Resources Science ›› 2017, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (6): 1160-1170.doi: 10.18402/resci.2017.06.15

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Evaluation on leisure tourism in coastal wetlands in Liaoning Province based on travel cost interval analysis

Baodi SUN1,2(), Lijuan CUI1,2(), Wei LI1,2, Xiaoming KANG1,2, Manyin ZHANG1,2, Xu PAN1,2, Yunmei PING1,2   

  1. 1. Institute of Wetland Research,Chinese Academy of Forestry,Beijing 100091,China
    2. Beijing Key Laboratory of Wetland Services and Restoration,Beijing 100091,China
  • Received:2016-11-23 Revised:2017-02-05 Online:2017-06-20 Published:2017-06-20


Wetland leisure tourism refers to a series of recreational behaviors among residents,tourists and wetland landscape resources resulting in obvious economic,social and ecological benefits. Coastal wetlands have relatively unique functions in bird watching,ornamental plants,natural estuary geomorphology and environmental education,so leisure tourism is an important function of coastal wetlands. The Travel Costs Interval Analysis (TCIA)is a popular value evaluation method widely applied in the tourist destination (resources)of leisure tourism value evaluation. Here,we look at six typical coastal wetlands (Honghaitan Wetland in Panjin,Linghekou Wetland in Jinzhou,Banhaibao Wetland in Dalian,Yalvjiang estuary Wetland in Dandong,Longwan Wetland in Huludao,Xipaotai Wetland in Yingkou)and used TCIA to evaluate the unit area value of leisure tourism of every coastal wetland (travel cost,travel time cost and consumer surplus). We multiplied each city's coastal wetland area to calculate the total leisure tourism value of coastal wetlands in Liaoning. We found that the value of leisure tourism of coastal wetlands in Liaoning was 20.184 billion CNY,among which,the value leisure tourism of coastal wetlands in the city of Dalian was 8.570 billion CNY,accounting for 42.46% of the total tourism value of all coastal wetlands. Dalian was followed by Panjin (2.903 billion CNY),Huludao (2.749 billion CNY),Yingkou (2.548 billion CNY)and Dandong (2.094 billion CNY). The value in Jinzhou was the lowest,accounting for only 6.54% (1.320 billion CNY)of total tourism value. These results can be used as an important basis for decisions on coastal wetland tourism resource development and environmental protection in Liaoning Province.

Key words: travel cost interval analysis, coastal wetlands, leisure tourism value, Liaoning Province