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Local perceptions of tourism development and socio-cultural impacts in Nigeria

Afamefuna, E., Lee, D. and Trees, K. (2021) Local perceptions of tourism development and socio-cultural impacts in Nigeria. Tourism Planning & Development .

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There is a shortage of literature on the nature of tourism development and the socio-cultural impacts in Nigeria, making it challenging to identify and discuss strategies for building on positive aspects. Unplanned tourism leaves local people aggrieved, whilst planned tourism may provide economic benefits and help to revive their culture. Although tourism development in Nigeria is affected by terrorism and insecurity, the government is willing to develop the industry. Therefore, research is needed to understand tourism development and socio-cultural consequences. This paper reports on a study conducted in Southeastern Nigeria, which confirmed that tourism is in the early development stage, and the local people noted that significant adverse impacts are not observable. The paper proposes strategies for addressing potential negative socio-cultural impacts, including being realistic, working together, creating equal opportunities and education/awareness. This paper provides valuable information for planners and developers on possible ways of developing resident-friendly tourism destination.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): IT, Media and Communications
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor & Francis group
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