Temporal and spatial evolution of carbon emissions and their influencing factors for tourist attractions at heritage tourist destinations

Chengcai Tang, Ziwei Wan, Pin Ng, Xiangyi Dai, Qiuxiang Sheng, Chen Da Chen

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Abstract

Carbon emissions play an important role in sustainable tourism development at heritage sites. The study takes the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area (WSHIA) as an example, and primary and secondary data sources are used to measure and estimate the carbon emissions of tourist attractions from 1979 to 2014. The temporal and spatial evolution of carbon emissions and their influencing factors for tourist attractions at heritage tourist destinations are analyzed. The results show that there are great differences in carbon emissions per visitor across the different types of tourism attractions at the heritage tourist destination, and there are significant monthly and interannual differences in the carbon emissions of the tourism attractions in the WSHIA. The main influencing factors include tourism seasonality, the rapid growth of China's tourism market, and the rising popularity of heritage tourism. The spatial evolution of carbon emissions of the tourist attractions can be divided into three stages, and its main influencing factors include functional zoning and environmental regulation at the heritage sites and diversified evolution of the heritage tourist attractions. The findings of this study could enrich theories of low-carbon tourism and provide the low-carbon development measures of sustainable tourism in heritage tourist destinations for policymakers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5944
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume11
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

Keywords

  • Carbon emissions
  • Heritage tourist destination
  • Influencing factors
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Temporal and spatial evolution
  • Tourist attractions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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