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China and the New Silk Road

Challenges and Impacts on the Regional and Local Level

  • Harald Pechlaner
  • Greta Erschbamer
  • Hannes Thees
  • Mirjam Gruber

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The New Silk Road—An Overview of the Global Project

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Greta Erschbamer, Harald Pechlaner, Mirjam Gruber, Hannes Thees
      Pages 3-14
    3. Dominic Sachsenmaier
      Pages 23-29
  3. A Global Phenomenon Explored Through Different Regional Views

  4. Different Viewpoints on Political, Socioeconomic, Cultural and Ecological Impacts of the New Silk Road

  5. Tourism Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165

About this book


This book studies the Chinese “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI), also called "New Silk Road", and focuses on its regional and local effects. Written by experts from various fields, it presents a range of case studies on the geopolitical, socio-economic, ecological and cultural implications of the BRI for European regions and their stakeholders.

The book is divided into four parts, the first of which discusses the history of and China’s motivations for the BRI. The second part explores the global phenomenon from a number of regional standpoints. In turn, the third part presents studies on the political, socio-economic, cultural and ecological implications of the New Silk Road project. The final part highlights the tourism prospects in connection with the Silk Road project, as tourism has established itself as an important economic sector in many regions along the historic Silk Road. This book will appeal to scholars of economics, international relations and tourism, decision-makers, managers, chambers of commerce and entrepreneurs with special interests in establishing collaboration with the Chinese market.


New Silk Road One Belt One Road Initiative China Regional and local development Tourism management along the New Silk Road Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research

Editors and affiliations

  • Harald Pechlaner
    • 1
  • Greta Erschbamer
    • 2
  • Hannes Thees
    • 3
  • Mirjam Gruber
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Advanced StudiesEurac ResearchBolzano-BozenItaly
  2. 2.Center for Advanced StudiesEurac ResearchBolzano-BozenItaly
  3. 3.Chair in Tourism/Center for EntrepreneurshipCatholic University of Eichstätt-IngolstadtEichstätt, BavariaGermany
  4. 4.Center for Advanced StudiesEurac ResearchBolzano-BozenItaly

About the editors

Harald Pechlaner is head of the Center for Advanced Studies at the European Academy of Bozen/Bozano (Eurac Research) in Italy; and a Professor and Department Chair of Tourism at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany. Since 2014 he has also been an Adjunct Research Professor at the School of Marketing/Curtin Business School in Perth/WA. His research chiefly focuses on destination development and leadership, location management and entrepreneurship in a global context. He is the author or (co‐) editor of more than 50 books and 150 research articles. Prof. Pechlaner is President of the AIEST (Association Internationale d’Experts Scientifiques du Tourisme) and a full member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Greta Erschbamer is a researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research in Italy. She holds a Master of Science in Tourism and Regional Planning from the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Germany and a Master of Strategic Tourism Management from SKEMA Business School in France. Her current research focuses on tourism governance, digitalization and design studies.

Hannes Thees is a doctoral candidate and research associate at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Department of Tourism and Center for Entrepreneurship. He completed a double Master’s degree in Tourism and Regional Planning at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and the University of Oulu in September 2016. In addition to practical working experience in tour operation and destination management, his main fields of research are the sharing economy, destination governance, technological development in tourism and regional cooperation. Since 2017 Hannes Thees has been engaged in research on the New Silk Road and the role of transit countries.

Mirjam Gruber is a researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research, Northern Italy. Her main fields of research include political demography, policy analysis, and interdisciplinary globalization studies and analysis.

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