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Central University of Himachal Pradesh (2016)

Impacts of rural tourism on local community development a study of Himachal Pradesh India

Katoch, Amit

Titre : Impacts of rural tourism on local community development a study of Himachal Pradesh India

Auteur : Katoch, Amit

Université de soutenance : Central University of Himachal Pradesh

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2016

Tourism is one of the leading and top growing industries in the world. It contributes US$7.2 trillion to world GDP (in 2015) i.e. 9.8% of the global GDP (WTTC, 2016). In South Asia, tourism contributes to 7.4% to the GDP, which is second highest growth in Tourism in the global sub-region context after Southeast Asia (7.9%). India too, is part of the South Asia and has a growing tourism industry. In 2015, it contributed 6.23% (8.31 lakh crore) to the national GDP and provided 8.7% (37.315 million jobs) of the total employment in India (WTTC). Tourism along with progress passes on the economic, socio-cultural and ecological benefits to the economy. And, all these benefits have forced planners, developers and economy policy makers to use it as a tool for rural development. The present study analysed the impact of rural tourism on the local community development in Himachal Pradesh. And for this, six rural tourism villages have been selected in Himachal Pradesh i.e. Naggar in Kullu, Baggi in Mandi, Pragpur in Kangra, Brua in Kinnaur, Hewan in Shimla and Udaipur in Lahaul & Spiti. The results of the study have helped to understand the concept and nature of rural tourism. The research study analyzed the economic, socio-cultural and ecological impacts caused by rural tourism. It also examined the profile of rural tourists visiting rural areas, their travel choice and underlying their satisfaction with destination attributes. Further, the study understood the challenges of rural tourism in mountain state of Himachal Pradesh and suggested suitable measures for the sustainable development of rural tourism in the study area. The research methodology adopted for the study is multifaceted and involved a number of approaches. The sampling method for the study was multi-stage sampling. The data has been collected using two schedules and analysed using suitable mathematical, statistical, diagrammatic and graphical methods. The overall thesis has been divided into eight chapters. It includes Introduction, review of literature, research design, rural tourism & its status in Himachal Pradesh, profile of the respondents, identifying impacts of rural tourism, nature of travel & satisfaction level of tourists. And discusses the relevant areas of the study. I am sure that the research study is a rich source of practical knowledge, explaining the ground realities of the rural tourism in Himachal Pradesh. And, certainly assist the various researchers, academicians, bureacrats, policy makers in the endeavours of rural community development in the state and India.

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