Studying the Effects of Ilam Province’s Tourist Attractions on Employment Dynamism

Kolsom Khalilvand, Monavar Argha, Nahid Ramezanyai, Hanieh Khaljian

Abstract


In recent years tourism has been among the top sources of income in the world. Since the long time ago our country has also had good potential for tourism, but due to some conditions and considerations this economic potential has not been fulfilled. Thus, while Iran has the eleventh place in tourist attractions worldwide, economically it does not benefit from tourism considerably. Ilam Province can have a significant impact on attracting tourists because of its geographical and social-cultural conditions as well as being on the way to Karbala, a holy city in Iraq. This study, therefore, aims to investigate effects of the province’s tourist attractions on the employment dynamism. This descriptive-analytic study has been conducted through a questionnaire and field research. The statistical population of the research is the population of Ilam; 384 people were selected from them using the Cochran’s Formula and the questionnaire was distributed among them based on clustered sampling. The content validity of the questionnaire was insured by the experts and Cronbach’s Alpha Coefficient was used to investigate its reliability. The data were then analyzed though the Pearson Correlation test in SPSS. The results show that Ilam Province’s tourist attractions (historical, natural, and cultural) influence its employment dynamism


Keywords


Tourist attractions, income, direct employment, indirect employment.

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