Willingness to Pay for Ecotourism Management with Community Participation in Lipe Island, Satun Province

Abstract

Lipe island, specially the most popular tourist destinations in the southern island, Satun province Thailand. A part of beautiful beaches, crystal clear sea water, deep blue sky various kinds of corals and aquatics animals, there is a group of fishermen who have their own culture local language and identity which are the settle point and attract the tourist to learn their culture and way of living in Lipe island. This paper aims to examine factor which affected to the willingness pay for ecotourism management using a contingent valuation method (CVM) to maintain and conserved to the environment in their culture and communities whereas having to the increasing number of tourist and social development in Lipe island. The research instrument used a typical contingent valuation method by using a dichotomous choice CVM was applied with objectives and conceptual framework a questionnaires. The choice of sample size in a CVM study determines the precision of the sample statistics used as estimates of population parameters, also deployed to the samples were 560 tourists who arrival as tourist attraction during high season (November – March). The statistics used in data analysis were percentage, mean, standard deviation and logistic regression analysis. The results are that the average of the values of the willingness to pay for ecotourism was $5.28 per tourist-trip. Various factors such as tourist attraction, nationality, age and education background were found to have significant impacts on individuals’ willingness to pay.



Author Information
Witchakorn Charusiri, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Unchun Tuntates, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Ratchapan Choiejit, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

Paper Information
Conference: ACBPP2015
Stream: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics

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