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Special Issue "Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Tourism"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability of Culture and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Lisa Ruhanen

Associate Professor in Tourism, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia
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Interests: sustainable tourism; destination planning and governance; responsible tourism and ethics; indigenous tourism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Present-day discussions of ‘sustainable tourism’ should arguably be influenced by a post-sustainability paradigm. This paradigm shift can be attributed in part to the macro complexities of issues such as climate change, environment and habitat destruction, loss of flora and fauna species, erosion of cultures and lifestyles, and millions of people still living in poverty. In a tourism context, we would like to say that these macro challenges are being redressed to some extent through the long talked about contribution tourists can make to environmental protection or improved socio-economic opportunities in developing parts of the world. We are still yet to see considerable changes in personal ethics that influence behaviour, neither towards the environment or humanity more broadly. We are also yet to see widespread evidence of changing business ethics or legitimate examples of corporate responsibility in the private sector either.

This Special Issue seeks critical and contemporary discussions of sustainable tourism in this post-sustainability paradigm. Papers that critically reflect on the challenges of the broader macro complexities from both demand and supply side perspectives are welcome. This Special Issue also seeks to understand the opportunities of sustainable tourism. For instance, what opportunities do we have to better position the next generation of tourism leaders, government policy makers and business leaders? How do our tourism graduates harness the opportunities offered by the billion plus travellers annually moving around the world to more genuinely benefits people and the environment?

Dr. Lisa Ruhanen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Sustainable tourism
  • Climate change
  • Environmental change
  • Tourist behavior
  • Ethics
  • Demand and supply side
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Higher education graduates

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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