The boom in tourism to and within China is quite a recent phenomenon. China is now among the leading international tourist destinations, and demand for domestic tourism is rapidly increasing. This study examines the role of tourism in the local economic development in different areas of China, and identifies the decisive factors in determining the success or failure of tourism-oriented development strategy at the local level. The author juxtaposes case studies of Guilin, a domestic and international tourist destination in a less developed local area, Suzhou, also both a domestic and international destination but in a more mature local economy, and lastly Beidaihe, a mainly domestic tourist destination.

part |2 pages

Part I: Theoretical and Empirical Background

chapter 1|13 pages


chapter 3|25 pages

Regional Settings of Tourism Development

part |2 pages

Part II: The Growth and Structure of Tourist Demand

chapter 4|15 pages

International Tourism

chapter 5|37 pages

Domestic Travel and Tourism

part |2 pages

Part III: Tourism Infrastructure Development

chapter 6|20 pages

International Hotel Industry

chapter 7|18 pages

Domestic Accommodation Sector

part |2 pages

Part IV: Economic Effects

part |2 pages

Part V: Summary, Prospects and Policy Issues

chapter 10|6 pages


chapter 11|10 pages

Prospects and Policy Issues