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Abeid Rajabu


Title: An assessment of the negative impacts of the low tourism season to hotels and local community: a case study of Arusha District


This study aims at assessing negative effects of low tourism season on the hotels and local community. The purpose is to determine how hotels and local community in Arusha district are negatively affected by tourism during low season. Sample of 80 respondents were used to represent the population of Arusha district. Data was collected through the use of questionnaires and observation. Secondary data was obtained from different literature. Based on the findings of this study, it is revealed that local community and hotels are highly affected by tourism low season; the most affected is hotels. The impacts are vivid to hotels where issues like few customers and drop of sales are reported. For the local community, particularly small-businessmen, drop of sales is reported as the main negative impact in their activities. The findings brings a conclusion that the negative effects of tourism low season in Arusha district include loss of employment, decrease of people’s incomes, decrease of region’s economy, increase of crimes and also low return on investment. Therefore, recommendation to the government is to put more emphasis on domestic tourism so as to have more clients throughout the year because depending on only international tourists will create hard situation during low season.


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