PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2012, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (6): 808-816.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2012.06.018

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Tourism Potential Analysis of the Medium and Small-sized Cultural Tourist Cities Based on Accessibility

HU Hao1, WANG Jiao'e2, JIN Fengjun2   

  1. 1. School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China;

    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2011-09-01 Revised:2012-05-01 Online:2012-06-25 Published:2012-06-25

Abstract: Tourism potential is an important part of tourism industry planning studies. As the antecedent condition of tourism development and potentiality exploitation of cities, tourism traffic accessibility is always the key to breakthrough the bottleneck of tourism, especially in the medium and small sized cultural tourist cities that are under the effect of shielding in tourism development. There is a large quantity of tourism potential measurements and evaluations based on a certain type of tourism from the perspectives of markets and resources in the large and medium-sized cities, but relatively few studies are available on the tourism potential study of the medium and small sized cultural tourist cities by using accessibility concepts of tourism affected by the traffic of different scales of regions. With the building of evaluation index system, this article evaluates the tourism traffic accessibility for the nationwide 34 medium and small sized cultural tourist cities from macro scale, and analyzes the tourism traffic accessibility in the region of time accessibility hinterland based on 1h, 2h and 3h traffic circles on the micro scale. Combined with the evaluation and analysis results,we analyzed the tourism potential under the influence of the tourism traffic accessibility, and drew the conclusions that the tourism potential displays a high coefficient of correlation with the coefficient of traffic accessibility in medium and small sized cultural tourist cities. What is more, near the Sichuan Basin, the downstream and delta of the Yangtze River, cities with a high traffic accessibility coefficient will enhance the tourism accessibility of the small and medium-sized tourist cities under their governance, and will become the tourists stopover stations or important tourists potential markets of the medium and small sized cultural tourist cities. The higher economic output and better traffic conditions of the country regions and the adjacent areas provide the necessary financial support, the travel gathering and diffusing function conditions for the small and medium-sized tourist cities, and thus, the small cultural tourist cities have more comparative advantages on tourism potential compared to other areas.

Key words: the medium and small sized cultural tour ist cities, time accessibility, tourism potential, traffic accessibility