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John Ewald

 
 

John, Ewald (BScT 26558)

Title: Contribution of Saanane Island National Park to the growth of tourism in Mwanza City

Abstract:

This study assessed the contribution of Saanane Island National Park to the growth of tourism in Mwanza City. The objectives of the research are to determine the number of tourists visited Saanane Island National Park from year 2009 to 2013, to identify tourism activities conducted at Saanane Island National Park, and to assess the financial contribution of the park to the country. The sample size of the study is 91 respondents. The research used quantitative and qualitative methods and data were collected through questionnaires and interviews. Findings of this research describes that Saanane Island National Park has contributed to the growth of tourism in Mwanza City. As far as Saanane Island National Park is the only protected area found in the City it has a chance of doing better for the growth of tourism in Mwanza City. Also, the researcher discovers that the growth of tourism in Mwanza City in general is not satisfactory compared to cities like Arusha and Zanzibar, in which more improvement on tourism potential, tourism facilities, infrastructures and marketing are needed in order to attract more tourists and make Mwanza as emerging tourism destination. Therefore the government has the major role to bring together private sector, the community and other tourism stakeholders so that they can cooperate to develop tourism industry in Mwanza City. Besides, private sectors have to diversify their investments to other aspects of tourism more than accommodation facilities which seem to be the major interest of investment in Mwanza city.

 

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