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When We Talk About Sustainability, What Else We Can Talk About?

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by Echo Yu, Graduate Student, School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Echo Yu, Graduate Student School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Echo Yu, Graduate Student School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Stemming from ecotourism, sustainable tourism has been discussed for several decades in western countries. A variety of both empirical and conceptual studies related to this area can be found easily. However, for the Chinese tourism industry and its travelers, sustainability remains a new term and concept despite being a hot topic in recent years.

In comparison to a relatively long history of tourism development in western countries, China’s tourism industry only started booming in the recent one and a half decades. It is also true that environmental issues and social responsibility are typically the last issues being discussed; however, is it possible to inject sustainability at this early but rapidly-developing stage of Chinese tourism industry?

When we talk about sustainability, what else can we talk about?

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