Journal of
Hospitality Management and Tourism

  • Abbreviation: J. Hosp. Manage. Tourism
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6575
  • DOI: 10.5897/JHMT
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 55

Full Length Research Paper

Assessing protected areas for ecotourism development: The case of Maze National Park, Ethiopia

Henok Bekele
  • Henok Bekele
  • Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
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Endalkachew Teshome
  • Endalkachew Teshome
  • University of Gondar, Ethiopia
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Mulugeta Asteray
  • Mulugeta Asteray
  • University of Gondar, Ethiopia
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  •  Received: 15 June 2015
  •  Accepted: 18 January 2016
  •  Published: 30 March 2017

Abstract

Ecotourism is growing niche market with the potential of being sustainable development tool in protected areas. Ecotourism development needs preliminary assessment of the destination resources. This study was done with the objective of assessing ecotourism potential of Maze National Park for ecotourism development. The study used survey research design. Structured questionnaires and structured key informant interviews were used to collect data. Target population of the study was tourism experts. Samples are selected purposefully to gather genuine information from relevant respondents. The result showed that Maze National Park has high ecotourism potential in terms of its natural features, but it has moderate potential regarding provision of site infrastructure and human resource features. The local community residing in the vicinity of the national park has low potential of tangible cultural features but possesses various intangible cultural features which can attract tourists. Hence, the national park has good potential for ecotourism development.

 

Key words: Ecotourism, Protected Area, Maze National Park, Ethiopia