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The role of transport and accommodation infrastructure in the development of eco/nature tourism in Cameroon

Kimbu, AN (2011) The role of transport and accommodation infrastructure in the development of eco/nature tourism in Cameroon Tourism Analysis, 16 (2). pp. 137-156.

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Abstract

This article investigates the significance and importance of transport and other service or non-transport (accommodation) infrastructure as important factors in the development of Cameroon as a future competitive eco/nature tourism destination. Based on the results of primary data collected in Cameroon, the article examines and sheds light on the evolution in Cameroon's service infrastructure since independence in 1960 with particular emphasis on the transport and accommodation infrastructure into and within Cameroon's natural parks, reserves, and other tourist attractions. Through an analysis of a tourist satisfaction survey, field observations, and discussions with tour operators, the article points out the sensitivity of tourists visiting the country to the service infrastructure especially with regards to the transport and accommodation infrastructure and how these services impacted on their general holiday experience and the image it portrays of Cameroon—an eco/nature tourism holiday destination. It also examines the current state of the transport system and infrastructure both into and within the country as well as its accommodation infrastructure, and in the process highlights shortcomings that are to be found in Cameroon's transport and other service infrastructure. The concluding section of the article proposes a way forward in alleviating some of the concerns raised after analyzing data from the survey, discussions, and field observation. Recommendations that should be taken into consideration by all stakeholders responsible for the conception, development, and implementation of policies dealing with transport, accommodation, and other service infrastructure to and within sites that attract tourists, nature lovers in particular, and Cameroon in general, thereby enhancing the image of the country as a favorable eco/nature tourism destination are proposed.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Kimbu, ANa.kimbu@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2011
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.3727/108354211X13014081270323
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:09
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:32
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/817586

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