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2018 SQCC Research Fellowship Awarded

Friday, 26 January, 2018
Ms. Elizabeth Perry, a doctoral candidate at the University of Vermont, and her co-investigator Dr. Nathan Reigner of Recreation and Tourism Science, LLC.,  will conduct a research project on encouraging ecotourism development at Al Saleel National Park (ASNP). ASNP, established in 1997, to conserve flora, fauna, and geographic formations is well situated to be relevant to tourists, locals, and public-private partnerships. Encouraging tourism, and specifically ecotourism, growth in Oman is a national priority. Tourism is among the economic sectors designated for development in Oman’s National Program for Enhancing Economic Diversification (Tanfeedh). 

This case study will employ a mixed-methods approach that combines structured interviews (qualitative), socio-centric network analysis (quantitative), and participatory GIS (spatial). These methods provide avenues for understanding relevance, meanings placed on features, meaningful collaborations, and how these attributes can be incorporated into sustainable ecotourism development. The project will engage with local communities, business interests, and government agencies as relevant stakeholders in  ASNP's development as a sustainable ecotourism destination. 

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