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Title: A comparative analysis of domestic and international tourism spatial distribution : trends and impacts
Other Titles: 国内与国际旅游空间分布的趋势与影响 : 一个比较分析
Authors: Goh, C
Li, H
Li, M 
Keywords: comparative analysis
Domestic tourism
International tourism
Regional impact
Spatial distribution
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Journal of China tourism research (中國旅游硏究), 2014, v. 10, no. 4, p. 388-413 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of China tourism research (中國旅游硏究) 
Abstract: As one of the most important economic sectors in China, tourism must be supported in a way that will encourage balanced regional economic development. The spatial distribution of tourism should be evaluated to assess the role of growing tourism in regional economic inequality. Unlike previous studies that focus on international tourism, this paper compares the spatial distributions of international and domestic tourism by using the Mean Log Deviation decomposition method, within and between China’s three economic regions over the period from 1997 to 2010. The results show that, compared with regional economic distribution, imbalance in the spatial distribution of tourism is more pronounced. However, from a dynamic and comparative perspective, this paper asserts that tourism, especially domestic tourism, is a more effective instrument for China’s balanced regional economic development than international tourism.
ISSN: 1938-8160
EISSN: 1938-8179
DOI: 10.1080/19388160.2014.906933
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