Performance Assessment of Lokoja Confluence Beach as a Tourist Site in Kogi State, Nigeria  

Samuel Oluwaseyi Olorunfemi1 , Emmanuel Adebayo Adewunmi2
1. Department of Transport Management, School of Management Technology, Federal University of Technology, P.M.B. 704, Akure, Nigeria
2. Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, P.M.B. 704, Akure, Nigeria
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2013, Vol. 3, No. 33   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2013.03.0033
Received: 05 May, 2013    Accepted: 03 Jun., 2013    Published: 02 Jul., 2013
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Olorunfemi and Emmanuel, 2013, Performance Assessment of Lokoja Confluence Beach as a Tourist Site in Kogi State, Nigeria, International Journal of Marine Science, Vol.3, No.33 258-266 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2013.03.0033)

Abstract

Beach tourism is a global phenomenon mainly in coastal areas of countries with unique and favorable shorelines. However, certain inland waterways serve same purpose of beach tourism. This research (as its objectives) exposes the condition of amenities, identifies associated socio-economic benefits and reveals problems confronting the Lokoja Confluence Beach in Kogi State, Nigeria. A survey design (with the aid of questionnaires and interview guide) was employed to obtain data from tourists, managers of the Confluence Beach and government officials at the State Tourism Board. Purposive sampling technique was adopted to select respondent tourists. Univariate analysis was employed to obtain relevant information from collated data. The research findings revealed the existence of a few functional amenities and some uncompleted facility projects; diverse economic benefits to residents; problems of petty crime, diversion of funds and poor sensitization. Recommendations include provision of supplementary funds by the three tiers of government, development of strategic policy on marketing/sensitization and provision of amenities for indoor games close to the beach front.

Keywords
Beach tourism; Confluence beach; Tourism potential; Lokoja; Nigeria
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