Assessing the Community Quality of Life in Context of Tourism Development: Case Study of Saidpur Village
Author: Mannan Abdul

One of the major purposes of tourism development in a destination is to improve the quality of life (QOL) of host community. The QOL research stream in tourism is an emerging field of study in social, behavioral, environmental, and policy sciences over the last few decades and this research is expected to gain attention in future. Tourism has become an important catalyst for change by creating a series of impacts on host communities and these impacts can be categorized into three domains including economic impacts, socio-cultural impacts and environmental impacts. The present study was designed to investigate the community QOL in the context of tourism development in Saidpur Village, Islamabad. Objectives comprised of determination of resident’s perceived QOL, investigation of tourism impacts and explain relationship between tourism impacts and residents perceived QOL. Qualitative research strategy and descriptive research design was used. Simple random and convenient sampling was used. Primary data was collected via structured interviews, un-structured interviews and observation. Thematic analysis was used for data analysis. The findings revealed that tourism is poorly managed despite of its splendid beauty and location. It illustrated both positive and negative aspects of QOL. It was observed and witnessed during interviews that only those local residents are satisfied and their QOL has improved from economic perspectives that are directly or indirectly involved in tourism-related activities. The rest of the residents perceived their QOL poorly/badly in terms of economic aspects. There are only few local residents employed in the restaurants and majority employers are outsiders. The study area is recognized with negligible facilities of health, education, gas, poor solid waste management and poor sewerage system. The local residents are annoyed and disturbed due to modern lifestyle of tourists, loud music of restaurants and creation of serious parking problems. However, some of the positive aspects of QOL consists of improvement in the security condition and reduction of crime rate and drugs usage to some extent due to tourism development in the region. Supervisor:- Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

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Keywords : Community Quality, QOL, Saidpur Village, tourism, Tourism development
Supervisor: Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro

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