Exploring the concept of Kota Kinabalu city as an urban ecotourism destination

Nattana Simon and Fiffy Hanisdah Saikim and Awangku Hassanal Bahar Pengiran Bagul (2021) Exploring the concept of Kota Kinabalu city as an urban ecotourism destination.

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The concept of ecotourism which applies to tourism activities in natural and undisturbed environments, is frequently thought to be antonymous with urban environments, however, can be proven possible. Despite Sabah being well regarded for its ecotourism sector, the concept of urban ecotourism in the city of Kota Kinabalu has yet to be explored. Existing ecotourism destinations in Sabah are facing carrying capacity problems thus there is a growing need to explore new and different destinations or attractions to meet the demand of tourists. This study examined local Kota Kinabalu residents and tourists’ perception and values pertaining to the potential of Kota Kinabalu as an urban ecotourism destination as well as how preservation of green spaces in cities encouraged sustainability using a multi-methodological approach. Based on the results of this study, both respondent groups ranked Kota Kinabalu city as having a high potential as an urban ecotourism destination. In addition, the results of this study could assist decision or policymakers in the local tourism sector with tourism development decisions.

Item Type: Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban ecotourism , Green space conservation , Sustainable tourism , Tourism development , Destination competitiveness
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General). Atlases. Maps > G1-922 Geography (General) > G149-180 Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > G154.9-155.8 Travel and state. Tourism
Divisions: INSTITUTE > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Depositing User: DG MASNIAH AHMAD -
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2022 14:12
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2022 14:12
URI: https://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/32302

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