Eleko Rural Beach Initiative: Maximizing Economic Benefit Of Domestic Tourism Destination In Littoral Lagos Community

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Adejumo, O. T.
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Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos
The catalytic effect of tourists spending across the economy entrenched leisure industry in the current globalization paradigm. Tourism has become an appealing sustainable economic development for third world nations in dire need of alternative source of foreign exchange earning and poverty eradication program. This is true of sustainable community base tourism that marries the needs for economic development and quality of life with the protection of natural resources. Eleko community rural beach in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government of Lagos State is a typical example. Through community participatory initiative, this 600 coastal village embarked on domestic tourism development as an alternative to dwindling fortunes from predominantly artisanal fishing industry. This paper examined the economic impact of this simple rural beach tourism initiative. The finding showed that the benefit accrued to the people is from ownership of small scale tourism enterprises and wages from employment. Increasing this benefit requires an efficient management that will explore the development of unique tourism product marketable in metropolitan Lagos. Such product must have a strong linkage to the primary farming and fishing occupation.
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Coastal tourism , Beach , Economics , Lagos , Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY::Civil engineering and architecture
Adejumo O. T. (2010). Eleko Rural Beach Initiative: Maximizing Economic Benefit of Domestic Tourism Destination In Littoral Lagos Community. Journal of Urban and Regional Planning Review. University of Lagos, Lagos, 2(1&2),91-98