Journal of Tourism and Recreation

Journal of Tourism and Recreation

ISSN: 2368-2655 (Print)    ISSN: 2368-2663 (Online)

Volume 1 (2014), No. 1, Pages 51-58

DOI: 10.12735/jotr.v1i1p51

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Using Cultural Resources in Host Communities and the Environs to Enhance the Natural Resources Attractiveness of Ecotourism Development in Omo Biosphere Reserve (OBR), Nigeria

Sonubi O. K.1  Adeyemo A. I.2  Agbelusi E. A.2 

1Department of Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism Management, Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Nigeria
2Department of Ecotourism and Wildlife Management, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.12735/jotr.v1i1p51

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Abstract

The study was undertaken to evaluate the cultural resources in Omo Biosphere Reserve (OBR) host communities and its environs that can enhance the attractiveness of ecotourism development which can ultimately lead to the sustainable development of the area. OBR is in waterside area of Ogun State, Nigeria. It is a UNESCO designated Man and Biosphere (MAB) site. OBR natural resources has been under threat of overexploitation in the last few decades and hence the need to sustainably conserve and protect these resources using ecotourism. Fauna direct sighting particularly the large mammals like the forest elephants (Loxodonta africana cyclotis), forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus) and others have been rare although their presence have been established. Interview and direct observation methods were used to collect primary data. Data collected were analysed and presented in tables. The result showed that there were significant festivals in OBR environs that can attract visitors to OBR. The study identified the incorporation of festivals in the OBR as added attractiveness for the natural resources in OBR in its ecotourism development. Development of ecotourism will not only conserve the endangered fauna and flora species of Omo Biosphere Reserve but will also provide additional income and job opportunities for the communities and will equally ensure peaceful co-existence of the people.

Keywords: cultural heritages, festivals, ecotourism, Omo biosphere reserve, communities

To Cite this Article: Sonubi, O. K., Adeyemo, A. I., & Agbelusi, E. A. (2014). Using cultural resources in host communities and the environs to enhance the natural resources attractiveness of ecotourism development in Omo Journal of Tourism and Recreation, 1(1), 51-58. http://dx.doi.org/10.12735/jotr.v1i1p51

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Using Cultural Resources in Host Communities and the Environs to Enhance the Natural Resources Attractiveness of Ecotourism Development in Omo Biosphere Reserve (OBR), Nigeria
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