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Sustainability 2014, 6(4), 2320-2337; doi:10.3390/su6042320

Simulation and Prediction of Decarbonated Development in Tourist Attractions Associated with Low-carbon Economy

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College of Management Science, Chengdu University of Technology, No.3, Dongsan Road, Erxian Bridge, Chengdu 610059, China
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Business School, Sichuan University, No.24 South Section 1, Yihuan Road, Chengdu 610065, China
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Management Bureau of Jiuzhai Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Zhang Zha Zhen, Aba Zhou 623402, China
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Received: 29 January 2014 / Revised: 8 April 2014 / Accepted: 9 April 2014 / Published: 21 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

In the field of tourism, the development of tourist attractions is gradually playing a crucial role in tourism economy, regional economy and national economy. While tourism economy is stimulated by growing demand, tourist attractions have been facing the situation that ecological environment is becoming fragile and environmental protection is increasingly difficult in China. As low-carbon economy is highlighted more than ever before, how to develop green economy, how to apply theories and technologies, which are related to low-carbon economy, to push forward decarbonation, to protect the ecological environment, and to boost the development of tourism economy have become the core problems for the sustainable development of tourist attractions system. In addition, this system has drawn the attention of scholars and practitioners in recent years. On the basis of low-carbon economy, this paper tries to define the decarbonated development goals and the connotation of tourist attractions system. In addition, it also discusses system structure associated with system dynamics and system engineering, and constructs system simulation model. In the end, a case study is conducted, that is, to predict the development trend of Jiuzhai Valley by adopting the constructed system so as to extend the previous research on low-carbon tourism and to guide the decarbonated development in tourist attractions.
Keywords: tourist attractions system; decarbonated development; system dynamics; Jiuzhai Valley tourist attractions system; decarbonated development; system dynamics; Jiuzhai Valley
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Luo, Y.; Jin, M.; Ren, P.; Liao, Z.; Zhu, Z. Simulation and Prediction of Decarbonated Development in Tourist Attractions Associated with Low-carbon Economy. Sustainability 2014, 6, 2320-2337.

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