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Ecological footprint of tourism consumption—A case study of Beijing foreign tourist arrivals

  • Center of Tourism Research and Planning,Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research,CAS,Beijing100101,China

Received date: 2003-08-07

  Revised date: 2003-10-27

  Online published: 2004-04-25


The ecological footprint had been considered as an important approach to measure re-gional sustainable development.From current reviews on ecological footprint,most of those mainly focused on the“static”consumption of the citizens living in certain region and neglected the influence of“dynamic”consumption caused by population flowing since it was introduced.The tourism activity is the largest scale population flowing between different regions in the world.The tourism consumption is a typical way of cross-region consumption.In this paper,the structure of tourism consumption ecological footprint is analyzed and the calculating model is also brought forward.Taking Beijing foreign tourist arrivals as a case,the ecological footprint of tourism consumption was evaluated.The results showed that tourism consumption ecological footprints of per capita foreign tourist arrivals is0.09587km 2 ,which accounts for5%of per capita current Beijing citizens’annual level.The tourism consumptions have a profound effect on the regional ecological footprint ,which is not only the leading factor of the regional ecological deficit,but also an important deviation of regional ecological footprint.Furthermore,probing into the ecological footprint structure of tourism consumption indicated that the“transport”energy consumption s account for98%,while“food”and“accommodation”energy consumptions only occupy2%.

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XI Jian-chao, GE Quan-sheng, CHENG Sheng-kui, LU Chun-xia . Ecological footprint of tourism consumption—A case study of Beijing foreign tourist arrivals[J]. JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES, 2004 , 19(2) : 224 -229 . DOI: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2004.02.013