Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 76 ›› Issue (6): 1504-1520.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202106013

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A theoretical research and prospect of tourism destination evolution based on a glocalization perspective

LU Lin1(), ZHANG Qingyuan1,2, HUANG Jianfeng1, REN Yisheng3   

  1. 1. School of Geography and Tourism, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241003, Anhui, China
    2. School of Geography Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China
    3. School of Economics and Management, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241003, Anhui, China
  • Received:2020-04-28 Revised:2021-03-13 Online:2021-06-25 Published:2021-08-25
  • Supported by:
    Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China(41930644)


With the rapid development of urbanization and national economy in China, tourism is becoming an important factor and momentum of social and economic development. Tourism constantly reconstructs the spatial form of China's tourist destinations and surrounding regions, and promotes the connection between global and local forces in the space of tourist destinations. Tourist destinations are a special regional spatial system. Globalization and localization are important forces to promote tourist destination evolution, which have dialectical and unified logical relationships. Existing studies on tourism destination evolution have paid little attention to the important paradigms of modern Western human geography, such as structuralism. Based on the holistic research perspective of glocalization, this paper constructs a conceptual framework and makes research prospects, aiming at providing theoretical basis and practical paths for the follow-up study of tourism destination evolution. The research concludes that the theory of glocalization has a good applicability in the study of tourism destination evolution, which provides a theoretical foundation for tourism destination evolution based on the external structure and internal mechanism. The process and mechanism of tourism destination evolution are related to various aspects of social and economic development in China according to the theory of global localization, which broadens the research thinking of the traditional proposition of tourism destination evolution. From the perspective of glocalization, the spatial pattern research of multi-scale, multi-region and multi-type is a specific way to examine the tourist destination evolution, and it provides a practical scheme for the systematic study of tourist destination evolution in China. Tourist destination evolution in the glocalization perspective corresponds to the spatial and temporal evolution of man-land relationship in China, and provides ideas for the transformation and innovation of the research paradigm of tourism geography in China.

Key words: glocalization, tourism destination, evolution, scale, structuralism