Socio-economic determinants of on-day site demand for recreation in Agodi park and gardens, Ibadan, Nigeria
Tourism is a major driver of economic growth and development in any society. This study examines the socio-economic determinants of on-day site demand for recreation in Agodi Park and Gardens in Ibadan, Nigeria. Primary data were collected from 114 tourists, randomly selected from the site using semi-structured questionnaires. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics, single-site travel cost approach and Poisson regression. Majority of tourists were male and in their active working years with an average household size of six. The qualities identified by tourists as affecting their decision to spend more time in the park include view, historical significance, facilities, cleanliness and maintenance, reasonable entrance fee and accessibility of the park. The result of the Poisson Regression revealed that sex, age, adult education, monthly income, cleanliness and maintenance of the park had positive significant effect on the number of trips taken to the park by tourists. However, trip cost had a negative significant effect. The park has great economic benefits in providing tour and recreational functions as a public resource with an access value of ₦895,684.80.The study recommends that government should provide suitable working environment for increased incomes and the education of tourists should be encouraged. In addition, policies and efforts on park cleanliness and maintenance is required.