Honggang Xu

Honggang Xu
Sun Yat-Sen University | SYSU · School of Tourism Management (STM)

Ph.d

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Soft, commercial outdoor adventure tourism allows mass novice tourists to play through artificial interventions that manufacture risk and keep safeguards. From the perspective of reversal theory, this paper explores how to balance novice adventure tourists' risk perception and protective frame through designs of play forms to reach the optimal play...
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Mobility plays a crucial role in constructing gender. This study provides empirical evidence of this by focusing on both the embodied and situational agencies of women to explore gendered mobilities in cycling tourism. Interviews and observations were used to collect data in Hainan, China. This study found that the bodily practice of cycling allows...
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Foodscape conceptualizes the dynamic human–food–place nexus. Tourism provides a cross-cultural context where tourists can consume different destination foods and places, during which multiple types of destination foodscapes are produced. However, few studies explore how to frame the types and connotations of destination foodscape. Tourists’ travelo...
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As an emergent tourism sector, driving tourism connects car use and touristic activities intimately. Following the notion of the 'inhabited car' , this article explores how and why Chinese tourists inhabit a travelling car for drivers/passengers in the leisure auto-mobility and driving tourism context. Through three different road trips and 'mobile...
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This study integrates Lefebvre's theory of space production with the local border perspective as a theoretical basis to analyze the dynamic impacts of tourism development on changes to space, identity, and social relations in a destination and its surrounding community. Taking China's Hongcun Village, a bordered UNESCO cultural World Heritage Site,...
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Tourism standards are critical to standardizing the development of the tourism industry. Tourist attractions, being the core of tourism products, have a variety of characteristics and individualities. It is however, difficult to standardize different types of tourist attractions according to the same tourism standards. Such standardization is also...
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Border is often used as a way to define a tourism scenic area and enable a management potential. However, both its development as well as its impacts in the tourism context remains under-researched. Through linking the (im)mobilities of residents, tourists and materiality with borders, the nature of border and its impacts on local communities can b...
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Online food delivery service has developed rapidly and expanded the boundaries of the catering industry. Being a food delivery rider in the gig economy attracts workers with the premises of flexibility and freedom. However, existing studies based on labor process theory revealed that freedom is fictitious. The study sheds light on how the individua...
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Tour guides undertake multiple roles and may face role conflicts when interacting with tourists. A framework of impression management based on dramaturgical theory provides an insight into the inner mechanisms behind how tour guides deal with multiple role dilemmas. This situation is examined in interactions between local Chinese tour guides and Ch...
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Traveling in nature inevitably requires the use of technologies and facilities. These technologies enable tourists to get access to nature and experience nature in a variety of ways, but they also affect how tourists are engaged with nature. The infrastructure and technologies can fundamentally change the relationship between tourists and nature, l...
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Human–wildlife conflict is a barrier to achieving sustainable biodiversity conservation and community development in protected areas. Tourism is often regarded as a tool to mitigate such conflict. However, existing studies have mainly adopted a socio-economic perspective to examine the benefits of tourism for communities, neglecting the ecological...
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Health-driven seasonal tourism has become a new way of providing for the aged, which demonstrates a profound relationship between place and health. Therapeutic landscapes strongly suggest a causal relationship between health tourism destination and individual health. However, the quantitative validation of such relationship re- mains neglected and...
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Anti-corruption has garnered increasing attention, especially in China, where President Xi launched an influential and far-reaching anti-corruption campaign in late 2012. A better understanding of the effects of anti-corruption efforts on the hotel sector can reveal insights into the development of the Chinese hotel industry. Based on the quarterly...
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Anti-corruption has garnered increasing attention, especially in China, where President Xi launched an influential and far-reaching anti-corruption campaign in late 2012. A better understanding of the effects of anti-corruption efforts on the hotel sector can reveal insights into the development of the Chinese hotel industry. Based on the quarterly...
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Internal branding is considered as a top priority for hospitality organizations to gain a competitive advantage. This study aims to investigate the effect of self-leadership on internal branding outcomes, as well as the mediation effect of role identity on this relationship. A self-administered survey was used to collect data from employees at five...
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A healthy diet is vital to sustaining tourist mobility. In cross-cultural mobility, tourists must face strange local eating environments in tourism place and the complex health problems that these environments may cause. Existing research on tourist food consumption and health mainly addresses health from a biomedical perspective by emphasizing foo...
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Mobility as a primary feature of our society nowadays requires a new perspective on our changing lifestyles and its impact on human wellness. The study extends the scope of the Job Demand-Resource Model which offers a way of thinking about how job characteristics influence employees' health and well-being, to examine business travelers' well-being...
