Thirty years on forest tourism in China

Chen, Bixia and Nakama, Yuei, (2013). Thirty years on forest tourism in China. Journal of Forest Research, 18(4), 285-292

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    Author Chen, Bixia
    Nakama, Yuei
    Title Thirty years on forest tourism in China
    Appearing in Journal of Forest Research   Check publisher's open access policy
    Volume 18
    Issue No. 4
    Publication Date 2013-08
    Place of Publication Berlin, Heidelberg
    Publisher Springer Japan
    Start page 285
    End page 292
    Abstract The status quo of forest parks, including National Forest Parks (NFPs), and the problems they are facing in China are reviewed. A large amount of Chinese-language literature is not easily accessible to the international scientific community. Forest tourism started in 1982 with the establishment of Zhangjiajie NFP, the first designated NFP in China. Recently, both the number of forest tourists and the amount of revenue from the entry fee to the forest parks have increased by approximately 20 % each year. The sharp increase of forest tourism generates impressive revenues and improves the regional economy near the forest parks. The large number of forest visitors has placed much pressure on natural resources. Tourism facilities built inside the protected area pollute the water, and biological integrity has been deteriorating. Under the conditions of a lack of appropriate legislation and management by several organizations, forest tourism is in a dilemma about to how to develop in a way that is sustainable and which promotes the local economy.
    Keyword Ecotourism
    Environmental impact
    Forest park
    Literature review
    Nature-based tourism
    Copyright Holder The Japanese Forest Society and Springer
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 1341-6979
    DOI 10.1007/s10310-012-0365-y
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