The study investigated the rural tourism in Aceh after a decade of the tsunami. Reports revealed that tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world that benefits a country's economy and local communities. Thus, the main concern should be the human capital and human resources to ensure successfulness and the sustainability of the rural tourism activities. The paper aims to highlight the human capital issues which focus on the human talent while the human resources components are skills, knowledge and attitudes which are considered crucial for sustainable tourism in Aceh. Seven key informants were identified for the study. Additionally, a total of 103 respondents took part in the interviews and 450 participated in the survey. However, this paper focuses on the results from the interviews amongst the seven key informants and the participants during the interviews of the phenomenon. The results showed that there was lack of understanding of its concept and meaning towards rural tourism and low level of knowledge and skills in managing rural tourism and also lack of local leaders and social support for rural tourism. The study also revealed that current knowledge and skills are essential components of human capital for sustainable rural tourism after the disaster. The study implies that Aceh requires the broadening the context of rural tourism from the concept and to its sustainable management in rural tourism ends and means to secure a greater measure of sustainable development for its community and its country.
Jane Teng, University Pendidikan Sultan idris Malaysia, Malaysia
Afrida Yahya, Universitas Syiah Kuala Aceh Indonesia, Indonesia
Stream: Education, Sustainability & Society: Social Justice, Development & Political Movements
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