Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2017, Vol. 8 ›› Issue (5): 449-459.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2017.05.002

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A Review of Green Development in the Tourism Industry

TANG Chengcai, ZHENG Qianqian, QIN Nana, SUN Yan, WANG Shushu, FENG Ling   

  1. School of Tourism Management, Beijing International Studies University, Beijing 100024, China
  • Received:2017-05-04 Online:2017-09-30 Published:2017-09-27
  • Contact: TANG Chengcai, E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China (41301161 and 41671527), Project of Top-notch Young Higher Level Teaching Team Building Support Plan in Beijing Municipal Universities in 2017(CIT&TCD201704067)

Abstract: Green development has become an important concept and an effective way to sustainably develop the tourism industry. Studying tourism green development promotes the construction of regional ecological civilizations and sustainable development. We systematically reviewed research on green development in the tourism industry and divided this body of work it into two stages: a germination exploration stage under the concept of sustainable development; and initial development under the green development concept. In addition, some important green development research methods, conceptualization and connotation of green development, an index system of green development evaluation to measure efficiency and influencing factors, green development models, and regulations and standards of enterprise green development countermeasures are discussed. This review affirms China’s positive exploration and reference meaning to developing countries, and finds that the majority of research is qualitative; quantitative analyses are limited and a relevant theoretical system has not yet formed. Future research should deepen the content, enrich research methods and construct a theoretical system.

Key words: ecotourism, green development, green tourism, sustainable development, tourism industry