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Business travel as a form of work-related mobility has been an integrated part of working life in the global economy, generating great impact on individuals. Although prior studies address some relevant health consequences, there is a lack of research considering multiple dimensions of health or providing a deeper contextual analysis. Drawing on th...
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The moral issues related to dark tourism, which commercializes death and disaster, have aroused heated academic debate. This paper adopts an analytical framework that explores the moral gaze of tourists in the context of commercialized dark tourism in the time and space dimensions. The findings show that different orientations to the past or presen...
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This study examines the effect of celebrity endorsement on destination brand love, as well as the mediating effect of parasocial interaction, across two different groups: previous visitors and potential tourists. Hong Kong was selected as the destination, and Guangzhou was chosen as the research site to collect data. Direct, indirect, and total eff...
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This study explores the evolution and, in particular, the renewal of a declined craft cluster with a 1000-year history of ceramic production in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China. Attention is drawn to the role of materiality of craft production and mobilities of creative craftsmen in cluster evolution. The paper finds that the embedded materials,...
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This paper explores how travel constraints influence seniors' travel decision. By including social support for travel as a moderator in the hierarchical constraint model, we examined the effects of travel constraints, social support, and negotiation strategies on seniors' travel intentions. Face‐to‐face questionnaire interviews were conducted with...
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Purpose Scientific knowledge is usually regarded as the basis for the management of natural environment and wildlife in ecotourism. However, recently, social construction approaches challenge the domination of natural science. This study aims to examine the effectiveness of the social construction paradigm in ecotourism management, through conducti...
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In nature-based tourism, the aesthetic experience is the core element, and contributes to tourist loyalty, but there is still a surprising paucity of empirical research specifically related to aesthetic experiences. An ‘aesthetic experience’ is used in this paper to refer to a subjective process in which individuals are sensually stimulated by aest...
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Cultural worldview (CW) refers to people's underlying general attitudes such as basic beliefs and perceptions of a culture. The cultural experience (CE) in tourism is multi-dimensional, but little research has paid attention to the relationship between CW and CE in cultural tourism, especially with regard to nature sites. This paper explores the sc...
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This study focused on the stigmatisation of an emerging wellness tourism destination due to patient travel for tourism. The concept of spatial stigma was adopted to explore how local residents perceive, experience and manage the particular negative effects of wellness tourism. The study investigated Bama Yao Autonomous County, colloquially known as...
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This article considers the three modes of signification of images (i.e. designative, appraisive, and prescriptive) to understand incongruences between different image formation agents. Quantitative and qualitative techniques were used to compare texts (208,348 words) and pictures (4,990) from four sources (DMO, agencies, guides, and blogs) of image...
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Both the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) and the health belief model (HBM) are important theories to analyse health-related behaviours; however, few studies have combined these theories to explore health risk issues in the tourism context. This paper explores the relationships underlying travelers' health beliefs, attitudes, self-efficacy, preven...
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The residents of a destination play an important role in shaping a strong brand for that destination. However, little research has been done on how and why residents show discretionary behaviors to promote the effectiveness of their brand. This study applies the novel concept of residents' ‘place citizenship behavior’ to advance this research area....
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Tourism development in rural China today brings both opportunities and challenges for local communities. To thrive or even adapt in this new and rapidly changing environment, communities need to be resilient in order to maintain successful livelihoods. This paper examines the core issue in this dynamic coping process. After a substantial literature...
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Emerging working tourists have become a new form of mobility pattern that blurs the boundaries between work and tourism, and challenges the previous studies on tourists. There is a growing trend in the international studies on working tourists, however these studies do not explain the phenomenon of combining work and tourism. This paper employs the...
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Following ethical contextualism, this article situates different animal ethical principles, from anthropocentrism to non‐anthropocentrism and relational caring ethics, in Thai social contexts in order to examine whether these principles can lead to a sustainable ethical practice in elephant conservation. The results show that, as non‐anthropocentri...
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Encouraging mitigation behaviour at the personal level is vital to address the issue of global climate change. However, despite numerous climate change communication campaigns, a large percentage of people still feel reluctant to engage in mitigation behaviours. In this paper, we reconsidered the gap between people's objective knowledge on climate...
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Uncertainty and disturbance from the external world challenge the sustainable development of cities. With the rise of tourism and global economic change, tourism and urban development have become intertwined. This study develops a macro–micro hierarchical resilience measurement model for tourism city from a resident perception-based perspective. Us...
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The sheer richness of cultural heritage (CH), as shown in the quantity, diversity, and different levels of quality of its elements, challenges people who try to grasp it. This paper develops a tripartite framework to obtain a holistic and structural understanding of CH elements of a tourism site based on their positions in cultural heritage, touris...
