Assisting the poor in China through tourism development: A review of research

Benxiang Zeng, Chris Ryan

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The role of Pro-Poor Tourism has been increasingly studied in China since the 1990s. The research has addressed a broad range of key issues such as the implication of "fu pin lv you" (or TAP to use an English acronym arising from the translation 'Tourism-Assisting the Poor'), governmental roles, local participation and the contribution of rural, natural and cultural resources to TAP. However, there has been a lack of research in some areas such as in the micro-economics of TAP targeting local poor people, quantitative research, case studies and anthropological analysis. This paper reviews Chinese academic literature on pro-poor tourism to provide a clearer picture of current practice and progress in TAP policies and research in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-248
Number of pages10
JournalTourism Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


  • literature review
  • low income population
  • microeconomics
  • natural resource
  • policy development
  • poverty alleviation
  • quantitative analysis
  • tourism development
  • China

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