The Current Status of Ecotourism Potentials and Challenges in ShekoDistrict, South-Western Ethiopia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Yilma ZA
Natural Resource Management Department, Mizan ATVET College
Mizan Teferi, Ethiopia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: August 25, 2016; Accepted Date: September 15, 2016; Published Date: September 22, 2016
Citation: Yilma ZA, Reta MM, Tefera BT (2016) The Current Status of Ecotourism Potentials and Challenges in Sheko District, South-Western Ethiopia. J Hotel Bus Manage 5: 143. doi: 10.4172/2169-0286.1000143
Copyright: © 2016 Yilma ZA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Ecotourism encompasses two independent issues: the environmental input and the environmental output. The environmental input is the primary attractions which are potentials: not the level of service or facilities provided as part of a product package, but the geographical factor that leads the tourist to a particular destination. The environmental output is the overall net global cost or benefit of the tour operation to the natural environment. Sheko District harbors much ecotourism potential sites which can attract tourists, assessing the potential attractions and challenges are mandatory for future ecotourism development and supporting sustainable use of natural resource. The study aimed at identifying potentials and challenges of ecotourism development in the area. The data was collected by semi-structured interview, questionnaires and fully fledged field site observation. Some data were also accessed from written documents. The data were analyzed by SPSS. The main identified natural attractions potentials of the grassroots destinations are natural forests, caves, waterfalls, natural hot springs (spa) and natural bridges. The respondents mentioned that deforestation was recorded as one of the major challenges as a result from a rapid population growth. Natural attraction sites in the district were facing many challenges because ecotourism activities were not sustainable. The local community’s subsistent way of life, inappropriate investment activities were an increasing threat to biological diversity including ecotourism attraction sites in the area.