Recreational Behavior, Carrying Capacity and Hazard Susceptibility of Selected Tourism Sites in Goa, Camarines Sur

Maria Wendy Mendoza Solomo

Abstract


Determining the carrying capacity of tourist attractions will ensure the protection and conservation of natural resources for sustainable ecotourism development. The study employed the quantitative and qualitative approaches and descriptive research design in assessing the carrying capacity of selected tourism sites in Goa, Camarines Sur. The Boullon's Carrying Capacity Mathematical Model is used to calculate the carrying capacity. Data revealed that among the six (6) areas, Mt. Isarog Natural Park has the largest potential carrying capacity (15 000 tourists per day) and real carrying capacity (10 634 visitors per day) since it has the biggest area. All tourist destinations are not yet popular or well-known hence, these sites are far beyond reaching its carrying capacity. A comprehensive ecotourism development plan, designed by the Local Government Unit of Goa through its Municipal Planning Office, is necessary to promote the potential tourist attractions.


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Carrying Capacity; Recreational Behaviour; Preferences; Hazard Susceptibility; Tourism Sites

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