The main objective of this study was to investigate the impact of tourism to the tourist sites in Abeokuta, with particular reference to Olumo rock. Tourism is a vital source of both public as well as private income, source of foreign exchange earnings. It is one of the most important sectors in generating employment opportunities to unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled human resources. Despite of all the economic benefits, tourism can also be a threat to natural environment where the tourist attraction exist. In order to fulfil the objectives of this study, both secondary and primary sources of data were used. A total of fifty two respondents participated in this research. The study found that Tourism has both negative and positive impacts to the tourist attraction. The study established that, negative impacts appeared to a large extent; hence the study suggests various ways to overcome the problems. According to the findings, the study concluded that, tourist sites attractions along the coast of Abeokuta present many opportunities and challenges for sustainable tourism development. Many of the attractions, however, need a great deal of work in terms of rehabilitation, management and promotion. Since different attractions are under the supervision of many different agencies, it is important to take a comprehensive approach that creates and sustains management program. The study recommends that tourism management plans have to be developed and implemented on a pilot basis which can develop into a sustainable financing mechanism for the management and protection of these important resources.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Cultural tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing global tourism markets. Culture and creative industries are increasingly being used to promote destinations and enhance the competitiveness and attractiveness. Many locations are now actively developing their tangible and intangible cultural assets as a means of developing comparative advantages in an increasingly competitive market place, and to create local distinctiveness in the face of globalisation.
The impact of tourism industry on cultural upliftment examines the growing relationship between tourism and culture, and the way in which they have together become major drivers of destination attractiveness and competitiveness. Based on the case study. Olumo rock in Abeokuta, that illustrate the different facets of the relationship between the culture, tourism and regional attractiveness, and the policy interventions which can enhance the relationship, this research work shows how a strong link between tourism industry and cultural upliftment can be forestered to assist places become more attractive to tourists, as well as increasingly their competitiveness as locations to live work and invest in.
This project is essential reading for academic national and local policy makers and practitioners and all those in the tourism sector who wish to understand the tourism industry as an in-road to cultural upliftment.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE SUDY
It is erroneously believed that our cultural heritage is gradually being pushed aside by technological advancements. Therefore, this research work is interested in finding answers to how the tourism industry can enhance the cultural upliftment within the relationship between tourism industry and cultural upliftment.
1.3 Objectives of the Study
- To investigate the cultural practices in Abeokuta, Ogun state?
- To investigate the tourism activities carried out in Olumo rock, Abeokuta, Ogun state?
- To assess the impact of tourism activities around Olumo rock to the cultural upliftment in Abeokuta, Ogun state
- Are there cultural practices in Abeokuta, Ogun state ?
- What are the tourism activities carried out in Olumo rock, Abeokuta, Ogun state ?
- Are there any upliftment caused by the tourism activities around Olumo rock in the culture of Abeokuta, Ogun state
1.5 Significance of the Study
As discussed earlier, tourism has unlimited potential in improving the economics and culture of the nations. However, if poorly planned and managed could cause a negative impact to the tangible natural heritage resources such rocks, mountains, marine life, mangrove trees. The findings of the study therefore, could help decision makers in the sector to make informed decisions on the management of tourism tangible heritage resources.
Also, the study has the potential of raising awareness among the public and decision makers on the impact of tourism on tangible heritage resources.
1.5 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This research work is limited to Olumo rock which is a major tourist destination in Abeokuta Ogun State.
1.6 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
In the course of this research work, the researcher encountered problems such as financial and time constraints, lack of right and informative materials and journals.
1.7 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Tourism: Is the travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes.
Industry: The production of goods from raw materials especially in factories.
Tourism Industry: This is the business of providing things for people to do, places for them to stay etc. while they are on holiday.
Tourists: Someone who is traveling or visiting a place for people to do
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