Author(s): W. Nzeda Tagowa
Tourism as one of the world’s fastest growing industries has the potential to
enhance sustainable development by its propensity to promote accelerated
growth, income increase, improved transportation and conservation of
ecosystems, among other variables.
Tourism attractions abound in Africa and
Nigeria has more than fair share of tourism potentials.
Most tourism attractions
in Nigeria are located in the rural areas.
Rural tourism can therefore be utilized
as a tool for sustainable development.
This paper reviews the development of
tourism in Nigeria in general and specifically undertakes a case study of Sukur
World Heritage Site in Adamawa State, Northeastern Nigeria, as an example of
rural tourism for sustainable development.
The paper highlights Sukur
development plan and advances strategies for utilization of the site for
Such strategies surround the central objective of
community participation and environmental protection and preservation, while
taking cognizance of the risks involved in the development of a tourism site of
the like of Sukur Cultural Landscape.
rural tourism, landscape, sustainable development, cultural tourism,
community participation, pro-poor management.
The universally accepted meaning of tourism is that it involves a “network of
activities of persons who travel and stay in destinations outside their homes and
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/SW100611
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