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Sustainability 2014, 6(12), 8980-9006; doi:10.3390/su6128980

An Entropy-Perspective Study on the Sustainable Development Potential of Tourism Destination Ecosystem in Dunhuang, China

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College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
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Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS), Trier University of Applied Science, Birkenfeld 55761, Germany
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School of Resources and Environment, Ningxia University, Yinchuan 750000, China
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Received: 31 August 2014 / Revised: 25 November 2014 / Accepted: 27 November 2014 / Published: 5 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in China: Bridging Global Knowledge with Local Action)
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Abstract

This paper analyzed the characteristic of the tourism destination ecosystem from perspective of entropy in Dunhuang City. Given these circumstances, an evaluation index system that considers the potential of sustainable development was formed based on dissipative structure and entropy change for the tourism destination ecosystem. The sustainable development potential evaluation model for tourism destination ecosystem was built up based on information entropy. Then, we analyzed each indicator impact for the sustainable development potential and proposed some measures for the tourism destination ecosystem. The conclusions include: (a) the requirements of Dunhuang tourism destination ecosystem on the natural ecosystem continuously grew between 2000 and 2012; (b) The sustainable development potential of the Dunhuang tourism destination ecosystem was on an oscillation upward trend during the study period, which is dependent on government attention, and pollution problems were improved. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable tourism; tourism destination ecosystem; entropy change; entropy; China sustainable tourism; tourism destination ecosystem; entropy change; entropy; China
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Feng, H.; Chen, X.; Heck, P.; Miao, H. An Entropy-Perspective Study on the Sustainable Development Potential of Tourism Destination Ecosystem in Dunhuang, China. Sustainability 2014, 6, 8980-9006.

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