Patronage of Ecotourism Potentials as a Strategy for Sustainable Tourism Development in Cross River State, Nigeria

Aniah Eugene J., Eja E. I., Otu Judith E., Ushie M. A.

Abstract


Today, Obudu Ranch Resort is one of the tourism havens in the world which has attracted great number of visitors to
Nigeria and Cross River State in particular. This resort has not only aided the development of existing tourism potentials
but has equally transformed the livelihood of most communities in Cross River State through income generation,
employment and also provision of basic social amenities such as electricity, water supply, road network among others in
the area. This paper critically examine the level of domestic and international patronage of Obudu Ranch Resort
between 2001-2008, tourist preference of the resort, major attraction and facilities in the resort, population threshold of
the enclave communities within the study area and the purpose of tourists visit to the Ranch Resort. Chi-square was
used in testing the stated hypothesis as regards to the amount expended by the tourist as fare to the ranch. Inspite of the
tremendous facilities available in the Ranch Resort much is still needed to be done in other to boast the image of the
Resort and also to attract high patronage of domestic and international tourists. Therefore, the hope of the masses and
development of the Ranch Resort is rested on the government and the private sector.

Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/jgg.v1n2p20

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