China’s first Tourism Law: representations of stakeholders’ responses

Wang, Wan-Fei, Chang, Yao, and Pearce, Philip L. (2018) China’s first Tourism Law: representations of stakeholders’ responses. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 16 (3). pp. 309-327.

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Abstract

The application of tourism laws to advance the well-being of stakeholders is of broad interest to many countries attempting to shape the rapid rise of the sector. In China, the first Tourism Law came into effect on 1 October 2013. The 112-article law includes various measures to address issues such as unfair competition. Adopting a social representations framework, this study investigates the perceived impacts of China’s new Law from the perspectives of eight groups of stakeholders. Data were collected from 152 articles published in the Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure. This material was used to access the commentaries and social representations of the impacts of the Law. A consistent array of positive and negative comments was uncovered using content analysis, justifying a view that a hegemonic representation exists across the groups. Additionally, and somewhat unexpectedly, it was discovered that the new Law is also a catalyst for further conflicts requiring additional management. Pursuing a social representations framework as a way of integrating stakeholder views was seen to be valuable for future studies in China and elsewhere.

Item ID: 58674
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1747-7654
Funders: China National Tourism Administration (CNTA)
Projects and Grants: CNTA project number WMYC20151097
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 00:19
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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