TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2016, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (2): 253-259.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002815

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Development of Beach Nourishment and Beach Economy in the United States and Its Implications for China’s Coastal Tourism

REN Hang1,YANG Tian1,ZHANG Zhenke1,JIANG Daling1,REN Zepei1,XIE Li2   

  1. (1.The Key Laboratory of Coast and Island Development of Ministry of Education//Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies,Nanjing University,Nanjing 210093,China;2.School of Geography and Tourism,Guangdong University of Finance & Economics,Guangzhou 510320,China)
  • Online:2016-03-31 Published:2016-03-31

Abstract: According to the latest US beach economy and tourism research data, this paper analyzes the status, management system of beach nourishment, and its contribution to the economic growth of coastal tourism in United States. Also analyzes the difficulties which American coastal tourism are currently facing with. It shows that, as an important natural resource, sandy beach brought huge economic benefits to tourism development. However, the coastal tourism development in China has been facing with many problems such as increasing coastal erosion, beach pollution, inadequate investment in beach nourishment, tourism development undermine the public interests etc. Lastly, this paper discuss the future direction of China’s coastal tourism in the four following aspects, beach nourishment, beach development research and evaluation, government management and dynamic monitoring, on the base of comparing the US beach tourism development experience and the present coastal tourism situation in China.

Key words: beach nourishment, beach economy, coastal tourism, development suggestions, the United States