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Front. Sustain. Tour.
Sec. Cultural Heritage and Authenticity in Tourism
Volume 2 - 2023 | doi: 10.3389/frsut.2023.1299034
This article is part of the Research Topic Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Promotes Food System Transformation View all 4 articles

The Impact of Tourism Disturbance on the Resilience of Agricultural Heritage Site: Perspective of Community Farmers' Perception

Provisionally accepted
  • Tourism College, Beijing Union University, Beijing, China

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    Introduction: The conservation and development of agricultural heritage has attracted wide attention, and tourism as an effective approach to dynamic conservation and development of heritage sites has been recognized. However, inappropriate tourism development (e.g. exceeding bearing capacity of tourist destinations) is also a strong human disturbance activity for agricultural heritage, so exploring the interaction between tourism disturbance and community resilience is beneficial for strengthening the management of agricultural heritage sites. Methods: The study selects six communities (recognized as different stages of tourism development) in Honghe Hani Rice Terraced System (HHRTS), which located in Yuanyang County of Yunnan province in Southwestern China. Through questionnaires and in-depth interviews, it explores the influence of TD (e.g. covid-19 influences, tourism boom in holiday) on the resilience of the heritage site from the perspective of community farmers. Specifically, with the help of systems theory, viewing the community resilience (CR) and tourism disturbance (TD) of agricultural heritage sites as a holistic interactive system, and constructing an evaluation system for TD and community resilience. Combining the coupling coordination model and response model to explore the coupling coordination relationship and the response relationship between the CR and TD. Finally, using the grey correlation model explores the impact of TD on CR. Results: The results show that, TD and CR have a harmonious relationship at present stage, and tourism brings positive response and effect. The interaction is different in communities with different levels of tourism development. In communities with weak tourism development, CR is more affected by TD than other communities. The stability degree of response relationship between TD and CR tends to be stable gradually from weak, good and moderate tourism development. Discussion: The main contribution of this study is to explore the relationship between TD and CR in agricultural heritage sites from the perspective of community scale. It will provide a typical case for the conservation and development of agricultural heritage sites.

    Keywords: Tourism disturbance, Community resilience, Agricultural heritage, Farmer's perception, sustainable tourism

    Received: 23 Oct 2023; Accepted: 27 Dec 2023.

    Copyright: © 2023 Fu, Song and Sun. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

    * Correspondence: Yehong Sun, Tourism College, Beijing Union University, Beijing, China

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