Family, Children, and Tourism in China

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This edited volume explores various issues in family tourism studies and complements the dramatic development of this market segment in China. The book concentrates on family and children tourism, and through its chapters, hopes to enrich the landscape of family tourism in academia.

The family market in tourism has received increasing attention over past decades. Yet academic endeavors in this area remain somewhat lacking in depth and scope. In addition to imbalanced contributions from authors of diverse backgrounds, the extant literature suffers from insufficient inclusion of children. Relevant studies are largely limited to conventional tourism destinations such as beaches and cultural attractions. In response to growing academic interest in family tourism, this book is a compilation of eight chapters that attempt to push the scope and boundaries of existing research on family tourism.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of China Tourism Research.


Mimi Li is Associate Professor in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr Li is specialized in tourism marketing, tourist behavior, tourism planning, and China tourism related issues.

Xinran Y. Lehto is Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Purdue University. Dr Lehto is specialized in destination experience management and marketing consumer experiences and wellness in tourism issues.


Introduction: 40 Years of Family Tourism Research-Bibliometric Analysis and Remaining Issues Mimi Li, Xinran Y. Lehto and Huahua Li 1. The Grand Tour in the Twenty-first Century: Perspectives of Chinese Adolescents and Their Parents Zhuowei (Joy) Huang and Qian Li 2. Exploring the Influence of Family Holiday Travel on the Subjective Well-being of Chinese Adolescents Mingjie Gao, Mark E. Havitz and Luke R. Potwarka 3. The Constructions of Family Holidays in Young Middle-class Malaysian Chinese Children Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore and Mona Jihyun Yang 4. Spatial Memory Bias in Children Tourists Xiaoting Huang, Linlin Zhang and Lucie Ihnatoliova 5. What do Parents Look for in an Overseas Youth Summer Camp? Perspectives of Chinese Parents Xinran Y. Lehto, Xiaoxiao Fu, Ksenia Kirillova and Chen Bi 6. Vacation Travel, Marital Satisfaction, and Subjective Wellbeing: A Chinese Perspective Liping Cai, Saerom Wang and Yunzi Zhang 7. Is Airbnb a Good Choice for Family Travel? Pearl M. C. Lin

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