TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2016, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (5): 786-794.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002878

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Driving Forces of Rural Urbanization Led by Tourism Development: A Case Study of the Villages in Yuntai Mountain

MENG Kai   

  1. (School of Geography and Planning//Center for Tourism Planning & Research,Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou 510275,China)
  • Received:2016-03-23 Online:2016-09-05 Published:2016-09-05

Abstract: Besides industrialization, it has been proved that tourism can lead rural urbanization. Therefore, under the tourism development, the driving forces and relationship among the forces of rural urbanization need new exploration. This paper, quoting “country-market-society” as the triple framework to explain the driving forces of rural urbanization led by tourism, taking the villages in Yuntai Mountain as case place, and using qualitative methods including observation and interview, proves that behind the rural urbanization led by tourism, the triple framework of country-market-society has changed in subject, effect and role, that is mainly embodied in that the market force has changed from supply to demand, and society force from organization to individuals. Based on the case research, this paper summarizes the triple driving force of rural urbanization led by tourism: local government, demand market, and villager individuals. The framework of “local government-demand market-village individuals” can correct and replenish the framework of “country-market-society” effectively.

Key words: tourism development, rural urbanization, driving force, Yuntai Mountain