Developing Inclusive Tourism in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT): A Case Study on Sajek Valley, Bangladesh
Keywords:Sajek, Inclusivity, Tourism, Sustainable Development
The study focuses on the inclusivity of tourism development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, specifically in the Sajek Valley, and examines whether it has improved the socio-economic status of local ethnic minority groups. The research found that the development of tourism in Sajek Valley has brought numerous benefits to the local community, including modernization, improved access to education and electricity, and alternative livelihood options. Inclusive tourism has also helped to develop a sustainable tourism industry that values the preservation of cultural values and involves local leaders in decision-making. The development of tourism has also fostered a cordial relationship between Bengali businessmen, tourists, and local ethnic minority groups. However, challenges to inclusive tourism remain, including the relocation of local ethnic families, environmental concerns, a sense of relative deprivation among local ethnic minorities, and a lack of mutual trust between different ethnic groups. To ensure the sustainability of Sajek as a tourist destination, further research is necessary to understand and overcome these exclusionary factors. Overall, inclusive tourism has been a positive force in Sajek Valley, benefiting the local society and promoting sustainable development, but there are still areas to improve.
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