Enhancing Community Involvement in Developing Tourism Industry of Bangladesh: A Conceptual Framework
Posted: 18 Apr 2018
Date Written: January 2010
Sustainable development of tourism industry has been a widely discussed issue among the concerned ones in Bangladesh. In recent years, Bangladesh is trying to capture a chunk of this billion dollar industry booming around the region. Being promisingly rich in natural landscape and indigenous population, eco-tourism and tribal/rural-tourism are the two wings of this versatile industry where Bangladesh has exploitable opportunities to set a strong foot-print. But the country has been falling short in becoming a preferred tourist destination. Among the vital reasons, lack of community involvement in the tourism industry has been blamed significantly but has drawn least attention of the researchers and policy makers. The study aims at exploring the anatomies of the problem and proposing a conceptual framework for a sustainable development of the tourism industry of Bangladesh through enhanced participation of the community. The study encompasses the different aspects and opportunities of local community involvement in tourism industry of Bangladesh and proposes some strategies that would result in its sustainable and competitive growth. Mostly qualitative and secondary data based in nature, the study encompasses discussions on the contemporary issues and literature on community involvement in tourism industry as the background. The outcome of this study is a conceptual framework which can be implemented for ensuring a mutually profiting involvement of the local community in the tourism industry of Bangladesh. The study chalked out some strategies for effectively engaging the community for a sustainable development of the industry.
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