Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2014, Vol. 69 ›› Issue (2): 268-277.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201402010

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Study on control of tourism commercialization in historic town and village

BAO Jigang, LIN Minhui   

  1. Centre for Tourism Planning & Research, School of Tourism, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
  • Received:2013-05-18 Revised:2013-10-31 Online:2014-02-20 Published:2014-02-20
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41171111

Abstract: This paper analyzes the current commercial status quo in the tourist historic village of Xidi in China by using first-hand data. It compares the number and distribution of business in main streets in Xidi historic village among 2002, 2008 and 2009, and finds that Xidi's tourism commercialization is well controlled. A comparison with the present use of the historic buildings in the main streets in Xidi, Lijiang and Zhouzhuang also shows that Xidi's tourism commercialization is more gentle than that of the other two historic towns. In order to find out the inner logic of tourism commercialization in historic villages, this paper also uses the qualitative method to review the stakeholders' attitudes and actions in the process of tourism commercialization in Xidi historic village. It announces that tourism commercialization can be well controlled by government's forward-looking interventions, and that the local government plays a critical role in the process of controlling the tourism commercialization. Finally, it indicates that the government has the biggest power and the greatest motivation to control commercialization among all of the stakeholders.

Key words: historic village, stakeholder, government intervention, Xidi, control of tourism commercialization