China

A growth engine for Asian tourism

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Abstract

This chapter describes the development of tourism in China, with particular focus on how China's tourism development affects South and Southeast Asia. The discussion begins with an overview of modern tourism in China, how it has developed in recent decades and how it is projected to grow in the future. This is followed by an examination of the tourism relationship between China and its neighbours to the south, in terms of: travel between China and South and Southeast Asia, tourism investments between China and South and Southeast Asia, and border tourism between China and South and Southeast Asian countries China was essentially closed to foreign visitors following the victory of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1949. The few foreigners who did succeed in visiting China in the 1950s and 1960s were mostly from the communist bloc countries of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, North Korea and North Vietnam. Some early efforts at resurrecting a tourism industry were made in the mid-1950s, but these were set back by the political instability of the Great Leap Forward in the late 1950s (Lew, 1987). Following this period of disarray and starvation in rural China, a revived interest in tourism resulted in the establishment of the Bureau of Travel and Tourism in 1964. A minimal number of tourists from Western countries (4500 in 1966) were allowed to visit China during this period just before the start of the Cultural Revolution (late 1960s to early 1970s) when tourism was almost nonexistent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTourism in South and Southeast Asia
Subtitle of host publicationIssues and Cases
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages268-285
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781136002267
ISBN (Print)9780750641289
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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China
Asia
Tourism
South Asia
South-East Asia
Political instability
North Korea
Asian countries
Eastern Europe
Soviet Union
Tourism development
Cultural Revolution
Tourism industry
Communist Party
Rural China
Tourists

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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Lew, A. A. (2012). China: A growth engine for Asian tourism. In Tourism in South and Southeast Asia: Issues and Cases (pp. 268-285). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780080519425_31

China : A growth engine for Asian tourism. / Lew, Alan A.

Tourism in South and Southeast Asia: Issues and Cases. Taylor and Francis, 2012. p. 268-285.

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Lew, AA 2012, China: A growth engine for Asian tourism. in Tourism in South and Southeast Asia: Issues and Cases. Taylor and Francis, pp. 268-285. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780080519425_31
Lew AA. China: A growth engine for Asian tourism. In Tourism in South and Southeast Asia: Issues and Cases. Taylor and Francis. 2012. p. 268-285 https://doi.org/10.4324/9780080519425_31
Lew, Alan A. / China : A growth engine for Asian tourism. Tourism in South and Southeast Asia: Issues and Cases. Taylor and Francis, 2012. pp. 268-285
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