Residents’ Perception in the Impact of Tourism Support Services on Poverty Alleviation in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
- Country : Nigeria
- Subject : Environmental Science
This paper is anchored on residents’ perception in the impact of tourism support services on poverty alleviation in Calabar, Cross River State. The major confectionaries in Calabar were used as the tourism support services for this work. Questionnaire and interviews were the methods used in data collection. One hypothesis was stated to examine the perception of residents in the rate of income generation before and after the establishment of the tourism support services in the area. This hypothesis was tested using the student t-test. The questionnaires were randomly distributed to owners of small scale businesses around the major confectionaries used for the research. The research findings shows that the existing tourism support services have tremendously contributed to the socio-economic development of Calabar as evidenced in the residents’ perception of the socio-economic impact of tourism support services in Calabar. The data collected also revealed that the establishment of tourism support services have resulted to the emerging businesses in the area. Furthermore, it was discovered based on the opinion of the sampled population, that more income were generated in the area as a result of the presence of tourism support services in the area as evidenced in the result obtained from the tested hypothesis which shows that more income were generated in the area due to the presence of tourism support services. Therefore, an effective mechanism must be put in place to ensure effective operation of tourism support services in the area.