PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2023, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (4): 809-820.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2023.04.015

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Clarification and research progress of tourism island-related concepts

LIU Liang(), TIAN Li*()   

  1. School of Business and Tourism Management, Yunnan University, Kunming 650500, China
  • Received:2022-09-12 Revised:2023-03-05 Online:2023-04-28 Published:2023-04-27
  • Contact: TIAN Li;
  • Supported by:
    Key Program of National Social Science Foundation of China(21AJY023);Program of Education Department of Yunnan Province(2022Y086)


In the context of high-quality development, the conflicting relationship between tourist areas and surrounding communities has become a severe obstacle to the realization of high-quality economic development. As a theoretical tool to describe the relationship between tourist areas and surrounding communities, the concept of tourism island is of great value in identifying, assessing, and managing the conflicts between tourist areas and surrounding communities. Therefore, it has gradually become a new topic in geography, sociology, economics, and other related disciplines. On the basis of distinguishing and analyzing the three interrelated concepts of tourism enclave, tourism bubble, and tourism island, this article systematically reviewed the research progress from the four aspects of tourism island types, key characteristics, causes of formation, and impacts, and found that the current research still has obvious deficiencies in theoretical framework, empirical research, and governance system. Finally, this article proposed three specific directions for further research based on the shortcomings of the current research. Based on the practice of Chinese tourism development, a theoretical framework of tourism island should be constructed, the formation processes and impacts of tourism island should be explored using diversified methods of analysis, and a multi-dimensional, multi-level, and multi-process regulatory mechanism should be developed. Overall, this article presented a systematic review of the previous research literature on tourism island to show their results and quality; it also clarified the starting point for further research and laid a foundation for new research works.

Key words: tourism island, tourism enclave, touristm bubble, tourist area, communities, literature review