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The evolving path of community participation in tourism in China

Xu, Honggang et al.

Journal of sustainable tourism. Volume 27:Number 8 (2019, August 3rd); pp 1239-1258 -- Routledge

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  • Title:
    The evolving path of community participation in tourism in China
  • Author: Xu, Honggang;
    Jiang, Fenfen;
    Wall, Geoffrey;
    Wang, Yang
  • Found In: Journal of sustainable tourism. Volume 27:Number 8 (2019, August 3rd); pp 1239-1258
  • Journal Title: Journal of sustainable tourism
  • Subjects: Sustainable development--Periodicals; Tourism--Periodicals; Community participation--developing countries--development stage--benefits--decision-making; Dewey: 338.479105
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge
  • Abstract: Abstract:

    While there has been a plethora of research on community participation in tourism, most has relied upon a single survey or other form of data acquisition that lacks a dynamic component. Therefore, there is a need for longitudinal research to examine any changes in that participation. This article explores the evolution of participation in tourism in two communities, Nanshan and Tangfeng, in Hainan, China. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 villagers, and secondary data were collected to supplement the qualitative research. It postulates four stages of community involvement in sharing benefits and decision making: impactee, beneficiary, client, and owner. It is found that, in the cases under consideration, the evolution of participation has been slow, and the benefits to the communities from tourism and access to decision-making power are limited, with the power structure involved with tourism resorts being the main reason for this slow progress. Three suggestions are proposed to address this situation: capacity building, partnership, and institutional empowerment.


  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100084387764.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0966-9582; 10.1080/09669582.2019.1612904
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): 5067.735000
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100084387764.0x000001

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