The Role of Local Government Authorities in Facilitating Land Access for Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises Growth in Tanzania

Sanga D A, Tonya E M, Chachage B L C


The sustainable development of tourism destinations relies much on Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises found within Local Government Authorities (LGAs). However, tourism destinations have recently being experiencing an increase of population and social economic activities. This situation creates more demand of the land among stakeholders in particular tourism business. Contrary to lager tourism companies Small and Medium Enterprises(SMTEs) has found to be in a less advantageous position in acquiring land from destination which impairing their growth. Thus, land at the destinations is often regarded as one of the constraints for tourism development. The purpose of this study therefore was to examine the role of Local Government authorities in facilitating land management in tourism destinations particularly considering the effects upon the SMTEs growth.  The study was guided by stakeholders’ theory. Using census survey design 232 questionnaires were collected from SMTEs owners/managers at Mto wa Mbu ward in Monduli District. Multiple linear regression was used to determine the relationship between the dependent variable, SMTEs growth and five independent variables. The results strongly confirm the put forward hypothesis “Local government Authorities role in facilitating management of land interests has statistically positive influence on SMTEs growth”, Moreover, five independent variables: land committee, by- law, land allocation, land law and Land policy have statistically significant impact on the growth of small business. Therefore, the theoretical and practical implications of this study refer to stressing the need and important role of LGA’s in managing stakeholders land interests for local tourism that can stimulate the growth of small business within the destination. The study recommends empowerment of Local government Authorities in terms of legal framework to be part in the management regime of local tourism for sustainable development.

Keywords: Tourism, SMTEs growth, land policy, Land allocation

DOI: 10.7176/JAAS/67-04

Publication date:August 31st 2020

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