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International Journal of Tourism Anthropology (3 papers in press)
A cross-cultural analysis of Hutong tourism at Nanluoguxiang, Beijing, China: Comparison between Beijing, other Chinese and international visitors by Ming Ming Su, Geoffrey Wall Abstract: Hutongs, a representative street layout with traditional houses of ordinary Beijing residents, have increasingly used as cultural attractions and generating diverse experiences for tourists from different backgrounds. Taking a cross-cultural perspective, this study compares use patterns, motivations, perceptions and evaluations of Beijing, other domestic and international visitors at Nanluoguxiang hutong tourism site in Beijing through onsite questionnaire surveys. Research indicates that most visitors are young and well educated. Perceptions of the authenticity of the experience decreases and recognition of Nanluoguxiangs representation of Beijing character increases with cultural distance. Activities, such as visiting hutong and interacting with hutong residents, have a stronger influence on perceptions and evaluations of tourists with a greater cultural distance from the host culture. Results support the important role that cultural distance plays in shaping visitor perceptions and evaluations of heritage tourism sites. Practical implications are discussed to inform planning and management of hutong tourism in Beijing. Keywords: Hutong tourism; visitor; cultural distance; Nanluoguxiang; China.
The fall and reincarnation of Thailands Tiger Temple by Erik Cohen Abstract: Illegal animal tourist establishments, such as zoos, theme parks, tourist-oriented farms, and animal shows proliferated in recent years in the emergent regions of the world, and attract large numbers of visitors. Animal rights and ethics advocates generally oppose those establishments and favor their closure, but pay scarce attention to the consequences of successful closure for the saved animals. The Tiger Temple in Thailand was such an illegal but popular establishment, offering tourists a close embodied interaction with nominally wild, but actually tame tigers. This reconstructed anthropological case study of the prolonged struggle of the Thai authorities and animal rights and welfare activists against the Temple, focuses on the successful closure of the tiger displays, the removal of the tigers into government facilities, and the attempt of the Temple to reincarnate its tiger displays in a formally separate tiger zoo. The paper concludes that the manner in which the authorities handled the process, eventuated in undesired consequences for all participants: though the Temple was granted a license for its zoo, it remained without its tigers; the removal burdened the authorities with the care for the relocated animals; and the tigers suffered a reduction in their welfare conditions. In conclusion, the article highlights the need to pay increased attention to the neglected problem of the level of welfare of wild animals after they have been released from the clutch of traffickers or from animal entertainment facilities. Keywords: tourist-animal interaction; Tiger Temple; Thai Department of National Parks (DNP); tiger shows; tiger trafficking; animal welfare.
Tourism-Driven Urbanization in Chinas Small Town Development: Yiren Town, China by Li Yang Abstract: The tourism industry has emerged as a new dynamic impetus for urbanization in China. Many small towns in the peripheral regions of China are experiencing urbanization, especially in places where distinctive tourist attractions are located. However, little has been done to explore the role of tourism real estate development in Chinese urbanization and its consequences. This paper addresses this gap through examining the process of tourism-driven urbanization as a development strategy of small towns in China. The role of tourism real estate and its socio-economic consequences are also explored. The findings from a case study of Yiren Town, Yunnan Province, Southwest China, which is a newly-built destination, reveal that tourism real estate development has transformed Yiren from a sleepy small town into a place with diverse real estate landscapes. The construction of replica old towns alongside leisure properties constitutes a new pattern of urbanization, suggesting that tourism developers and policy-makers should reconsider the large-scale development of tourism real estate and its impacts on the environment and adjacent communities. Keywords: development; tourism real estate; urbanization; impacts; Yunnan; China.