Potential Economic Contribution of Regional Tourism Development in China: A Comparative Analysis

Stephen Albert Pratt

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The tourism industry in China has increased dramatically in recent years. Tourism development has been somewhat asymmetric with east coast provinces developing faster than others. This research compares and contrasts the potential economic contribution of tourism across China's provinces. Because of larger multiplier effects, the more economically developed provincial economies will experience greater economic benefits as a result of further increases in tourism. However, several inland provinces are also poised to benefit from increased tourism. Increases in visitor arrivals in these provinces have the potential to benefit both the tourism sectors and those sectors that demand and supply services to these industries. This is an attractive source of economic development in lesser developed provinces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-312
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • China inbound tourism
  • China region
  • Economic impact
  • Economic linkages
  • Input-output analysis
  • Tourism development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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