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Developing China’s Hainan into an International Tourism Destination How Far Can This Go?

Developing China’s Hainan into an International Tourism Destination How Far Can This Go?

East Asia 28(2): 85-113

The Chinese central government has identified tourism as an important means of stimulating domestic consumption and transforming China s economic development pattern from investment and export-driven to consumption-led. According to the government s new plan released in 29, development of Hainan as an International Tourism Destination has been upgraded to a national strategy. By critically discussing the western theories on the policy-making process, this paper intends to adopt the case study of Hainan to specifically analyze its state-initiated plan for regional tourism development. Hainan is the only province in China to clearly be identified by the government for the development of its tourism into a mainstay industry. It is intended to become a test zone for China s tourism reform and innovation and take a lead in development of tourism and associated industries. The government believes that the tourism sector is a key means of boosting regional economic development and reducing regional disparities between Hainan and the prosperous eastern provinces. Nevertheless, Hainan still faces serious obstacles to its goal of becoming a top Asia Pacific holiday destination. A lack of skilled personnel, backward transport network and poor service standards in tourism and hospitality are persistent and pressing issues. The plan for developing Hainan into an international tourism destination is unlikely to become a reality in the near future.

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DOI: 10.1007/s12140-011-9143-2

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