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Analyzing the Economic Sustainability of Tourism Development: Evidence from Hong Kong.

Zhang, Q., Fan, X., Lyu, J., Lin, P. and Jenkins, C., 2019. Analyzing the Economic Sustainability of Tourism Development: Evidence from Hong Kong. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research: The Professional Journal of the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education, 43 (2), 226-248.

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DOI: 10.1177/1096348018777046


Despite increased concerns about the negative economic impacts of tourism on host communities, insufficient attention has been paid to assess tourism economic sustainability. This paper aims to develop and validate a framework for assessing economic sustainability from the perspective of local stakeholders. In-depth interviews with 12 major stakeholders and a telephone survey with 1839 Hong Kong citizens were conducted. The tourism economic sustainability construct consisted of three dimensions: economic positivity, development control and individual welfare. The reliability and validity of the dimensions were confirmed by the data of sub-samples. The links between socio-demographic characteristics and attitudes toward tourism economic sustainability were evaluated. This paper enhanced our understanding of tourism economic sustainability by expanding the measurement from the macro level to micro level. Using the study setting in Hong Kong, it transcends previous analysis by providing a context to learn from ongoing controversies about the effects of tourism on host community.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Economic sustainability ; Host-guest conflict ; Hong Kong ; Economic positivity ; Development control ; Individual welfare
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:30594
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:18 Apr 2018 15:25
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:10


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