Volume No. 3 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 1024-1030 April-June 2009

 

ECOTOURISM AS A FLUCTUATING SOURCE OF INCOME FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY

 

Zohreh Zarezadeh1 and Hamidreza Rastegar*

1. Department of Marketing Strategy, University of Pune (INDIA)
2. Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Pune (INDIA)

 

Received on : February 06, 2009

 

ABSTRACT

 

Implementation of ecotourism programs causes creating of very attractive business in the area due to its revenues and ease of doing in comparison to traditional jobs in the local community such as agriculture. Ecotourism introduces many changes to communities, positive and negative and one of its disadvantages appeared in the community when the fact of seasonal business appeared in the area. After implementation of ecotourism it will become the main source of income for the community and other older jobs will be left. Fluctuation in number of tourist causes high and low season and sudden drop in cash flow after high season is like a shock to the community which is followed by the problems like less income for the families, unemployment and some costs like cost of maintenance of tourist facilities. This paper studies the problem of seasonal jobs in ecotourism and the ways which the local community should face the problems with keeping balance between their traditional jobs and ecotourism and how to convert ecotourism to other kinds of tourism in low season.

 

Keywords : Ecotourism, Seasonal job, Local community, Temporary jobs, Permanent jobs.

 

 

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