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Integrating tea and tourism: a sustainable livelihoods approach

Su, Ming Ming; Wall, Geoffrey; Wang, Yanan

Journal of sustainable tourism. Volume 27:Number 10 (2019, October 3rd); pp 1591-1608 -- Routledge

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  • Title:
    Integrating tea and tourism: a sustainable livelihoods approach
  • Author: Su, Ming Ming;
    Wall, Geoffrey;
    Wang, Yanan
  • Found In: Journal of sustainable tourism. Volume 27:Number 10 (2019, October 3rd); pp 1591-1608
  • Journal Title: Journal of sustainable tourism
  • Subjects: Sustainable development--Periodicals; Tourism--Periodicals; Tea--tourism--rural community--sustainable livelihood--China; Dewey: 338.479105
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge
  • Abstract: Abstract:

    As an agricultural product with strong social and cultural connotations, the production and consumption of tea have high potential to be integrated with tourism to enhance community livelihood sustainability. A sustainable livelihood approach is used in a tea tourism context in Hetu Town, Anhui Province, China, to examine critically the interactive relationships between tea and tourism. Face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted with management officials, community leaders, tea industry representatives and village residents in four field investigations in 2015 and 2016. Improvement in community livelihood sustainability was identified through enhancement of livelihood diversity and choice. However, impacts on household livelihood sustainability varied as tourism participation is restricted by level of livelihood assets. The increase of the within-community income gap may generate social problems in the long run. The current level of tea and tourism integration is limited. The history, culture and traditions related with tea are not widely disseminated by local tea producers. Opportunities for in-depth and diversified tea tourism experiences are being recognized, which call for partnership with those involved in tourism. Practical implications are discussed to enhance tea and tourism integration, boost local participation, enhance local benefits, and particularly, to engage those with lower levels of livelihood assets.


  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100087716627.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0966-9582; 10.1080/09669582.2019.1648482
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): 5067.735000
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100087716627.0x000001

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