PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2017, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (4): 513-526.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2017.04.012

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A literature research on tourism food consumption

Ling'en WANG1,2(), Lei WANG1,3,*(), Linsheng ZHONG1, Shengkui CHENG1   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
    3. College of Humanities, Ningxia University, Yinchuan 750021, China
  • Received:2016-07-01 Online:2017-04-20 Published:2017-04-20
  • Contact: Lei WANG;
  • Supported by:
    Specialized Research Fund of the National Key Research and Development Program of China, No.2016YFE0113100;National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.71233007;China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, No.2014M561041, No.2015T80128]


Food consumption is the primary content of tourism consumption. With the deepening of tourism research, tourism food consumption, in recent years, has gradually become the focus of attention of scholars. At present, the research of Chinese tourism food consumption is limited to the development of food culture tourism resources and food hygiene, and most of them are descriptive in nature, in the early stage of development. International tourism food consumption study started earlier, and the content is more comprehensive. In addition to the research content of tourism food safety and health, food tourism product development and marketing, the fields of tourist food consumption behavior, the relationship between tourism food consumption and tourist destination, and combined effect of tourism food consumption have also been actively discussed. Using literature analysis,this article comprehensively analyzes Chinese and international tourism food consumption based on literature search from academic databases. Tourism food consumption development stage and characteristics were then summarized. The research progress in tourism food consumption were analyzed from six aspects of tourist food consumption behavior, food tourism resources development, tourism food festivals and marketing, tourism food safety and risks, tourism food consumption and destination development, and environmental impact and sustainability of tourism food consumption. Finally, research focuses of tourism food consumption in China at present are proposed.

Key words: tourists, food consumption, tourism, catering, review