Business Administration, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Santosh, Tangail, Bangladesh
The aim of this study is to explore the attitude of local residents towards the socio, economic and environmental impact of tourism development in Madhupur and Sirajgonj upozilla of Bangladesh. The number of respondents was 384 and data were collected through a self-centered survey method. A convenience sampling technique was taken to select the sample. Data were collected using both primary and secondary sources. Primary data were collected through questionnaires. The data was analyzed using SPSS version 20. Descriptive statistics, Chi-square test, Co-relation, Multiple regression, Factor analysis have been conducted to identify the results of the study.
Findings-The The findings of the study suggest that residents of Modhupur National Park and Bangabandhu Jamuna Eco-Park have a positive attitude toward the social and environmental impacts of tourism, but they have a negative attitude towards the economic impacts of tourism. The reason for such results may be due to a smaller number of visitors in those places.
Practical Implication- This research can be useful for the local authority to improve and extend their policies for attracting tourists and improving the relationship between residents and local authorities. The results of this study show that the attitude of the people will be more positive toward tourism development if they are economically benefited. This study can be applied as a supportive tool for local authority to pay attention to such factors which hinders to provide economic benefit to the residents.