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Public transport accessibility and information to nature tourism destinations in Lagos, Nigeria

Bola Olusola Adeleke, Kayode Ogunsusi

Abstract


Visits to nature-based tourism destination can be measured using attributes of transportation system and information accessibility. Structured questionnaire was used to gather data from tourists to Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) and Lufasi Nature Park (LNP), both in Lagos, Nigeria. Qualitative descriptive analysis was used to verbally summarize information on demographic profile. Several inferential statistics were used for comparison of mean differences of telecommunication system use for tourists and accessibility to LCC and LNP; and assessment of use of telecommunication system and transport accessibility using educational status of tourists. Results of the study revealed that in LCC, most respondents (55.7%) had secondary education, while in LNP most of them (68.1%) had tertiary education. Roads to the two destinations were in good conditions, and there were signages in strategic locations to direct tourists, but tourist’s movement to the destinations has always resulted into traffic congestions. None of the variables on use of telecommunication system for tourists was significant in influencing visitation of tourists to the destinations. Transportation accessibility between the tourism destinations were statistically significant in influencing tourists’ visitation.  It was concluded that transport accessibility and its information management to nature tourism destinations in Lagos, Nigeria should be seriously overhauled so as to maximize tourist visit.

Keywords: Accessibility, Information, Nature Tourism, Public, Transport




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