Outlying islands as a tourist destination for local residents: The case of Cheung Chau in Hong Kong

Crystal Ip, Chun Hung Roberts Law

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Cheung Chau is an outlying island in Hong Kong, which is relatively untouched by the region's rapid economic development. The island provides a dramatic contrast to the cosmopolitan city center, one of the most popular travel destinations in Asia and a major business hub. This makes Cheung Chau a special attraction for local residents seeking to get away from their routine lives. However, no published studies have examined the opinions of residents on sustainable tourism development on Hong Kong's outlying islands and the motivating factors that drive residents to visit those islands. Hence, an exploratory qualitative study was undertaken to develop an understanding of the public's motivation for visiting Cheung Chau. The results of in-depth interviews with 15 residents who had visited the island are presented, along with an examination of the future direction of tourism development in Cheung Chau.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-430
Number of pages14
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • Cheung Chau
  • Local residents
  • Motivation
  • Push and pull factors
  • Sustainable tourism development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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