A study on the resource use by tourists in Cross River National Park was carried out to investigate tourists’ interests, visitation pattern, and satisfaction with ecotourism resources in the park. One hundred and sixteen tourists were sampled using structured questionnaires while CRNP administrative records were reviewed to elicit information on tourists level of visitation from inception (1991) to 2012. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression were used for data analysis. Results show that Cross River national Park is visited by both national (7,033) and international (694) tourists. Ecotourism attraction identified by tourists were hiking (71.6%), game viewing (12.1%), Erokut rock formation (8.6%), Kwa river (4.3%) and botanical garden (3.4%). Hiking under the rainforest vegetation is the most preferred activities which was followed by game viewing. Seventy three (73.0%) percent of the tourists were satisfied with ecotourism activities, 89.0% had interest in return visits while tourist satisfaction had 84.1% likelihood to predict their willingness to revisit the park (p<0.01). Visitation was highest in 2012 with a total of 1,073 visitors. Inadequate infrastructure and recreational facilities, funding and publicity were some of the constraints to ecotourism development in CRNP. Thus, there is need for government to improve on funding the park, intensify efforts on publicity to increase patronage in order to achieve their goal of bringing conservation education to the people.
PAPER TITLE :ASSESSMENT OF TOURISTS’ VISITATION PATTERNS, INTERESTS AND SATISFACTION IN CROSS RIVER NATIONAL PARK
APPLIED TROPICAL AGRICULTURE | VOLUME 18 NUMBER 1 2013
- Author(s) : Adetola, B.O and Ayodele I. A