PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2013, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (6): 984-992.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2013.06.016

• Tourism and Leisure Geography • Previous Articles    

A review on sustainable development for tourist destination

TANG Chengcai1,2,3, ZHONG Linsheng2, CHENG Shengkui2   

  1. 1. School of Tourism Management, Beijing International Studies University, Beijing 100024, China;
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    3. Chinese Heritage Tourism Research Center, Beijing 100024, China
  • Received:2012-08-01 Revised:2013-01-01 Online:2013-06-25 Published:2013-06-25

Abstract: With the rapid development of tourism, various resource and environmental problems have been constantly emerging in tourism destination areas. The research on sustainable development of tourism destinations can promote the optimization of comprehensive benefit and the exertion of ecosystem service function for tourism destinations. There have been abundant achievements in the research on sustainable development of tourism destinations at home and abroad. The research progress was reviewed from the three aspects in this paper, including research process, research methods and main research content. Firstly, the course of the research at home and abroad was summarized and divided into three phases: initial exploration, rapid development, consolidation and deepening. Secondly, main research methods were analyzed comprehensively in terms of their characteristics and the insufficiency, which include tourism environment capacity evaluation, tourism environment impact evaluation, evaluation indices, limits of acceptable change, tourism ecology footprint. Thirdly, the major research contexts were reviewed from seven aspects, including the concepts and the level of sustainable development of tourism destinations, the course and the mechanism of the development of tourism destinations, carrying capacity and ecosystem safety of the environment of tourism destinations, tourism sustainable development model, local residents' and visitors' perceptions of the impacts of tourism, low-carbon development of tourism destinations, and the impacts of tourism enterprises. Finally, the perspectives of the research on sustainable development of tourism destinations in China were put forward from the aspects of theory, methods, and content.

Key words: research review, sustainable development, tourism industry, tourist destination