Tourism migrant workers: The internal integration from urban to rural destinations

Jiuxia Sun, Ling Ling, Zhuowei (Joy) Huang

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This article examines the unique phenomenon of tourism migrant workers (TMWs) who move from developed urban areas to less-developed rural destinations in China. It investigates the four dynamic dimensions of TMWs' integration process: economic adaptation, social integration, cultural acceptance and psychological integration. Three inhibiting factors of the integration process are identified from the socio-cultural context of Chinese society: TMWs' own social network, urban-rural differences, and sojourner mentality. This research was conducted in three stages and used both qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine TWMs' integration process from the perspectives of TMWs and local residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102972
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Internal integration
  • Mixed-methods
  • Rural destinations
  • Tourism migrant workers (TMWs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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