Tourism Management, volume 71, pages 272-281

Livelihood sustainability in a rural tourism destination - Hetu Town, Anhui Province, China

Su Ming 1
Wall Geoffrey 2
Wang Yanan 3
Jin Min 1
2
 
University of Waterloo, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, Faculty of Environment, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, Canada
3
 
Credit Card Center, Minsheng Bank of China, China
Publication typeJournal Article
Publication date2019-04-01
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Impact factor12.7
ISSN02615177
Strategy and Management
Development
Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
Transportation
Abstract
Tourism impacts the livelihoods of destination communities for both good and ill. This study restructures the sustainable livelihood framework to analyze tourism and rural sustenance at Hetu Town, Anhui Province, China. A mixed methods research design is adopted, incorporating a quantitative questionnaire survey and qualitative semi-structured interviews. Data were collected from April 2015 to February 2016. Improvements in livelihood diversity were identified with most residents adopting a multi-activity strategy using synergistic relationships between tourism and other sources of income, thereby enhancing overall livelihood sustainability. However, freedom to engage in new livelihoods varies as those with limited assets are difficult to participate in tourism. An income gap has emerged within the community. Such social risks have not been considered by the local government and are not reflected in local policies. Practical implications are discussed to enhance tourism participation and ensure appropriate benefit sharing with an emphasis on the roles of government.

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Su M. et al. Livelihood sustainability in a rural tourism destination - Hetu Town, Anhui Province, China // Tourism Management. 2019. Vol. 71. pp. 272-281.
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TY - JOUR
DO - 10.1016/j.tourman.2018.10.019
UR - https://doi.org/10.1016%2Fj.tourman.2018.10.019
TI - Livelihood sustainability in a rural tourism destination - Hetu Town, Anhui Province, China
T2 - Tourism Management
AU - Su, Ming
AU - Wall, Geoffrey
AU - Wang, Yanan
AU - Jin, Min
PY - 2019
DA - 2019/04/01 00:00:00
PB - Elsevier
SP - 272-281
VL - 71
SN - 0261-5177
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@article{2019_Su,
author = {Ming Su and Geoffrey Wall and Yanan Wang and Min Jin},
title = {Livelihood sustainability in a rural tourism destination - Hetu Town, Anhui Province, China},
journal = {Tourism Management},
year = {2019},
volume = {71},
publisher = {Elsevier},
month = {apr},
url = {https://doi.org/10.1016%2Fj.tourman.2018.10.019},
pages = {272--281},
doi = {10.1016/j.tourman.2018.10.019}
}
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