The purpose of this study was to assess the challenges and opportunities for community based tourism development in Alemsaga Priority State Forest South Gondar zone. The study was descriptive design and employed both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Questionnaires, key informants interviews, focus group discussion, observations and review of secondary sources were the main data gathering tools. Frequency, percentage, standard deviation and mean were used. The study also portrayed that inadequate budget, very low promotion, lack of basic infrastructure; resources destructions and lack participation were the challenges for ecotourism development. The study proved increasing demand for ecotourism sites, site locations , expansion of academic institutions, suitable environment condition of forest and its vicinity, up grading and development of new infrastructure development strategies, polices of the government and abundances of diversified cultural tourism resources around the Forest are an opportunities for community based tourism development. To assure this concerning bodies should be make every effort to development ecotourism scheme.
Published Date: 2019-12-17; Received Date: 2019-10-23