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Tourist–community interactions in ethnic tourism: Tuva villages, Kanas Scenic Area, China

Su, Ming Ming et al.

Journal of tourism and cultural change. Volume 14:Issue 1 (2016); pp 1-26 -- Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

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  • Title:
    Tourist–community interactions in ethnic tourism: Tuva villages, Kanas Scenic Area, China
  • Author: Su, Ming Ming;
    Long, Ying;
    Wall, Geoffrey;
    Jin, Min
  • Found In: Journal of tourism and cultural change. Volume 14:Issue 1 (2016); pp 1-26
  • Journal Title: Journal of tourism and cultural change
  • Subjects: Heritage tourism--Periodicals; Tourism--Periodicals; interactions--community--tourist--ethnic tourism--Kanas Scenic Area--China; Dewey: 306.481905
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Abstract: Abstract :

    Tourists and destination communities interact in different contexts. Such interactions play a key role in constructing a rewarding experience and cultural understanding for tourists and influence the social and cultural life of the destination community. It is particularly so at ethnic areas where tourism experiences are acquired through encounters with the ethnic community. A diagram of tourist–community interactions in ethnic tourism is developed to outline different types of interactions, factors affecting these interactions, and impacts to both groups of actors. This research explores tourist–community interactions through a comparative examination of tourists' and residents' perceptions at Tuva villages in Kanas Scenic Area (KSA), China. In-depth interviews were conducted with residents involved in tourism and tourists to KSA through two field investigations in 2010 and 2013. Research results indicate that the ethnic encounter is not perceived by tourists as a primary motivation to visit Kanas, but it contributes to the formation of a satisfactory on-site experience. Tourists and community members have diverse needs for these interactions and are impacted by these interactions to different degrees. The research also reveals that community participation influences how and to what extent these interactions occur. Practical implications for KSA are then discussed.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100028897096.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1476-6825; 10.1080/14766825.2014.976228
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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