Nature-Based Tourism in a City Destination: Balancing Planning with Sustainability

  • Tony S. M. Tse
  • Bruce Prideaux
  • Winnie K. L. Chui
Chapter
Part of the Perspectives on Asian Tourism book series (PAT)

Abstract

Hong Kong, like many large cities, has developed a substantial urban-focused tourism sector but has largely ignored the potential of its surrounding natural areas to contribute to its overall suite of tourism experiences. About 40% of Hong Kong has been designed as country parks and special areas. This chapter investigates the potential of Hong Kong to expand its portfolio of attractions to include nature-based experiences. A qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews was used to gather the views of the local stakeholders on the potential for developing nature-based tourism in Hong Kong. Participants were generally supportive but however raised a number of issues that needed to be addressed prior to further development of natural areas. Issues raised included the impact on the local community, the need for independent planning processes, and the concerns about potential negative impacts on the environment.

Keywords

Nature-based tourism Sustainability Community involvement Geopark Hong Kong 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony S. M. Tse
    • 1
  • Bruce Prideaux
    • 2
  • Winnie K. L. Chui
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Hotel and Tourism ManagementThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHung HomHong Kong
  2. 2.School of Business and LawCentral Queensland UniversityRockhamptonAustralia

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