PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2006, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (5): 120-130.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2006.05.025

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Progr ess and Prospect of study on Socio-cultur e Impact of Tour ism on Destination Ar ea

XIE Ting1,2, ZHONG Linsheng1, CHEN Tian1, YUAN Hong1,2   

  1. 1. Institute of Geography Sciences and Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101 China|
    2. Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 China
  • Received:2006-05-01 Revised:2006-07-01 Online:2006-09-25 Published:2006-09-25


The substantial growth in tourism during the past few decades and projected growth in future decades have been widely documented. The tourist destination changed greatly with the development of tourism and the transformation of society, which can be found in every aspect of the social life in the destination. Since the 1970s, the socio- cultural impacts of tourism have appeared in more and more studies. And being a hot topic, it is still being discussed in recently years. Integrating the views of anthropology in this field, this paper summarized the domestic and international research progress in theories, perspectives, methods, practices and models of the socio- cultural impacts of tourism, in which tourism is perceived to contribute to changes in value systems, individual behavior, resident attitude and perceive, collective lifestyles, moral conduct, traditional ceremonies, and community organizations. Finally, the author pointed out the weak sides of the current studies, and the main research directions in the future are given. Studies show that the main problems include: the scholars generally paid much more attention to case study than theory building; the study emphasized quality over quantity; some studies focused too much on the negative impact of tourism, neglecting the positive side; and there was shortage of a normative index system, resulting in weak comparability within studies. The future main directions are as follows: to tightly combine the needs of actual tourism development and management with academic studies; to complete the theory building and technical method improving; to merge multiple disciplinaries; and so on.

Key words: research progress, socio-culture, tourism impacts

CLC Number: 

  • F590.1