1st Edition

Contemporary Perspectives on China Tourism

Edited By Honggen Xiao Copyright 2012

    Contemporary Perspectives on China Tourism is an innovative and engaging collection which presents unique approaches and critical insights into the policy, development and management practices of tourism and hospitality in modern China.

    This volume consists of nine independent research reports overarching the consequences of tourism from economic, sociocultural, community, and humanistic perspectives. The book addresses generic issues such as tourism demand, mega events, leisure, tourist experience, cultural representation, community development, and quality of life through tourism, as well as strategies and techniques specific to the tourism and hospitality industries.

    Contemporary Perspectives on China Tourism draws on methodological traditions of anthropology, business, communication and media studies, geography, linguistics and literature, sociology, and critical tourism studies.

    Seven of the nine chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue on "Methodological Innovations in China Tourism Research" of the Journal of China Tourism Research.

    Preface: Contemporary Perspectives on China Tourism

    1. Tourism Demand Modelling and Forecasting: A Review of Literature related to Greater China Gang Li, University of Surrey, UK

    2. "Galloping Our Minds Beyond the Boundaries": Exploring Leisure in the Poetry of the Orchid Pavilion Gathering Thomas M. Lavallee, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, USA and Libo Yan, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau SAR

    3. Post-Olympic Tourist Experience: An Autoethnographic Perspective Songshan (Sam) Huang, University of South Australia, Australia

    4. Framework Suitability for Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry: A Comparative Study Hong Shi, University of Gloucestershire, UK 

    5. China Hotel Quality Competitiveness Assessment: A Quality Competition Index Approach Jianlan Zhong, Xueqiong Chen, Huaqiao University, China and Lijia (Karen) Xie, Temple University, USA

    6. Tourism Development and Regional Quality of Life: The Case of China Fang Meng, University of South Carolina, USA, Xiangping Li, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau SAR, and Muzaffer Uysal, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

    7. Event Impacts Assessment: A Model Based on Media Content Analysis of Expo '99 Kunming and World Expo 2010 Shanghai Guangquan Dai, South China University of Technology, China, Jigang Bao, Sun Yat-sen University, China, and Xin Chen, South China University of Technology, China

    8. Repositioning Chinese Tourism Media Studies: A Sociocultural Perspective Grace Yan and Carla Almeida Santos, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

    9. Hongcun, China—Residents’ Perceptions of the Impacts of Tourism on a Rural Community: A Mixed Methods Approach Huimin Gu, Beijing International Studies University, China and Chris Ryan, University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Conclusion: China Tourism Studies: Prospects and Paradigmatic Implications


    Honggen Xiao, PhD., is Assistant Professor in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR. His tourism interests include sociology of knowledge, scientific community, knowledge development, experiential learning, cultural studies, leisure, and China tourism. He is Calendar and Index Editor of Annals of Tourism Research, and has teaching and research experience from Hong Kong, Canada, Japan and mainland China.