A preliminary study on residents perception of ecotourism in Kota Kinabalu Park, Sabah / Diana Dalie

Dalie, Diana (2009) A preliminary study on residents perception of ecotourism in Kota Kinabalu Park, Sabah / Diana Dalie. [Student Project] (Unpublished)


This study examines the residents' perceptions of ecotourism in Kinabalu Park in terms of the residents' awareness and understanding of ecotourism, its importance and benefits, as well as identifying the negative impacts of ecotourism to the surrounding area. Ecotourism provides one way to help educate the community to protect and conserve the environment through travel, and to also create and maintain a sustainable environment for both residents and tourists (Honey, 1999). Based on this perspective, the study outcome will provide the researcher whether ecotourism in Kinabalu Park has been well perceived by the locals and holds a harmonious relationship in order to enjoy the benefits of ecotourism. This integrity will be asses through their awareness and understanding. The procedures to obtain the information pertaining to the study will include a review of related literature on findings of similar research use to sample the residents' perception of ecotourism. An observation method is use in this research and a survey instrument which consists of self-administer questionnaire as well as in-person interview through questionnaire is design to collect data from a selected community constituency. Observation as well as the survey administer to a sample of each community constituency. The survey area identify in this study is Kampung Bundu Tuhan and Kampung Kinasaraban that represent the residents of the overall study. Both villages are within the vicinity of Kinabalu Park. Hence, it provides the study a clear result as the local residents of both villages assume having the effect of ecotourism. There is high level of awareness and understanding towards ecotourism which leads the local people to aware of its importance and at the same time gain various benefits from it. Nevertheless, ecotourism also brings several negative impacts on the surrounding area which effect the environment, social and cultures of the local people. The establishment of ecotourism in Kinabalu Park however still in its early stage and the residents has not grasp the full potential of ecotourism. It is recommended that the relevant authority such as government, park management, and the local organization should aggressively conduct various activities that will create awareness and understanding of ecotourism. This can be done through conducting seminar, campaign, road shows and so forth. A better perception towards ecotourism can be achieved through conducting more survey in order to analyze the communities understanding of ecotourism importance and benefits. In other words, this will lead to identifying the area of low understanding and solutions can be done in that particular weakness area. The negative impact should be deal by relevant party such as government, and a constant inspection should be done to prevent more damage cause by ecotourism.


Item Type: Student Project
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Dalie, Diana
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Gunggut, Haijon
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > Perception
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > Consciousness. Cognition > Awareness
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > World Heritage areas
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > Ecotourism
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Sabah > Kota Kinabalu Campus > Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies
Programme: Bachelor of Administrative Science (Hons)
Keywords: Perceptions; Ecotourism; Kinabalu Park; Awareness
Date: 2009
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/71515
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