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In pursuit of economically competitive agro-tourism sector: the case of Terengganu homestay, Malaysia

Bachok, Syahriah and Tuan Mohd Amin, Tuan Anisdina and Ab Rahman, Syakir Amir (2018) In pursuit of economically competitive agro-tourism sector: the case of Terengganu homestay, Malaysia. Planning Malaysia, 16 (2). pp. 164-174. ISSN 1675-6215

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Agro-tourism is more than just a tourist product. It is a journey to a new sensation or positive behavior concerning the environment, the community and culture. It also one of the diversified sub-sectors that provide opportunities and choices for the rural community, commonly associated with agricultural activities to enhance and maintain their economic sustainability. This research focuses on the quantification of tourism sector income specifically related to agricultural destinations, activities, and products, evaluated in the selected communities that offer tourists visits and stays within the former’s villages or settlements. Income derived from the activities, destinations, and products are to be reported and assessed against initial investment and annual operating costs. This is an area mostly void of literature, especially those within the Malaysian contexts. The research aims at exploring the vitality and robustness of agro-tourism based homestay activities in Terengganu. Three objectives have been developed based on the gaps in existing literature. Firstly, the research is to identify offerings of homestay destinations, activities, and products relevant to agriculture sector within the rural communities of Terengganu. Secondly, the research is to assess the income received from these activities based on communal receipts as well as individually reported revenues. Finally, the research is to recommend strategic and focused areas of improvement to increase and sustain the competitiveness of agro-tourism sector delivered through homestays operation. The methods used in this paper were the semi-structured interview and focus group discussion. 76 respondents participated in the discussion.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3499/66445
Uncontrolled Keywords: Homestay; Agro-tourism; Homestay operation; Tourism; Terengganu
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT101 Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT401 Rural groups. Rural sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT51 Human settlements. Communities
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Depositing User: Dr. Syakir Amir Ab. Rahman
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2018 10:26
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2019 10:34
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/66445

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