A modernism-based interpretation of sustainable tourism

Shiqin Zhang, Eric S.W. Chan

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To promote knowledge creation and transfer, this study adopts a modernism-based interpretation to reduce the conceptual vagueness and the terminological confusion of sustainable tourism. On the basis of the intensional definition techniques, namely, etymology and genus-and-differentia, the precising and theoretical definition of sustainable tourism was constructed. Specifically, sustainable tourism was identified as a resource-concerned tourism development ethic with human needs for growth, ideology for continuity, and global context as main constructs. This conceptual framework levels up sustainable tourism as a tourism development concern rather than a specific tourism form, thereby contributing to consistent communication in both academia and practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-237
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • continuity
  • definition theory
  • growth
  • modernism
  • sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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