Chinese university students' perceptions of ecotourism
by Ming Ming Su; Geoffrey Wall
International Journal of Services Technology and Management (IJSTM), Vol. 24, No. 4, 2018

Abstract: The concept and practices of ecotourism have been widely discussed since the term was created. Current understanding of ecotourism has been primarily rooted in western ideology and values. When transported to a different culture, equivalency of meaning is difficult to establish. With a growing interest in ecotourism research and practices in China, scholars have argued that the concept of ecotourism has distinctive connotations in China. Using a questionnaire survey and focus group discussions with university students, it is shown that while an emphasis on natural environments and respect for their use is widely accepted, Chinese informants assigned greater importance to culture, were more inclined to reject a dualism between humans and nature, and gave more priority to health outcomes than is common in the west. On the other hand, they were more tolerant of mass use and were less likely to recognise the need for local benefits and empowerment. This study generates valuable insights on the future development of ecotourism in China.

Online publication date: Thu, 14-Jun-2018

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