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This study uses border theory to explore how lifestyle hospitality and tourism entrepreneurs manage their work-life balance. This research utilizes in-depth interviews and observations from Dali and Lijiang, China. Three types of findings emerged. First, for lifestyle entrepreneurs, work and personal life are not divided; business is considered a s...
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With the increase in personal mobility and improvements in living standards, seasonal mobility for health reasons is a well-observed phenomenon among retired people worldwide. Existing studies have shown that there are relationships between seasonal retirement mobility and wellbeing, and this study attempts to explore the effects of gender on these...
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Bicycles are now gradually losing their attraction for utilitarian use, but in recent years, cycling for tourism and recreation has gained in popularity. However, the experiences and well-being involved in cycling tourism from a theoretical perspective have received little attention. This article intends to explore the relationships between cycling...
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While there has been a plethora of research on community participation in tourism, most has relied upon a single survey or other form of data acquisition that lacks a dynamic component. Therefore, there is a need for longitudinal research to examine any changes in that participation. This article explores the evolution of participation in tourism i...
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With China leading since 2012 global outbound travel, this paper introduces a Systemic Model for Chinese Outbound Market exemplifying with Mexico’s Case study, the seventh most visited country worldwide. Seeking to contribute increasing the applications of VSM, deepening its understanding and relevance stating proper functions integration to face C...
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This paper follows the call for a “mobility turn” in the social sciences and attempts to understand the relationship between the annual Spring Festival homecoming and wellbeing by focusing on student mobility. Sixteen students are selected; their movements for two weeks around the Spring Festival are tracked, and their experiences are solicited in...
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This study analyzed 169 projects on tourism geography funded by the Youth Science Fund of the NSFC in order to understand the generational characteristics of research of young tourism geographers. The results are as follows: 1) the research topics are diversified, showing obvious interdisciplinary characteristics; 2) the research shows a cultural t...
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This study investigates tourists' cultural tastes in food by applying the sociological theory of cultural distinction and omnivorousness. The consumption of food by Chinese tourists in their travels across Spain is analyzed, with the fieldwork being conducted in Spain. Semi-structured interview was used to collect data about tourists' food tastes....
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Bicycles have been useful transportation tools for many years, and have recently become more popular in terms of leisure and health. Increasingly, people choose regular cycling activities as a means of becoming healthier and happier. However, the relationships between why people choose to cycle, what benefits they get from bicycle-based leisure act...
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This study explores how lifestyle tourism entrepreneurs manage the shift between their daily roles as entrepreneurs and tourists. Based on data collected through in-depth interviews and observations, the study produces a number of major findings. First, tourism lifestyle entrepreneurs seek to balance their personal life roles as tourists and entrep...
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Compared to official sports mega events, grassroots sports events are attractive to participants because of their universality, accessibility, and casual nature. Taking the Shenzhen 100 km Hikathon as an example, this study investigates the effect of grassroots sports events on sustainable development in migrant cities through residents’ perception...
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Long-distance collective walking is a popular activity in cities across China. However, related research is limited, creating a research gap to explore participants’ dynamic experience and related influential factors. Therapeutic mobilities theory explores the relationships among walking, health, and well-being from a qualitative perspective. Based...
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This article has sought to contribute to the study of home in tourism studies by conceptualising how Chinese seasonal tourists to Sanya make sense of their own practices of home in doing health-related tourism mobilities. Qualitative research was conducted with 43 retired ‘snowbirds’ over three years in Sanya. It is found that the interplay of both...
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This introductory essay clarifies the tendency of gender and tourism development in China. The study of tourism and gender in China is still immature, especially as it just focuses on the positive effects of tourism development on female roles through the statistics of three Chinese periodicals. We therefore argue that it is necessary to raise awar...
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Many studies on the lives of female workers have shown the roles and statuses of women are influenced by their workplaces, which can be relatively gendered, such that female workers are confronted with various job challenges and have to come up with their own gender strategies to survive. However, these studies mainly focus on formal workplaces whe...
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Lifestyle-oriented motivation (LOM) is the reason that the owners of many small enterprises start and operate businesses in the tourism industry. Using a sample of guesthouses in historic Chinese towns, this study examines how LOM affects these small businesses’ corporate social responsibility (CSR), performance, and owners’ intentions to sustain o...
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Seasonal retired migrants have increased rapidly in developing countries in recent years. This article adopts a relational perspective to understand the relationships between older people's seasonal mobility and well-being. It shows that the complex spatiotemporal dynamics of seasonal mobility and the non-western sociocultural context influence old...
