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The objectives of the study were: 1) to explore and assess the potential of the ecotourism resource sites regarding accessibility, facilities, environmental conditions, values and significance, local people’s receptivity, pertinent education, environmental conservation, and managing organizations; 2) to explore and analyze the needs of tourists for the sites; 3) to explore and analyze the needs of the communities and individuals connected with the sites; 4) to suggest avenues of development of the said sites. The instruments consisted of potential of the site assessment form, tourist questionnaire and questionnaire for the communities and individuals connected with the sites. These instruments were used with tourists at the sites that scored 50 per cent or more on potential. The findings were as follows:
- 1. The assessment of the potential of a total of 168 sites resulted in three groups by level of potential as seen below.
1.1 A high potential group, with potential percentage between 50-65, consisting of two sites
1.2 A moderate potential group, with potential percentage between 66-80, consisting of 29 sites
1.3 A low potential group, with potential percentage below 50, consisting of 137 sites
- Most of the tourists at the sites with high and moderate potential wanted the sites to be developed in every way, especially management, which tourists wanted most to developed most. Most of the tourists’ opinions were very useful for the development of the tourist sites.
- The people in the communities and individuals connected with the sites desired the same development in all areas as the tourists did.
- Regarding the prospect for development, such development should follow the potential of a site, management by community, what is wanted by tourists, communities, and individuals connected with the site. Most importantly, the developers must rigorously observe the principles and philosophy of ecotourism so as to result in sustainable tourism.
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