Contributions of Tourism Micro and Small Entrepreneurs to Local Community Livelihood

International Journal of Economics and Management Studies
© 2019 by SSRG - IJEMS Journal
Volume 6 Issue 8
Year of Publication : 2019
Authors : Mohamad Safee Sapari, Ahmad Shuib , Sridar Ramachandran , Puvaneswaran Kunasekaran
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Mohamad Safee Sapari, Ahmad Shuib , Sridar Ramachandran , Puvaneswaran Kunasekaran, "Contributions of Tourism Micro and Small Entrepreneurs to Local Community Livelihood," SSRG International Journal of Economics and Management Studies, vol. 6,  no. 8, pp. 182-189, 2019. Crossref,


This article deliberates on the impacts of the activities of tourism micro and small enterprises (TMSE) in the coastal villages in Mersing on economic components of the communities. The perception study was based on data gathered from 200 entrepreneurs in Mersing who believed that the activities of TMSE contributed more positive impacts for the communities. Interestingly, tourism in Mersing had created opportunities for more women and single mothers to be involved in TMSE activities. Besides, most of entrepreneurs agreed that the tourism activities were able to reduce the out-migration of youth to urban areas. However, the surveyed entrepreneurs also revealed that tourism had created several negative economic impacts; for instance, tourism had resulted in seasonal traffic congestion and caused permanent increases of prices of goods and services. The entrepreneurs suggested that to balance the economics impacts, it was crucial that the local authorities undertake several plans of action to resolve the adverse impacts of the tourism development.


Tourism, entrepreneurship, micro and small enterprises, socio-economic impact


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