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Research on China's Inbound Tourism: A Comparative Review

Wu, Mao-Ying; Wall, Geoffrey; Tong, Yixuan

Journal of China tourism research. Volume 15:Number 3 (2019, July 3rd); pp 320-339 -- Taylor & Francis Group

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  • Title:
    Research on China's Inbound Tourism: A Comparative Review
  • Author: Wu, Mao-Ying;
    Wall, Geoffrey;
    Tong, Yixuan
  • Found In: Journal of China tourism research. Volume 15:Number 3 (2019, July 3rd); pp 320-339
  • Journal Title: Journal of China tourism research
  • Subjects: Tourism--China--Periodicals; China; Periodicals; Tourism; Inbound tourism--review--domestic studies--international studies--benchmarking--future directions; 入境旅游--综述--国内研究--国际研究--比较--未来方向; Dewey: 338.479151
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Taylor & Francis Group
  • Abstract: ABSTRACT:

    This study explores the current status of research on inbound tourism to China, which ranks third globally among tourist receiving countries. The importance of inbound tourism as an indicator of national tourism competitiveness and the current slow growth of inbound tourism in China make this review timely. A bibliometric approach is used. Articles published with CSSCI (Chinese Social Science Indexed) journals and international studies published in English-language journals were identified. Analysis of over 700 domestic articles about inbound tourism indicates that the studies concentrate on macro issues, in particular the spatial and temporal distribution of the inbound tourists and their economic impacts. Few studies on Chinese inbound tourism have been published in English language journals. The most popular theme is tourists' behaviors. A comparison between publications in two languages is made and implications are offered in the context of the Chinese government's policies on inbound tourism and the current status of research.


  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100085627438.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1938-8179; 10.1080/19388160.2018.1516584
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100085627438.0x000001

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