COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM IN THE RUPAT ISLAND OF BENGKALIS DISTRICT
Meyzi Heriyanto, Adianto dan Hasim As-ari
The homeland of Malay with the charm of tourism has become a movement of Riau Provinces efforts to develop and innovate tourism in Riau. Tourism potential in the coastal region of Riau Province is located on Rupat Island, Bengkalis Regency. Rupat Island has a lot of natural charm that is still beautiful and still natural, the beach scenery with a panoramic view of white sand beaches that can captivate the visitors. Rupat Island still has many beaches that have not yet been explored, so cooperation from all parties is needed to develop including the community. The ability of the community to participate in exploring the tourism potential in their region will have a socio-economic impact on the community in the surrounding area. The purpose of this study was to find out and analyze community participation in tourism development in the coastal area of Rupat Island, Bengkalis Regency. This study uses qualitative research with a case study approach. The informants in this study were the Village Head at the location of the tourist attraction and the community. Data collection is done by interviews and field observations. After data and information are collected through data source triangulation techniques, it will be processed, analyzed, interpreted and drawn conclusions. The results of the study found that community participation in tourism development in the Rupat Coastal Area of Bengkalis Regency was still not optimal. This means that community participation will grow if the tourist sites owned are supported by good road infrastructure. Whereas community participation will be low if the tourist location owned is not supported by good road infrastructure. The limited media and forms of promotion so far contribute to the impact of tourism that runs only seasonally, so that ongoing participation is also seasonal.
Keywords: Community Participation, Tourism Development and Tourism Policy
Topic: Social Science