Chinese Geographical Science ›› 2012, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (6): 755-764.

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Roles and Functions of Tourism Destinations in Tourism Region of South Anhui: A Tourist Flow Network Perspective

LIU Fajian1, 2, ZHANG Jinhe1, ZHANG Jie1, CHEN Dongdong3, LIU Zehua1, LU Song4   

  1. (1. School of Geographic Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; 2. School of Business, Anhui University, Hefei 230601, China; 3. Anhui Broadcasting Movie and Television College, Hefei 230011, China;
    4. College of Territorial Resources and Tourism, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241003, China)
  • Online:2012-11-05 Published:2013-02-28


Theoretic and practical significance has been highlighted in the research of the roles and functions of destinations, as destinations are restricted by the spatial structure based on tourist flow network from the perspective of relationship. This article conducted an empirical analysis for Tourism Region of South Anhui (TRSA) and revealed the necessity and feasibility of studying the roles and functions of destinations from tourist flow network′s perspective. The automorphic equivalence analysis and centrality analysis were used to classify 16 destinations in TRSA into six role types: tourist flow distribution center, hub of tourist flows, passageway destination, common touring destination, attached touring destination, and nearly isolated destination. Some suggestions were given on suitable infrastructure construction and destinations service designs according to their functions in network. This destination role positioning was based on tourist flow network structure in integral and macroscopic way. It provided an important reference for the balanced and harmonious development of all the destinations of TRSA. In addition, this article verified the applicability of social network analysis on tourist flow research in local scale, and expanded this method to destination role and function positioning.

Key words: tourist flow network, equivalence model, roles, functions, centrality analysis, Tourism Region of South Anhui