Accepted Paper:

On the challenges and opportunities of developing tourism in China's remote western area under the impact of globalization  

Authors:

Zhiyong Yang (Sichuan University,Chengdu,China)
Kailian Luo (Director)
Shouzuo Yang
Ding Yang (The faculty of art and manufacture,Sichuan University,Chengdu)

Paper short abstract:

Under the impact of globalization and urbanization,besides the infrastructure construction,the "interior" or "indigenous" enculturation should be drawn more attention for sustainable development of tourism,which can motivate the locals in the romote area as the major practitioners and profit gainer.

Paper long abstract:

As much attention has been drawn to ethnic tourism for the poverty alleviation and economy development in the remote western area in China, it is necessary to gain a fuller understanding of the advantages of those area as far as "resources" is concern. Under the impact of globalization and urbanization, besides the infrastructure construction,the "interior" or "indigenous" enculturation should be drawn more attention for sustainable development of tourism, which can motivate the locals in the remote area as the major practitioners and profit gainer. On the other hand, this paper suggests that the tourism in remote area should be contain more cultural connotation. Such as tourism in Yi area cannot be simply labeled with activities such as drinking or carnival,which can further marginalize and label the group. While emphasizing cooperative tourism development, policy-makers and other participants need to take precautions against monopolism in tourism market.Because this monopolism become a severe barrier for indigenously-encultured elites and practitioners who deserve both economic and social capital for the credit of their own culture. Facing to the homogenization of global tourism, especially in big cities, traditional indigenous life in remote areas attracts more and more international visitors. Tourism in those area even can be considered as National and regional image. Nowadays, tourism can show us Globalization and localization are not always contradictory when we respect each other and the nature by holding some global, rational and similar sense of worth. Tourism in remote area is also a balance and supplement for the global market.

Panel WIM-CHAT06
Globalization of tourism in remote areas [IUAES-Tourism]