Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

6-2007

Abstract

How did the differing strategies adopted to develop tourism in Guizhou and Yunnan affect patterns of economic development and poverty reduction? The answer is paradoxical. Both provincial governments incorporated tourism as part of their overall development strategies, but their tourism sites were distributed and structured strikingly differently. In Yunnan, although tourism contributed to rapid economic growth, it did not reduce rural poverty as much as might be expected from a large rural-based industry. By contrast, Guizhou's relatively small-scale tourism industry, although not contributing significantly to growth, was distributed largely in poor areas and was structured to allow poor people to participate directly. The conclusions have implications for our understanding of provincial development strategy in China and ways that tourism can be used for development and poverty reduction.

Keywords

poverty alleviation, tourism, poverty reduction, economic development, China, Yunnan, Guizhou

Discipline

Asian Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Tourism and Travel

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

China Quarterly

Volume

190

First Page

333

Last Page

351

ISSN

0305-7410

Identifier

10.1017/S0305741007001221

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

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Authors

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Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0305741007001221