LAND USE POLICY AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA …A CASE STUDY OF OLUMO ROCK IN OGUN STATE
Tourism in Nigeria is still down the ladder in policy formulation for economic growth and development. Tourism sector needs advocates and researchers that would work towards repositioning tourism on the Zenith level of budgetary allocation to enable the sector contribute maximally to the economic development of Nigeria. Based on this, this research examined land use policy and tourism development in Nigeria. Therefore, the objectives considered are: Some specific landscape features for tourism development across Nigeria, development strategies and relevance for promoting tourism and the sustainability of landscape features that are tourism based.
- Background of the study
Landscapes are sceneries of nature. Landscapes are the configuration of the earth surface especially the classification, description, nature and the development of the different surface features. These surface features like hills, valleys, lakes, springs high and low lands, rivers, sand bars and sand dunes are wide spread throughout Nigeria. Today, traveling, boundary delineation, human activities such as agriculture, trade military adventure, tourism and even resources of a country are based on these features. However, four group classification of these features stand out. These are plains, plateau, hills and mountains. The shape, size, location and the absolute elevation of these features help in the development of tourism. These land form features have potential attractions for tourism. The perspective of interpretation is to provide such landscapes with images and symbolic meanings to make them more visible and attractive to tourists while constituting a framework for preservation. A more holistic rather than reductionist view of tourism is also desirable both in context of developing the full potential of the industry and in meeting the diverse needs and ideas of contemporary tourists (Chokor, 1993). Today, tourism has become one of the most viable industries all over the world. In Nigeria, the recent increase in the tourism industry is the outcome of several factors.