Characters of Regional Structure of Chinese Inbound Tourism Flows' Concentration and Diffusion Based on Spatial Transferring State Matrix: A Case Study of Six Typical Areas of Chinese Inbound Tourism

  • 1. College of Tourism and Environment, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, Shaanxi 710062, China;
    2. China Tourism Academy, Beijing 100005, China;
    3. Institute of Management, Yulin College, Yulin, Shaanxi 719000, China

Received date: 2010-08-04

  Revised date: 2011-02-28

  Online published: 2011-05-20


Owing to theory of competitive state, this paper constructs the spatial transferring state matrix of Chinese inbound tourism flows. With statistic data of inbound tourism as well as sampling information of inbound tourists in 1994-2008, it delimits six typical areas of Chinese inbound tourism reasonably. Afterwards, this paper evaluates spatial concentration state indexes as well as spatial diffusion state indexes of these areas to build models of spatial transferring state matrix. The results show that hierarchical transferring pattern exists in the eastern China while hierarchical transferring pattern and contagions transferring pattern coexist in the western China at the same time. Furthermore, the spatial concentricity of concentration and diffusion areas of inbound tourism flows is obvious because there is an outstanding coincidence of concentration areas and diffusion areas among those six typical areas. In addition, the interaction among those six typical areas' concentration areas and diffusion areas is significant. Moreover, the gradient character of regional structure of Chinese inbound tourism flows' concentration and diffusion is conspicuous. On the whole, the spatial transferring of inbound tourism flows shows a dynamic balance system that is westward oriented.

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LI Chuang-Xin, MA Yao-Feng, ZHENG Peng, KANG Xiong . Characters of Regional Structure of Chinese Inbound Tourism Flows' Concentration and Diffusion Based on Spatial Transferring State Matrix: A Case Study of Six Typical Areas of Chinese Inbound Tourism[J]. SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA, 2011 , 31(5) : 620 -626 . DOI: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2011.05.620


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