Baodi Mao

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Doctor of Philosophy


The European political state system has spread throughout the world and has become the predominant geo-political organization. However, the recent partitioning of states have generated a type of abnormal political entities: partitioned states. These partitioned states have serious implications for tourism development. Despite the uncertainty created by political strife and subdivision, many people continue to travel between partitioned states. Economic necessity, religious obligations, family ties, political negotiations, and pleasure are all relevant motivations driving the movement of people between these partitioned states. However, there is a substantial lack of systematic research on the movement of tourists between divided partitioned states. Most research has been case specific, if tourism between partitioned states has been included at all. Consequently, the nature and patterns of this unique tourism movement have not been analyzed or presented.;This dissertation starts from an examination of the geo-political context of the partitioned state globally, proceeds by means of a case study, through a review of unique political and cultural boundary conditions, and evolutionary process of partitioned states. It argues that the tourist movement between partitioned states does not fit easily into any conventional tourism classification. In the light of comparisons to conventional tourism, general conceptual frameworks and models are developed to describe the nature, patterns, and typology of partitioned state tourism.;Partitioned state tourism in partitioned China is systematically investigated, using existing data sets and an independent sample specifically conducted for the research. A series of hypotheses are tested. It is concluded that partitioned state tourism is a unique tourism phenomenon which differs from conventional tourism in many aspects, including motivation, travel behaviour, expenditure, and temporal and spatial patterns. It is shown that partitioned state tourism has important and distinct economic impacts on PRC. This dissertation represents a first step towards understanding of partitioned state tourism, and its relationship with conventional tourism. It is clear from the nature of the findings and contributions of the dissertation that further research on partitioned state tourism is needed. At a broad level, theory and models must continue to be developed and tested. Special attention must be given to the mechanism of the development of partitioned state tourism and its impacts on the improvement of bilateral relationships.



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