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Constraints and drivers of community participation and empowerment in tourism planning and development in Nigeria

Adebayo, AD and Butcher, J (2021) Constraints and drivers of community participation and empowerment in tourism planning and development in Nigeria. Tourism Review International, 45 (2-3). pp. 209-227. ISSN 1544-2721


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It has been argued in the contemporary academic discourse on tourism planning that community participation in the planning process creates a mechanism to mitigate negative impacts and to satisfy at least some of the needs of the community. In this context, this article analyzes the underlying factors that constrain community participation and empowerment in decision-making in South West Nigeria. It also seeks to identify factors that can drive such processes in tourism development. The research adopts a qualitative approach to gather data from stakeholders in the Nigerian tourism sector. Findings from the research show that three factors constrained local community participation and empowerment. These factors are mainly intangible and relate to the political culture in Nigeria. They include community awareness and education, issues of trust, transparency, and accountability, hence making the community members feel a sense of alienation from the process. It is thus recommended that the Local Government Tourism Committees should be given the capacity to function in order to aid participation and empowerment at the local community level.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1506 Tourism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > G154.9 Travel and state. Tourism
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Cognizant, LLC
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2024 09:17
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2024 14:06
DOI or ID number: 10.3727/154427221X16098837280000
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23631
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