Community Participation in Cultural Tourism: An Empirical Perspective

Patrick Kwoba Olubulyera

Abstract


The purpose of the study was to determine the relationship between selected demographics and community participation in cultural tourism development. This study which was conducted in Kogelo area in Kenya. A study sample of 137 respondents was randomly selected from among the residents. Descriptive statistics was used to determine the link between the demographic factors and the participation of the local community in cultural tourism development, while linear regression and the F distribution test were used to test the research hypotheses.  Results revealed that 58.4% of the respondents participated in cultural tourism development while 41.6% did not. The first hypothesis that there is no significant relationship between gender and community participation in cultural tourism development at Kogelo was rejected since it had an F value of 4.773 and p value of 0.031.  The second hypothesis that there is no significant relationship between age and community participation in cultural tourism development at Kogelo was accepted since it had an F value of 0.001 and p value of 0.980.  The third hypothesis that there is no significant relationship between marital status and community participation in cultural tourism development at Kogelo was rejected since it had an F value of 4.308 and p value of 0.040. The fourth hypothesis that there is no significant relationship between level of education and community participation in cultural tourism development at Kogelo was rejected since it had an F value of 2.742 and p value of 0.100. This implied that the selected demographic factors influenced community participation in cultural tourism development at Kogelo.

Key words: Cultural tourism; Development, Community; Participation


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