An Initial Research: the Level of Environmental Awareness and Knowledge among Homestay Operators in Selangor, Malaysia
Yusnita Yusof1, Normadihah M. Aminuddin2
1Yusnita Yusof, Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Gong Badak Campus, Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia.
2Normadihah M. Aminuddin, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Gong Badak Campus, Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia.
Manuscript received on 18 July 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 03 August 2019 | Manuscript Published on 10 August 2019 | PP: 452-455 | Volume-8 Issue-2S3 July 2019 | Retrieval Number: B10790782S319/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.B1079.0782S319
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Abstract: Malaysia is a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia. An increase of tourist arrivals (both domestic and international visitors) to Malaysia has seen a yearly increase in the number of accommodation available, especially those that are environmentally friendly. However, being environmentally friendly is a challenge for the tourism industry, especially when involving the accommodation sector. This is evidenced by the findings of a previous study that issues related to environmental sustainability are among problems faced by homestays in Malaysia. Since environmental awareness has been increasing across the world, these issues are important aspects that should be explored, especially relating to the tourism industry and specifically in the accommodation sector. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to examine the level of environmental awareness and knowledge among homestay operators in Selangor, Malaysia. In this preliminary study, 100 respondents were involved, who were selected using simple random sampling among homestay operators in Selangor, Malaysia. The descriptive analysis was done using SPSS software. The results show that the mean value for environmental awareness and knowledge is good. This shows that there is a high level of awareness and knowledge among homestay operators.
Keywords: Environmental Awareness, Environmental Knowledge, Operator, Homestay Program, Malaysia.
Scope of the Article: Environmental Engineering