Tinapa Business Resort: A Strategy for Sustainable Rural Livelihood in Cross River State, Nigeria



The development of Tinapa Business Resort in Cross River State has served as an anchor point to service other tourism destinations. At the same time it is transforming Calabar into a natural paradise with internal and external influences over the livelihood of most rural communities especially Adiabo community through income generation, investment opportunity, employment generation, and socio-economic upliftment. This paper critically assessed the various ways in which the development of Tinapa Business Resort has impacted on the livelihood of Adiabo (host community) as regards employment provision by the various construction companies, emerging socio-economic activities in the enclave community, present employment distribution and ecological problems in the area. Data were obtained using a combination of questionnaires, interviews direct field observation and on the spot assessment. Systematic random sampling techniques was employed to allow every member of the population have equal chances of being selected. However, Data collected reveals that Tinapa Business Resort has impacted significantly of the livelihood of the host community. Therefore the sustainability of this laudable investment (Tinapa Business Resort) will be greatly determined by the interplay of the stakeholders, continual utilization of the resort and general tourism growth within the region.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ijbm.v4n6p121

International Journal of Business and Management   ISSN 1833-3850 (Print)   ISSN 1833-8119 (Online)

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