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Collaboration as a potential strategy for addressing socio-cultural impacts of tourism development: Insights from Nigeria

Afamefuna, E. and Lee, D. (2018) Collaboration as a potential strategy for addressing socio-cultural impacts of tourism development: Insights from Nigeria. In: 7th Biennial International Tourism Studies Association Conference (ITSA) 2018, 6 - 10 August 2018, Tshwane, South Africa



Using selected clans in Anambra and Enugu States as case studies, this study discusses collaboration as a potential strategy for addressing socio-cultural consequences of tourism to help achieve responsible tourism development. Most studies in this field focus on economic factors which are easier to measure than socio-cultural. Our study aims are to explain how tourism operators are using local peoples’ socio-cultural values and practices for tourism, the challenges encountered and how collaboration/community participation can help to address these challenges. The findings presented in this study are from ongoing PhD fieldwork. This is a qualitative research which adopts an ethnographic method of data collection. The study utilizes triangulation of methods to interact with participants through in-depth interviews, focus group discussion and participant observation. There are four groups of participants: traditional rulers; village representatives; men, women and youth and tourism officials. Tourism development in Anambra and Enugu States is localized. This is a consequence of poor funding and stakeholder’attitudes including those of government and tourism planners. Stakeholders adopt a top-down approach to tourism development thus neglecting the views of the local people. This affects the peoples’ perception of tourism and its consequences. Positive and negative socio-cultural results of tourism were observed. The local people argued that if they are part of the planning and decision-making process, they can support tourism development and help address potential problems. The findings from this study will serve as reference point to…

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Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
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