Tourists’ perception on local economy of Terengganu state in Malaysia

Md Anowar Hossain Bhuiyan, Chamhuri Siwar, Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail, Aini Aman

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Tourists give support to the tourism places, local economy and conservation programs by their spending, entrance fees and voluntary donations. These initiatives can affect local economic structures as well as tourist perception towards local economy. Terengganu state is well endowed with natural and mineral resources, unspools beauties, islands, beaches, Islamic heritages and cultural attractions. Lake Kenyir and Sekayu Recreational Forest have seen identified as prospective ecotourism sites in Terengganu for their natural beauties, recreational facilities and tourism activities. The present study examined the tourists’ intention for enhancing local economy in Lake Kenyir and Sekayu Recreational Forest from their perception. The study follows non-probability convenience sampling design and purposive sampling technique to collect the primary data from the respondents. A structured questionnaire has been used to collect the data. This study uses descriptive analysis to measure the domestic and foreign tourists’ intention towards local economy according to their opinions. Most of respondents from domestic tourists (>87%) agreed to help the local economy by accommodations, shopping, buying food and spending more income. Moreover, highest number of respondents from foreign tourists (>81%) agreed to help the local economy by accommodations, shopping, buying food, boat service and spending more income. The study shows that foreign tourists have less positive intention towards local economy compared to domestic tourists. The destination authorities can motivate the tourists to buy local food and products, shopping from local stores, stay in local accommodation and enjoy local tourism products. Moreover, local products and service qualities also improved according to the demand of tourists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-348
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Volume12
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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economic structure
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Keywords

  • Intention
  • Kenyir
  • Local economy
  • Sekayu
  • Terengganu
  • Tourist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Tourists’ perception on local economy of Terengganu state in Malaysia. / Bhuiyan, Md Anowar Hossain; Siwar, Chamhuri; Mohamad Ismail, Shaharuddin; Aman, Aini.

In: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, Vol. 12, No. 3-4, 2014, p. 345-348.

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Bhuiyan, MAH, Siwar, C, Mohamad Ismail, S & Aman, A 2014, 'Tourists’ perception on local economy of Terengganu state in Malaysia', Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, vol. 12, no. 3-4, pp. 345-348.
Bhuiyan, Md Anowar Hossain ; Siwar, Chamhuri ; Mohamad Ismail, Shaharuddin ; Aman, Aini. / Tourists’ perception on local economy of Terengganu state in Malaysia. In: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment. 2014 ; Vol. 12, No. 3-4. pp. 345-348.
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