SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2022, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (10): 1788-1798.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2022.10.011

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Response Path of Inbound and Outbound Tourism of Urban Destinations Under Inter-regional Relationship Influence Framework: Configuration Analysis Based on the Data of Hong Kong, China, from 1997 to 2019

Zha Ruibo(), Huang Yue(), Du Shuying, Wang Peihan, Xu Jinrong   

  1. School of Culture Tourism and Public Administration, The Higher Educational Key Laboratory for Smart Tourism of Fujian Province, School of Geographical Science, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350117, Fujian, China
  • Received:2022-03-20 Revised:2022-06-09 Accepted:2022-07-07 Online:2022-10-30 Published:2022-10-20
  • Contact: Huang Yue;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(42201267);National Natural Science Foundation of China(42001170);Humanities and Social Science Research Foundation of the Ministry of Education of China(18YJCZH007);Humanities and Social Science Research Foundation of the Ministry of Education of China(20YJCZH237);National Key R&D Program(2017YFC0505403);Education Research Project for Young and Middle-aged Teachers of the Education Department of Fujian Province(JAS180072);China Scholarship Council Program (202108350051)(202108350051)


This article selects data from Hong Kong, China during the period of 1997-2019. The antecedent and consequential conditions are analyzed by using the qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) to determine the path of inbound and outbound tourism flow. The research results are as follow: 1) In terms of the number of paths, although it is continuously simplified, it is still complex; 2) In terms of core conditions, all single factors do not constitute core conditions of influence, and the pathways of Hong Kong’s inbound and outbound tourism flows are affected by a combination of multiple factors; 3) In terms of antecedent conditions, there are differences in the impact of IRRIF, with the hard power relationship playing a dominant role in high inbound and outbound tourism flows and the soft power relationship playing a greater role in non-high inbound and outbound tourism flows; 4) Among the path countries/regions, there are significant regional differences between high and non-high inbound and outbound tourism flows; 5) At the temporal level, the paths of stage 1 are quite different from those of stage 2 and stage 3, indicating that the segmentation events of time nodes have different impact on inbound and outbound tourism in Hong Kong, China.

Key words: Inter-regional relationship influence framework (IRRIF), qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), inbound and outbound tourism flows, urban destination

CLC Number: 

  • F59