The Institutional Sustainability in Protected Area Tourism-Case Studies of Jiuzhaigou National Scenic Area, China and New Forest National Park, United Kingdom

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Authors: Xu, F., Fox, D., Zhang, J. and Cheng, S.

Journal: Journal of China Tourism Research

Volume: 10

Issue: 2

Pages: 121-141

eISSN: 1938-8179

ISSN: 1938-8160

DOI: 10.1080/19388160.2013.849641

This article considers sustainable tourism development in two protected areas, Jiuzhaigou National Scenic Area in China and the New Forest National Park in the United Kingdom. An inductive approach is used to explore the "fourth component" of sustainable tourism development that is institutional sustainability. Primary data from in-depth interviews, together with a range of secondary data sources, are analyzed to understand the governance and management of each area. These reveal that whilst each area is committed to sustainable development, their approaches differ because of the political, economic, and socio-cultural contexts. The implications for policy and practice are then discussed. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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