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Coastal Tourism in Cox’s Bazar and its Socio-economic & Socio-cultural Impacts on Rakhaine Community, Bangladesh
International Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Volume 5, Issue 3, June 2017, Pages: 73-79
Received: Jun. 29, 2017; Accepted: Jul. 12, 2017; Published: Aug. 10, 2017
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AKM Shawkat Ali Khan, Department of Sociology, Govt. Edward College, Pabna, Bangladesh
Md Anwar Hussain, Department of Sociology, National University, Gazipur, Bangladesh
Khondoker Mokaddem Hossain, Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Sonia Zybsin, Department of Home Economics, National University, Gazipur, Bangladesh
Md Nezamul Haque, Nutrition International Bangladesh, Cox’ Bazar Zone, Cox’ Bazar, Bangladesh
AK Obidul Huq, Department of Food Technology and Nutritional Science, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Tangail, Bangladesh
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Tourism plays a significant role in national economy of a country. Bangladesh has abundant opportunity to coastal tourism which impacts on greater livelihood at diversified pathways. The aimed of this study was to observe the nature of coastal tourism in Cox’s Bazar Bay of Bengal and its impacts on the people of Rakhaine community who live adjacent to the offshore. Sample survey, in-depth interview and focus group discussion methods were applied to collect the quantitative and qualitative data. Due to the frequent visit by tourists, new avenues of scope and opportunities has been emerged in the Cox’s Bazar coastal area and some of the Rakhaine people were engaged themselves in new occupations leaving their traditional ones behind. A significant number of Rakhaine people were involved in tourism related hotel business, handicraft production, and small business which help them to maintain a better livelihood. However, it was also observed that the rapid growth of tourism has been created opportunities for the Rakhaine people due to their traditional dance, music and other festivals that are becoming more popular to the tourists. Besides tourism, an increase a little bit threat existence in Rakhaine’s culture. It was concluded that socio-cultural linkage created between tourist and Rakhaine culture, and due to improved communication, transportation and other means of information technology, coastal tourism connected them globally with positive socio-economic development.
Tourism, Rakhaine Community, Livelihood, Bay of Bengal, Cox’s Bazar
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AKM Shawkat Ali Khan, Md Anwar Hussain, Khondoker Mokaddem Hossain, Sonia Zybsin, Md Nezamul Haque, AK Obidul Huq, Coastal Tourism in Cox’s Bazar and its Socio-economic & Socio-cultural Impacts on Rakhaine Community, Bangladesh, International Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2017, pp. 73-79. doi: 10.11648/j.ijebo.20170503.11
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