Hong Kong is a well-established tourism destination which has experienced a rapid and sustained growth in visitor arrivals from the mainland. In 2003, Chinese mainland visitors totalled 8.7 million. By 2014 this had increased to 47.2 million, comprising 77 per cent of all tourist arrivals (Source: Hong Kong Tourist Board).
The rapid increase in visitor arrivals from the mainland has created tensions between hosts and guests and there is concern that without some mitigating actions, then the welcoming reputation of Hong Kong as a tourism destination might be damaged. The well-known phenomena of a destination's carry capacity is a current issue. Despite the measurable and significant economic benefits from mainland visitor expenditure, little has been done to measure the social impacts of this trend.
As Hong Kong absorbs a rapidly growing number of mainland visitors, there is growing concern about the long-term sustainability of tourism from the residents' perspective. Few studies have focused on the social sustainability of tourism, particularly related to its measurement. This seminar will describe the development of a valid and reliable Scale of Social Sustainability (SSS) for tourism that assesses social sustainability in a destination setting, and suggests how such a scale might inform tourism policy-making.
The Tourism Policy Research Group public seminars are free and offer a unique opportunity to meet colleagues, share experiences and ideas, and network on various themes affecting tourism research and practice within and outside the UK. To book a place contact Gulizar Karaca.