GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2004, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (1): 115-124.doi: 10.11821/yj2004010014

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Spatial characteristics of tourist flows in coast resorts: a case study of Sanya City

XUAN Guo-fu1,2, LU Lin2, WANG De-gen2, ZHANG Jin-he2, YANG Xiao-zhong2   

  1. 1. Department of Urban and Resources Sciences, Nanjing University,Nanjing 210093, China;
    2. Department of Geography, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241000, China
  • Received:2003-03-28 Revised:2003-08-23 Online:2004-02-15 Published:2004-02-15


Tourist flows are the results of the interaction between tourist destination between tourist destination and tourist origin.The spatial characteristic of tourist flows is one of the most important research fields of tourism geograpy.Domestic scholars of tourism geography have achieved some related research fruits,but there are few researches on the mathematic models of the spatial distribution of tourist markets and the spatial flows of tourist.Based on lots of on-the-spot investigations and surveys,this paper studies the spatial characteristics of tourist flow in Sanya City,which is a typical coast resorts.Firstly,the authors analyse the distribution of its domestic tourist origins and study its spatial use curve of tourist flows.It is found out that its tourist origins are widely distributed,and its spatial use curve of tourist flows is very complex,which is difficult to be explained by the curves of Basic Model,U Model,and Maxwell-Boltzman Model.There are huge fluctuations in the curve,and the trend of distance decay is not obvious.This question needs further discussion.Secondly,based on gravity model,they choose the factors of the urban population of tourist origin,the per disposable income of urban residents in tourist origins,and the price of plane tickets from the origin to Sanya City to construct a spatial potentiality model indicate that the disposable income of urban residents in tourist origins and the price of plane ticket have greater tourist market positioning and marketing of Sanya City,and the model has some value of reference to other destinations.Thirdly,the authors analyse the traveling spatial behavior of tourist in Sanya City,and they find that the Fly/Drive model is the main type,the airway corridor is of great significance to the expansion of the tourism markest of Sanya City.Finally,in order to increase the tourist flows in Sanya City,on the basis of the above conclusions,the authors suggest that an aviation fund should be established to cut down the price of plane ticket and make the threshold of tourist transportation lower.

Key words: tourist flows, spatial potentiality model, spatial behavior, Sanya City