Valuing visitor services and access to protected areas

The case of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda

Pankaj Lal, Bernabas Wolde, Michel Masozera, Pralhad Burli, Janaki Alavalapati, Aditi Ranjan, Jensen Montambault, Onil Banerjee, Thomas Ochuodho, Rodrigue Mugabo

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Abstract

Policymakers and recreation site managers use changes in fee structure, either introducing park entrance fees or increasing existing ones, to generate revenues, improve services, and reduce damages associated with over-use. Increase in park usage fee, however, can make the park inaccessible to certain segments of tourists. Understanding park users' response to changes in fees and its implication on park use equity is, thus, important to achieving a park's full potential in a socially and environmentally responsible way. This information is crucial especially for developing countries, where the issue has received relatively less attention and national park systems are chronically underfunded. This paper contributes to the literature on park access fees by: empirically assessing park use equity between and among international and national tourists visiting Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda, and; developing an approach for determining predictors and mean willingness to pay values for park entrance. Results of our survey-based approach show a positive willingness to pay values for park entrance and fee increases. Our results also show that it is possible to raise revenue without exacerbating existing park use differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-151
Number of pages11
JournalTourism Management
Volume61
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2017

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Keywords

  • Nyungwe National Park
  • Park entrance fees
  • Park use equity
  • Rwanda
  • Willingness to pay

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Lal, Pankaj ; Wolde, Bernabas ; Masozera, Michel ; Burli, Pralhad ; Alavalapati, Janaki ; Ranjan, Aditi ; Montambault, Jensen ; Banerjee, Onil ; Ochuodho, Thomas ; Mugabo, Rodrigue. / Valuing visitor services and access to protected areas : The case of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda. In: Tourism Management. 2017 ; Vol. 61. pp. 141-151.
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Valuing visitor services and access to protected areas : The case of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda. / Lal, Pankaj; Wolde, Bernabas; Masozera, Michel; Burli, Pralhad; Alavalapati, Janaki; Ranjan, Aditi; Montambault, Jensen; Banerjee, Onil; Ochuodho, Thomas; Mugabo, Rodrigue.

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