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Atmosphere 2015, 6(2), 183-194; doi:10.3390/atmos6020183

National Assessment of Climate Resources for Tourism Seasonality in China Using the Tourism Climate Index

School of Tourism and City Management, Zhejiang Gongshang University, 18 Xuezheng Street, Hangzhou 310018, China
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Received: 17 November 2014 / Revised: 12 January 2015 / Accepted: 14 January 2015 / Published: 26 January 2015
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Abstract

Tourism is a very important industry, and it is deeply affected by climate. This article focuses on the role of climate in tourism seasonality and attempts to assess the impacts of climate resources on China’s tourism seasonality by using the Tourism Climate Index (TCI). Seasonal distribution maps of TCI scores indicate that the climates of most regions in China are comfortable for tourists during spring and autumn, while the climate conditions differ greatly in summer and winter, with “excellent”, “good”, “acceptable” and “unfavorable” existing almost by a latitudinal gradation. The number of good months throughout China varies from zero (the Tibetan Plateau area) to 10 (Yunnan Province), and most localities have five to eight good months. Moreover, all locations in China can be classified as winter peak, summer peak and bi-modal shoulder peak. The results will provide some useful information for tourist destinations, travel agencies, tourism authorities and tourists. View Full-Text
Keywords: tourism seasonality; climate resources; Tourism Climate Index; China tourism seasonality; climate resources; Tourism Climate Index; China
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Fang, Y.; Yin, J. National Assessment of Climate Resources for Tourism Seasonality in China Using the Tourism Climate Index. Atmosphere 2015, 6, 183-194.

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