PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2009, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (1): 139-146.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2009.01.019

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The Comprehensive Analysis of the Relationship Between Ecotourism and Regional Sustainable Development in China

LI Renjie1,2, LU Zi1,2   

  1. 1. College of Resources and Environment Science, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050016, China;
    2. Hebei Key Laboratory of Environmental Change and Ecological Construction, Shijiazhuang 050016, China
  • Received:2008-07-01 Revised:2008-12-01 Online:2009-01-24 Published:2009-01-24


This paper focuses on the relationship between ecotourism and regional sustainable development, which attracts more attention from home and abroad. Because of the wide range of the definition and meaning about the ecotourism, the authors extended the scope of key words, sifted through the results carefully to separate the more relative articles from the others by four grade rules. The authors also tried some ways to verify the representativeness of the results, and got 65 samples of the articles. Through the comprehensive analysis the authors found that: There are more researches on the cases, which are centered on the eastern coastal region; the papers were mostly published on journals of economics, few were on the journals of geography or tourism; over the past five years, our scholars have been forming steady direction in the research on ecotourism and regional sustainable development. The authors summed up four main fields: Relationship on Ecotourism and Regional Sustainable Development; The Effect of Ecotourism on the Promotion of Regional Sustainable Development; The Effect of Ecotourism on the Equity of Regional Sustainable Development; The Effect of Ecotourism on the Quality of Regional Sustainable Development. From these areas we can discover that ecotourism has important influence not only on tourism itself, but also on the regional sustainable development. It is a strategy for sustainable development, especially in the contribution to regional economic growth and equity of regional development. The research also found some problems in domestic research and put forward some suggestions: there is no article about the effect of ecotourism on the quality of regional sustainable development; the papers are more descriptive and less quantitative, thus we should strengthen works on statistical and monitoring data; the researches on regional cooperation of ecotourism are limited, so specialists in geography and tourism should take part in the researches and play important roles; there are also few papers in microscopic view, thus we should conduct more case studies based on microscopic samples.

Key words: ecotourism, region, sustainable development