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Researchers' Work from University of Waterloo Focuses on Tourism Research

June 3, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at China Weekly News -- Current study results on Tourism Research have been published. According to news reporting out of Waterloo, Canada, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "Community participation is crucial for successful heritage tourism and community development. Levels and ways of participation vary, depending on nature and context of heritage sites."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Waterloo, "This paper explores community participation in tourism at Mutianyu Great Wall, China. General positive perceptions toward World Heritage, tourism development and tourism impacts are held by different groups of the local community. Between-group differences indicate that local opinions are influenced by different levels of impacts from and participation in tourism. Community members receive benefits with minimal participation in decision making."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This study provokes reflections on community participation theory and management practices in the Chinese context."

For more information on this research see: Community Participation in Tourism at a World Heritage Site: Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing, China. International Journal of Tourism Research, 2014;16(2):146-156. International Journal of Tourism Research can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell -; International Journal of Tourism Research -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.M. Su, University of Waterloo, Fac Environm, Dept. of Geog & Environm Management, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, China, Canada, Travel, Ontario, Waterloo, Tourism Research, North and Central America

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Source: China Weekly News