Community Participation in Tourism: Examining the Nexus of Collaboration between the Community of Mesomagor and the Management of the Kakum National Park in Ghana

Franklin D. DaCosta, Ato Anaman

Abstract


This study aims at examining community participation in the maintenance and management of tourist sites with particular reference to the Kakum National Park in Ghana. The research, therefore, selected the Mesomagor Township and its surrounding communities like Kruwa and Mfoum as the focus of its analysis. The accidental sampling technique was used in selecting 60 people including the Chief and other opinion leaders out of a total population of 188 to gather data for the study. The data collected was analysed using version 21 of the SPSS software. The data revealed among others that the local forest users have a great deal to contribute to our understanding of local resources and resource problem. Due to this, the study recommends that a consensus model of planning and consultation with the local people be done at every level in the planning and development of tourism facilities in Ghana and also the management of Kakum National Park should involve the members of the communities close to the park in the decision making process as this will go a long way to affect the park and the people positively.


Keywords


tourism, community, Mesomagor Township, national park

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