Research on environmental impacts of tourism in China: progress and prospect

Zhong, Linsheng, Deng, Jinyang, Song, Zengwen and Ding, Peiyi (2011) Research on environmental impacts of tourism in China: progress and prospect. Journal of Environmental Management, 92 11: 2972-2983. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2011.07.011


Author Zhong, Linsheng
Deng, Jinyang
Song, Zengwen
Ding, Peiyi
Title Research on environmental impacts of tourism in China: progress and prospect
Journal name Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4797
1095-8630
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2011.07.011
Volume 92
Issue 11
Start page 2972
End page 2983
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract With the rapid development of tourism industry in China since 1980, the country has experienced an increasing use of its natural and cultural environment for tourism, resulting in tourism resources being adversely impacted in many tourism destinations. This paper described the research progress in tourism impacts on the environment in the context of China through a review of the growing literature in this field. Specifically, research on tourism impacts on the biophysical and socio-cultural environments, tourism carrying capacity, environmental quality assessment, and measures for the protection and management of tourism resources was reviewed. The review found that the majority of research was qualitative and descriptive in nature, and there was a lack of case studies and theoretical development. Future research should focus on the evaluation of environmental impacts, particularly those gradual cumulative impacts on the tourism environment; examination of the quantitative relationship between the impact and the level of tourism use for different activities; development of methods to estimate the carrying capacity; and understanding of positive impacts of tourism.
Keyword Tourism
Environment
Impact
Progress
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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