Exploration of Poverty Alleviation Based on Ecotourism in Minority Areas of Yunnan Province

Gao Suwei, Zhou Changchun

Ekoloji, 2018, Issue 106, Pages: 1105-1113, Article No: e106083

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Abstract

The exploitation and utilization of Yunnan’s unique natural and cultural resources has made the tourism industry of Yunnan achieve substantial development; however, Yunnan province is the province with the largest poverty area and the highest poverty rate in China. Its poverty degree is very deep, especially the national poverty of minority nationality, which is the important reason that restricts the development of Yunnan. Mountainous areas, ethnic minorities, border areas, poverty, rich and unique tourism resources are basically overlapped in Yunnan. Therefore, Yunnan should take developing tourism as an important strategic choice for poverty alleviation. Based on the theoretical and practical results of sustainable tourism and ecotourism at home and abroad, the favorable factors for the development of ecotourism in Yunnan are analyzed. It is pointed out that ecotourism is an effective way for sustainable development of tourism in Yunnan, which has positive economic, ecological and social benefits. In a word, it should guide the development of ecotourism in Yunnan with a comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable scientific view of development, and take it as an important strategic choice of poverty alleviation in Yunnan.

Keywords

Yunnan, ecotourism, sustainable development, poverty alleviation

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