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Sustainability 2017, 9(2), 226; doi:10.3390/su9020226

Implementation of Sustainable Tourism in the German Alps: A Case Study

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Department for Tourism and Hospitality Management, Singidunum University, Danijelova 32, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
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Tourism Chair/Center for Entrepreneurship, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Pater-Philipp-Jeningen-Platz 2, 85072 Eichstätt, Germany
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Academic Editors: Riccardo Beltramo, Pietro Beritelli, Pierre Torrente, Gabriela Tigu and Stefano Duglio
Received: 17 December 2016 / Revised: 22 January 2017 / Accepted: 1 February 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Tourism in Mountain Regions)
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Abstract

What are the processes behind efforts for more sustainable mountain destinations in the German Alps and what are the views of different tourism stakeholders on these processes? The research deals both with threats pushing the agenda of sustainable development (such as climate change and depletion of resources), indicators of sustainable tourism (to measure the scope of change), as well as cross-border cooperation and stakeholder engagement in the German Alps. The data was collected through 30 interviews with individuals dealing with tourism development and sustainable tourism development in the German Alps. The findings suggest that a holistic approach and collection and dissemination of data and knowledge on sustainability are the basis for developing sustainable mountain tourism. Implementation and monitoring should focus on specific flagship sustainable tourism products, as well as on a destination in a broader sense and the sustainable tourism market. Three themes emerged as important for implementation of sustainable tourism in the German Alps: indicators of sustainable tourism, cross-border cooperation and stakeholder engagement. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; mountain tourism; destination planning; regional development; climate change; resources; stakeholders; cross-border cooperation sustainability; mountain tourism; destination planning; regional development; climate change; resources; stakeholders; cross-border cooperation
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Paunović, I.; Jovanović, V. Implementation of Sustainable Tourism in the German Alps: A Case Study. Sustainability 2017, 9, 226.

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