significant to engaging in tourism based business. This makes it accessible to all and sundry in the tourism host communities, especially rural areas where illiteracy rate is high. A majority of the respondents in the study area, (Olumo rock 76.0%, Nasfat 54.0%, and RCCG 66.0%) acknowledged that their businesses fetch them high profit. Items/services mostly demanded in the study area were local souvenirs (31.4%), destination services (10.8%), food and drinks (31.7%), and other services (12.5%) which are all branded in Nigeria and can possibly improve the nation's economy at large. Based on the above findings, it is recommended that more tourism outlets need to be discovered and developed to accommodate more traders to emerge around tourism destinations.
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