Economic Impacts of Domestic Tourism in the Rural Developing World: A Case Study of Zhangjiajie City, China

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This article examines the economic impact of tourism in and around China's Zhangjiajie City, a destination known for its protected areas and natural beauty. It is a rather unique case in that it is a natural attraction in the developing world that attracts predominately domestic tourists. Based on the analysis of published governmental statistical data, this study concludes that tourism has accelerated the economic development of the region, transformed the industrial base of the region, and that tourism is gradually emerging as the dominant economic sector. It concludes by discussing future threats to Zhangjiajie's tourism-centric economy.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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  • Tourism Review International is a peer-reviewed journal that advances excellence in all fields of tourism research, promotes high-level tourism knowledge, and nourishes cultural awareness in all sectors of the tourism industry by integrating industry and academic perspectives. Its international and interdisciplinary nature ensures that the needs of those interested in tourism are served by documenting industry practices, discussing tourism management and planning issues, providing a forum for primary research and critical examinations of previous research, and by chronicling changing tourism patterns and trends at the local, regional and global scale.
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