Spatial Analysis for Regional Difference of Tourism Economy in China

  • 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. The Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100049, China;
    3. Tourism Department of Suzhou University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215021, China

Received date: 2010-08-18

  Revised date: 2011-03-17

  Online published: 2011-05-20


Using the method of two-stage nested Theil coefficient decomposition, this paper reveals the change features and contribution rate of overall regional inequality of the between-region, between-province and within-province inequality based on both inbound tourism economy and domestic tourism economy, and analyzes the spatial pattern for regional difference of tourism economic according to the within-province inequality from 2000 to 2008. The results are as following: 1) The overall regional difference between inbound tourism economy and domestic tourism economy in China tends to be narrow, and the regional difference of domestic tourism is less than that of inbound tourism. 2) Within-province inequality is more obvious than that of between-region and between-province inequality, and it plays an important role in the overall regional difference of tourism economy in China. The between-province inequality in the eastern region is obvious; however the tourism is relatively balanced in central and western provinces. 3) The within-province inequality in the eastern region is more obvious and has a high contribution rate to overall regional inequality; however, in the central and western regions, the situation is relatively different. The within-province inequality is obvious in some provinces, and the spatial patterns of tourism development are "double-center" model or "single-center" model, but the contribution rate of overall regional inequality of the within-province inequality is low, because of its smaller proportion of the tourism economics in the whole country. Resources endowment, transportation and economic development are the important factors related to regional difference of tourism economic in China by correlation analysis.

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WANG De-Gen, CHEN Tian . Spatial Analysis for Regional Difference of Tourism Economy in China[J]. SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA, 2011 , 31(5) : 528 -536 . DOI: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2011.05.528


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