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This study investigates the sustainability of food heritage in the modern world. The city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province has quickly changed to become a large metropolis within 40 years after China’s opening policy. Using Guangzhou’s Yumcha heritage as the case, we propose that Yumcha restaurants’ resilience has enhanced Yumcha heritage sustain...
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Local food as a tourism attraction has been well recognized and studied by many tourism scholars. However, the phenomenon that tourists prefer food other than local food has not gotten much attention. This article attempts to explore how the eating habits of tourists can hinder their consumption of local food by studying the food consumption behavi...
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The existing research on therapeutic landscapes reveals more positive and pleasant experiences generated in blue and green spaces and their effects on health. This study draws on a case study of sand therapy at Turpan City in China in order to explore in the 'yellow' space of the desert how painful embodied experiences and cultural beliefs are asse...
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Geographic diversification is an important strategy for tourism firms to expand and grow. Taking a sample of Chinese listed tourism companies from the period 2008 to 2014, this study investigates the influences of local institutional environments on firms’ geographic diversification decisions. First, the findings show the significant positive impac...
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A boom in Chinese outbound tourism representing a much welcome boost to the economy of other countries has drawn global attention. Drawing upon the concept of soft power, this study explores how China use outbound tourism as an exercise of soft power, what achievements are related to this, and looks at the challenge and dilemmas that are related to...
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The scarcity of well-located land is becoming an important concern for business operations around the world. This study sheds lights on the mechanisms of land speculation by explaining how Chinese businesses’ investment in hotels leads to real estate appreciation and firms’ market value increase. This study proposes that hotel investment not only h...
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This paper aims to examine the extent to which economic values for protection of internationally significant environmental and cultural resources are influenced by social desirability across geopolitical boundaries. Valuation results were examined using discrete choice models across three samples from Korea, China and Japan. The impact of social de...
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This study investigated the two main dimensions of small tourism enterprises' (STEs') community social responsibility and their impact on firms' objective and subjective performance. It also explored the moderating effects of STE owners' demographics on the relationships between the two community social responsibility dimensions and firm performanc...
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Corporate philanthropy (CP) is receiving increased attention, especially in transitional countries, such as China. Focusing on Chinese tourism attraction companies that operate on public tourism resources and have close relationships with their surrounding communities, this study investigates the factors driving firms’ CP behaviour from a community...
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This study examined the literary tourism phenomena at Yueyang Tower in China using a multi-method approach. The concept of moral gaze emerged from the analysis of a combination of data about touristic provision and experience at this site and relevant Chinese traditions. The moral gaze can be seen as a general way of thinking, feeling and acting th...
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Tourism’s impacts on ethnic cultures have received much attention, but few studies have been done on its impacts on nomadic people, especially for Kazakh nomads in China. Many Kazakh households are experiencing a transition from pastoralism to tourism, with yurt tourism being the popular Kazakh tourism products. This study takes Narat in China as a...
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With the rapid growth of global business and travel, many international hotel companies have expanded their operations to China. Effective staff strategy becomes a key issue when corporations face a paradox between their strategic mission in the global context and their daily operations in local environments. Through in-depth interviews with execut...
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Establishing gated scenic areas and charging entrance fees are the main forms of tourism development for Chinese ancient villages, and this can bring various consequences for local communities. This paper attempts to address this problem with the concept of border from political geography. Taking Hongcun, a typical ancient village and scenic area w...
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Diverse types of mobility have emerged in contemporary China, among which consumption-led ethnic retired migrants have received little academic attention. This study addresses the seasonal mobility of retired Tibetan migrants who previously had careers in governmental and public sectors in Tibet. After retirement, they purchase second-home apartmen...
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Underpinning the importance of place identity, this study investigates its role on residents’ attitude to dark tourism. Deploying a survey of post-disaster residents in a town in Southwest China, the current study indicates that place-based self-esteem and self-efficacy are salient in influencing residents’ perceptions of tourism impacts and suppor...
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The potential value of industrial heritage for developing tourism has attracted increasing attention worldwide. In China, there is an emerging trend of the reuse of industrial heritage sites to develop industrial heritage tourism as ‘creative parks’. Studies have found that over-commodification is occurring while protection of the historical and cu...
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Due to the rising demand for healthcare products and concern over environmental pollution, wellness tourism has been booming in China in recent years. The therapeutic landscape theory provides a multi-scale interpretation of wellness tourism to explore how wellness tourists achieve health in healing places. By presenting the results of 83 interview...
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Place-based identity theories prove to be valid in better understanding resident attitudes towards support for tourism. Yet, its effectiveness is not verified in the context of dark tourism and resident attitudes towards dark tourism remains unknown. Based on a survey of 526 local residents in China’s Yingxiu, the epicentre of the Great Wenchuan Ea...