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Special Issue "Sustainable Tourism in Sensitive Environments: Mountains, Islands, Coastal and Polar Regions"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Harold Richins

Faculty of Adventure Culinary Arts and Tourism, Thompson Rivers University, 805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8, Canada
Interests: sustainable tourism; community and destination development; coastal tourism and decision making; special interest tourism management (mountain tourism, ecotourism, adventure tourism, cultural tourism, sport tourism); tourism in developing countries; tourism and hospitality innovation, marketing and small business

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of this Special Issue is to show progress regarding current research and literature in the distinctive theme of sustainable tourism in sensitive environments. In particular, this Special Issue of the peer-reviewed international journal Sustainability aspires to expand the discussion and scholarship on the range of viewpoints, trends, approaches, cases, success factors, impacts, challenges, models and/or frameworks of relevance to tourism in sensitive regions affected by tourism.

The challenges and successes in the growth and development of tourism in sensitive regions of the world are perhaps of utmost importance to sustainable practices and future outcomes within these locals. A high diversity of interest in tourism development and sustainability within sensitive areas, both academically, as well as in more applied contexts is due, in part to: the growing diversity and interests of international travellers to visit sensitive tourism regions and destinations, the challenges within sensitive geographic areas of relevance to climate change, changing lifestyles creating further interest in regional and community development, and the increased variety of activities and offerings to both visitors and residents in distinctive and critically sensitive regions of the Earth. This Special Issue aims to explore further sustainable tourism practices, outcomes and success factors within sensitive areas in an interdisciplinary and multi-sectorial fashion. Potential areas of focus of relevance to mountains, islands, coastal, polar and other sensitive regions may include, but not be limited to the following within the context of sustainable tourism:

  • challenges and opportunities in sensitive areas regarding tourism development
  • experience based tourism in sensitive regions
  • mountain tourism
  • polar tourism
  • special interest and adventure tourism in sensitive areas
  • tourism and seasonality
  • tourism in developing countries
  • communities impacting or affected by tourism in sensitive areas
  • approaches to development and planning in sensitive tourism areas
  • climate change and tourism in sensitive regions
  • coastal tourism in less developed areas
  • island tourism in sensitive areas
  • community based tourism in sensitive areas (e.g., developing countries, remote areas)
  • merging of arts, culture, events and tourism
  • resort, hotel and destination development in sensitive areas
  • tourism in world heritage areas
  • innovation and futures thinking of tourism in sensitive areas
  • tourism products and customer experiences in sensitive regions
  • indigenous tourism
  • amenity migration and development in sensitive areas
  • community governance and decision-making models in sensitive areas
  • historic aspects of tourism in sensitive areas

Regional and international case studies, original research, theoretical frameworks and other relevant illustrations of the significance, importance of sustainable tourism in sensitive areas will be considered for this Special Issue. This may be provided through scholarly or professional synthesis and review, applicable theoretical models, case studies of relevance, systematic evaluation of specific issues, and/or through theoretically informed empirical qualitative or quantitative investigation.

Prof. Dr. Harold Richins
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.


  • challenges and opportunities in sensitive areas regarding sustainable tourism
  • sustainable mountain tourism
  • coastal tourism in less developed areas
  • tourism products and customer experiences in sensitive regions
  • community based tourism in sensitive areas (e.g., developing countries, remote areas)
  • polar sustainable tourism
  • approaches to development and planning in sensitive tourism areas
  • island tourism in sensitive areas

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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