Sustainable tourism or tourism sustainability? the case of transportation planning in eastern Taiwan

Chen Wei Chao, Fong Yeu Shyr

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Abstract

The restriction of geographic characteristics resulted in difficulties relating to industry development. The development of tourism industry will be main trend for eastern Taiwan in the future. Evidence from studies suggested that the development of transportation infrastructures has significant positive consequences on tourism activities. However, the rapid growth of tourism industries consequently brings negative impacts on nature, societies, and cultures. The construction of Su-Hua Highway is always a controversial issue in Taiwan. Supporters of the construction indicated that the highway would bring Hualien economic prosperity, social stability, and employment; while opposition groups have questioned the necessity of the highway, claiming that highway construction goes against plans for sustainable development of the Taiwan east coast. Considering mass tourism as a reality of our contemporary life that cannot be neglected by current efforts to endorse sustainable tourism, this paper draws attention to the definition of "sustainable". Aiming to facilitate a constructive debate on the matter, the article presents a few of the most important arguments that underscore the potential for Hualen in promoting sustainable tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable and Sustainable Energy
Pages3587-3590
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event2011 International Conference on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, ICEESD 2011 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 2011 Oct 212011 Oct 23

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
Volume347-353
ISSN (Print)1022-6680

Other

Other2011 International Conference on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, ICEESD 2011
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period11-10-2111-10-23

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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