China Targets Island Economies to Maintain Variety in face of Globalization

Published on : Saturday, November 9, 2013

ChinaThe statement jointly signed at the 17th Inter-Islands Tourism Policy Forum, in Haikou City, capital of south China’s Hainan Province. This statement aims to deepen cooperation between tourism-dependent island economies, has underlined the importance of retaining local characteristics in the face of globalization of the island tourism industry.

 

According to the statement “With the deepening impact of globalization, economies have become more integrated and dependent upon each other. Island economies have to explore ways to integrate into the world economy while retaining their own features when formulating economic development strategies and plans.”

By welcoming the benefits of globalization to spur local growth, tourism-dependent Island economies also face the risk of becoming homogenized, a trend that could possibly weaken their status as travel destinations, officials, and experts warned at the forum.

Director general at the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports of Okinawa in Japan, Seijun Wakugawa, said, “Globalization has brought more visitors to tourist destinations, but it also has prompted concerns that tourist resorts are becoming generic as their local characteristics are gradually lost.”

 

According to Song Rui, director of Tourism Research Center at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Hainan has taken a series of actions to protect the near-extinction of traditional artisan skills, such as the local weaving craft and woodcarving of the Li and Miao ethnic groups.

Global tourism has seen speedy growth in recent years. Statistics from the United Nations World Tourism Organization showed that there were about one billion international tourists worldwide in 2012, with their expenditures totaling 1.075 trillion U.S. dollars.

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