Evaluation of Sustainable Tourism Development of the Hotel Industry in Hainan, China by Earth Check


The tourism industry has a higher dependence on natural and cultural resources and is more vulnerable to environmental impacts than any other industry. It faces a plethora of issues, risks, and opportunities related to sustainability and environmental change. The hotel industry is one of the most important parts of tourism. Three China Green certified hotels (the Guesthouse International Hotel Sanya, the Leaguen Resort Sanya Bay and the Boao Golden Coast Hot Spring Hotel) are being chosen as samples for our case studies. This paper introduces these three hotels, and then gives the results from the field investigation and the interviews conducted with hotel staff. Based on the data collected, this paper uses Earth Checkas, a sustainable development evaluation tool, to assess these three hotels. Through evaluating our results, we verify whether the China Green Hotel standard meets the international standard requirements of Earth Check. Meanwhile, with this inspection we determine whether Earth Check is suitable for application in the China hotel industry and the whole tourism industry. Through our research of these three hotels, we found that the Earth Check standard can be implemented in the hotel industry in China to help these hotels develop a sustainable hotel.

Share and Cite:

Song, H. and Zhang, Z. (2014) Evaluation of Sustainable Tourism Development of the Hotel Industry in Hainan, China by Earth Check. Open Access Library Journal, 1, 1-12. doi: 10.4236/oalib.1100854.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


[1] Poser, E.A. (2009) Setting Standards for Sustainable Tourism: An Analysis of US Tourism Certification Programs. Master’s Projects, The Nicholas School of the Environment of Duke University, Durham.
[2] Who Is Earth Check? (2012).
[3] Scott, J.A., Buckingham, T. and Watt, M. (2004) Travel and Tourism Industry Benchmarking Methodologies. Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism Research Report Series, Gold Coast.
[4] Han, J.-H. and Mills, J.E. (2006) Zero Acquaintance Benchmarking at Travel Destination Websites: What Is the First Impression That National Tourism Organizations Try to Make? International Journal of Tourism Research, 8, 405-483.
[5] Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment from Rio to Rio+20 (1992-2012), UNEP.
[6] Wikipedia (2012) Tourism in China.
[7] Earth Check Builds Presence in China. (2012).
[8] Earth Check Opens Office in Beijing. (2012).
[9] There Are Five Tourist Attraction Rating Categories of China: A (or 1A, the Lowest Level), AA (2A), AAA (3A), AAAA (4A) and AAAAA (5A, the Highest Level), 2011. (2011) Government Annual Report of Hainan Province, 2, 34-83.
[10] Welcome to the Guesthouse International Hotel Sanya. (2012)

Copyright © 2021 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.