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A systematic review of China's outbound tourism research
Rob Law1; Sunny Sun1; Davis Ka Chio Fong2; Lawrence Hoc Nang Fong2; Hui Fu3
2016-12-12
Source PublicationInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
ABS Journal Level3
ISSN0959-6119
Volume28Issue:12Pages:2654-2674
Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to identify the changes of researched destinations along with the Approved Destination Status scheme to investigate the development of research problems, and to track the changes of research topics in the context of the development of China’s outbound tourism. The research methods and applied theories are also identified and analyzed.

Design/methodology/approach – Three large databases, namely, ScienceDirect, EBSCOhost and Google Scholar, were selected to search for published articles (i.e. 107 empirical articles and 15 review/ policy articles) related to China’s outbound tourism. Thereafter, the retrieved articles were categorized and analyzed. Finally, a theoretical framework was provided for future studies on China’s outbound tourism.

Findings – The major findings indicated that the main topics related to China’s outbound tourism included market segmentation, travel motivation and travel behavior. One or two theories are generally applied to investigate a certain topic. The most common research methods are interviews and a questionnaire survey.

Research limitations/implications – Future studies are suggested to apply more theories to investigate one topic. A single theory can also be applied to investigate different topics. Adopting different and innovative research methods, such as online interaction observation, can also be considered.

Originality/value – This study contributes to the literature through an in-depth qualitative assessment of China’s outbound tourism literature, comparing researched destinations with the Approved Destination Status policies, and reviewing articles based on research.

KeywordChina Systematic Review Approved Destination Status Outbound Tourism
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-06-2015-0323
Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaSocial Sciences - Other Topics ; Business & Economics
WOS SubjectHospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism ; Management
WOS IDWOS:000392142700002
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Business Administration
DEPARTMENT OF INTEGRATED RESORT AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT
Affiliation1.School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
2.Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau, Macau, China
3.Sun Yat-sen Business School, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
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Rob Law,Sunny Sun,Davis Ka Chio Fong,et al. A systematic review of China's outbound tourism research[J]. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management,2016,28(12):2654-2674.
APA Rob Law,Sunny Sun,Davis Ka Chio Fong,Lawrence Hoc Nang Fong,&Hui Fu.(2016).A systematic review of China's outbound tourism research.International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management,28(12),2654-2674.
MLA Rob Law,et al."A systematic review of China's outbound tourism research".International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management 28.12(2016):2654-2674.
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