Potential Resources and Management Challenges for Heritage Tourism Development in Amhara Sayint Woreda, South Wollo Zone, Ethiopia
This research explores the potential and challenges of heritage tourism development in Amhara Sayint Woreda. A qualitative research approach was employed by the researchers. The study targeted various groups, including local community elders residing in the study area, Amhara Sayint Woreda culture and tourism office employees, heritage owners, Amhara Sayint Woreda church diocese, and church administrators. Non-probability sampling methods, specifically purposive and snowball sampling were used. The research involved 25 key informants and four focus group discussions. Amhara Sayint Woreda possesses significant heritage potential for the growth of the tourism industry. The region has historically served as a political center for local leaders and the country, resulting in the establishment of various historical sites such as monasteries, churches, royal camps and palaces, and settlement areas. However, despite the area's rich cultural heritage, substantial challenges are currently impeding its tourism development. The main obstacles include a lack of awareness, inadequate conservation practices, and the illicit trafficking of historical sites.