Local Community and Tourism Development: A Study of Rural Mountainous Destinations

Local Community and Tourism Development: A Study of Rural Mountainous Destinations. Modern Applied Science, 9 (8). pp. 399-408. ISSN 1913-1844 (2015)


Malaysia is internationally regarded as a popular rural destination because of its natural heritage. Rural tourism
is increasingly viewed as a panacea for increasing the economic viability of marginalized areas, stimulating
social regeneration, and improving the living conditions of rural communities. This study explores local
community involvement in a rural tourism development in Kinabalu National Park, Sabah. We explore how the
local community perceives their involvement in a local rural tourism development and look to identify the
benefit of tourism destination development for this community. To address these objectives, we employed
quantitative research methodologies and a sample of 378 respondents drawn from villages surrounding Kinabalu
National Park. Sampled residents indicated having positive perceptions of tourism development in the area.
Local communities enjoy being involved in the tourism sector because it improves their key income resources
and quality of life.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Tourism, Tourism industry, Cultural tourism, Heritage tourism, Tourism research
Taxonomy: By Subject > Hotel & Tourism Management > Common Areas
By Subject > Hotel & Tourism Management > Tourism Management
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Hotel & Tourism Management
Depositing User: Asrizam Awang Aman
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2021 09:59
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 09:59
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