Impact of Tourism Sector on the Rural Development of Sri Lanka


Authors : Navirathan. V; Vijayakumar. S; Jeyarajah.S

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 1 - January

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7554375

As a result of globalization, living conditions in communities have changed. The changing economic situations, communication, and technology have made people more individualistic. Tourism is a rural development resource which has both beneficial social as well as economic consequences according to Bahrami and Noori (2013). In most countries, tourism is used as an instrument for economic and social development. According to Ross (1992), integrated tourism plays a vital role for rural development and local population development in these natural, cultural and social attractions, in particular in developing countries. A stable population and economy have been promoted by tourism, which are both important in order to achieve long-term rural development. The aim of this study is to examine the rural development impact of tourism in Sri Lanka. The research was led by four objectives of research, which included an analysis of the social, economic, cultural and environmental effects of tourism in rural areas. The study revealed that, based on data collected from 150 locals in Eastern Sri Lanka, tourism has an 87% impact on rural development. The study found that both economically and socially, tourism had significant positive impacts on rural development. The study also showed that the environmental impacts and cultural impacts showed a weak but positive association with rural development

Keywords : Tourism Sector, Economic Impacts, Rural Development

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