Austine O. Nnaji – Federal University of Technology Owerri
P. A. Igbojiekwe and C. C. Nnaji – Imo State University
AN ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL POTENTIAL OF OGUTA LAKE AS A TOURIST DESTINATION
Recent efforts by the Imo State government of Nigeria to generate income through tourism identified Oguta Blue Lake as a potentially homogeneous region for tourism development. This understanding is expanded through a study of the bio-physical nature of the lake to ascertain its socio-economic viability for tourism development. Sustainability and diversity attributes of the lake were a major focus. Utilizing empirical data generated from structured questionnaires and field surveys, analysis was performed employing ANOVA statistic and simple percentages to reveal the lake’s potential as a tourist destination. The paper also projects rapid urbanization of the region powered by tourism while recommending massive infrastructural development of the lake to accommodate the anticipated population surge.
Key words: Tourism Development, Outdoor Recreation, Oguta Lake, watershed management, Recreation, Hospitality industry
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