However, little is done on the exploring on challenges of tourism development. This article was envisaged with the objective of critically reviewing the key challenges eco tourism development in the selected eco tourism sites Semin Mountain National Park, Mekit Eco Tourism Site and Guna Mountain Community based Eco tourism site of Ethiopia. In order, to meet the objective, interviewee and extensive document analysis of relevant literature on ecotourism development challenges was reviewed to give insight on the cutting edge issues on eco tourism development. The secondary and primary data sources portrayed that, the question of grazing land, Human population Pressure, livestock pressure, Agricultural land expansion, absence of tourist facility and infrastructure, host community conflict of interest, human wild life conflict, deforestation, low level of host community awareness, fire destruction, poverty, livelihood issues are the main challenging factors for the selected eco tourism sites of Ethiopia. The role of eco tourism is undeniable for the socio economic development of the local communities, for rapid socio economic development, capable of generating foreign exchange reduces unemployment and improving the standard of the people Ajala, Increasingly viewed by local and indigenous communities as an important tool for promoting sustainable livelihoods, cultural preservation, and biodiversity conservation Blangy and Meht, The empirical evidence urges that eco tourism contributes to economic development and management of resources are undeniable via generating revenues, provides local employment opportunities and develops a sense of ownership of resources.
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December , Cite as. Linkage of tourism with agriculture is critical for maximizing the contribution of local economic and tourism development. However, these two sectors are not well linked for sustainable local development in many destinations of developing countries. The objective of the study was assessing the practice, challenges and opportunities of tourism—agriculture nexuses in Bale Mountains National Park, Southeastern Ethiopia. Community-based cross-sectional study design was employed, and households were selected using multistage stratified random sampling technique for quantitative data and qualitative data were collected using FGD and key informant interview. The findings of this study revealed that there is no economically profitable coexistence between agriculture and tourism.