Implications of ecotourism development in protected areas: A study from Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary, Bangladesh

Rana, M. P., Sohel, M. S. I., Mukul, S. A., Chowdhury, M. S. H., Akhter, S., Alam, M., Chowdhury, Q. and Koike, M. (2010) Implications of ecotourism development in protected areas: A study from Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary, Bangladesh. iForest, 3 23-29. doi:10.3832/ifor0520-003

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Author Rana, M. P.
Sohel, M. S. I.
Mukul, S. A.
Chowdhury, M. S. H.
Akhter, S.
Alam, M.
Chowdhury, Q.
Koike, M.
Title Implications of ecotourism development in protected areas: A study from Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary, Bangladesh
Journal name iForest   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1971-7458
Publication date 2010-01-22
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3832/ifor0520-003
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 3
Start page 23
End page 29
Total pages 7
Place of publication Potenza, Italy
Publisher Societa Italiana di Selvicoltura ed Ecologia Forestale (SISEF)
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article is based on visitors profile study of protected area based tourist spots of Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary (RKWS), Bangladesh to ascertain the potential of ecotourism. Study findings shows that 69% male constitute the visitors group while the maximum number of visitors was found in the age of below 30 years. Most of the visitors were literate and among them 43% visitors were student. Most (53%) of visitors preferred to get recreation in holidays as they were employed. Visitors were highly preferred to come with friends group. About 92% respondents showed positive mind to come here in future while 89% respondents view that park has tourism potential. Most of the respondents reported the presence of wildlife (48%) most notable followed by plant diversity and tribal community as recreational. From χ2 test it is found that highly significance association present between tourism potentiality of the wildlife sanctuary and some demographic variable like income of tourists (χ2 = 49.138, p < 0.000), visiting pattern (χ2 = 19.344, p < 0.000), education of tourists (χ2 = 50.226, p < 0.000), travelling distance (Km - χ2 = 11.427, p < 0.022), duration of staying (χ2 = 12.867, p < 0.002), frequency of visit (χ2 = 8.456, p < 0.015), visiting time (χ2 = 6.530, p < 0.011), problem in the study area (χ2 = 14.962, p < 0.021), occupation of tourists (χ2 = 8.848, p < 0.031). If the problems addressed by the visitors were solved, RKWS would be a bright place of eco-tourism in Bangladesh.
Keyword Ecotourism
Protected area
Tourism potential
Visitors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
 
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