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Special Issue "Tourism Planning and Sustainable Development"

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 October 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Peter M. Burns

Institute for Tourism Research, University of Bedfordshire, University Square, Luton LU1 3JU, UK
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Interests: sustainable tourism planning; community-driven tourism; tourism’s role in conservation; tourism’s role in human-wildlife conflict; climate change and tourism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tourism and planning sometimes make for an uncomfortable partnership. On the one hand are the demands of developers and tourism businesses for growth and development, whilst, on the other, community and third sector (NGOs/CSOs) might be fearful of socio-cultural and environmental damage in the rush for success. This tension between so-called stakeholder groups is heightened when taking direct account of planning for tourism in the context of sustainability.

Research into the tourism-planning-sustainability nexus may focus on a number of global, regional, and local issues. For example, how can bridges be built effectively between the conflicting views of stakeholders? What counts as successful planning? What theoretical advances have been made in planning that takes account of flexible, digital societies? How do marginalised groups such as those on the economic and social periphery of mainstream society fare when big changes are brought about? Tourism already impacts on human society, physical and social infrastructure, and the natural environment. However, further impacts from, and to tourism are a certainty in the light of changing environmental and socio-economic conditions. These conditions may include the role of tourism planning in conservation and, in relation to climate change, how can community-driven tourism help in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD and REDD+, in UN terminology).

This Special Issue aims to discuss various ways in which tourism may bring about positive changes to communities, ecological systems, and/or infrastructures from theoretical and/or planning perspectives. We invite you to contribute to this Special Issue by submitting systematic literature reviews, case studies, research articles, field reports from NGOs/CSOs directly engaging communities in planning, and research notes that focus on the interaction between planning, sustainability, conservation, and tourism. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications. Applications from early career researchers are particularly welcome.

Prof. Dr. Peter M. Burns
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sustainable tourism planning
  • community-led development
  • tourism development
  • sustainable tourism
  • tourism’s role in REDD
  • tourism and conservation
  • tourism and ecosystems
  • sustainable tourism and smart cities

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Open AccessArticle A Self-Evaluation System of Quality Planning for Tourist Attractions in Taiwan: An Integrated AHP-Delphi Approach from Career Professionals
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1751; doi:10.3390/su9101751
Received: 28 July 2017 / Revised: 19 September 2017 / Accepted: 25 September 2017 / Published: 28 September 2017
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This study seeks to identify a set of key indicators along with weightings for tourist attractions in Taiwan, and develop a quality management self-evaluation mechanism for tourism businesses, using an advanced integrated Analytic Hierarchy Process and Delphi (AHP-Delphi) approach derived from the supply
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This study seeks to identify a set of key indicators along with weightings for tourist attractions in Taiwan, and develop a quality management self-evaluation mechanism for tourism businesses, using an advanced integrated Analytic Hierarchy Process and Delphi (AHP-Delphi) approach derived from the supply side perspective. This research study comprises two phases: (1) Delphi method analysis that involves 17 experts, providing confirmation about the evaluation criteria; and (2) Analytical Hierarchical Process (AHP) method which aims to allocate weightings to the evaluation criteria from the experts. Findings from the Delphi method analysis revealed the acceptance of two dimensions, six sub-dimensions and 17 indicators as key evaluation criteria. The AHP method analysis indicated that the most significant dimension was managing quality, with tourism services and public sector facilities being the most important sub-dimension and indicator respectively. The self-evaluation mechanism proposed in this planning perspectives can assist tourism businesses and national/regional Destination Management Organization to identify quality management problems and possible ways of enhancing quality tourism, so that tourism experience, and tourist’s satisfaction can be further improved effectively between the conflicting views by career professionals. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Residents’ Attitude toward Tourism Development: A Sociocultural Perspective
Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1170; doi:10.3390/su9071170
Received: 27 April 2017 / Revised: 14 June 2017 / Accepted: 21 June 2017 / Published: 7 July 2017
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Host population support for tourism development has attracted the attention of researchers in tourism studies. Given the importance of understanding local community support for tourism development, limitations in understanding their priority and lack of a socio-cultural model of support for tourism, this study
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Host population support for tourism development has attracted the attention of researchers in tourism studies. Given the importance of understanding local community support for tourism development, limitations in understanding their priority and lack of a socio-cultural model of support for tourism, this study attempted to model locals’ support for tourism development based on socio-cultural factors in Malaysian Homestay program. Using extensive literature review, a tourism support model was proposed including several hypothesized paths. The proposed socio-cultural research framework predicted the impact of Islamic religiosity, locals’ knowledge about tourism, intrinsic motivation factors and community attachment on locals support for tourism development through mediating variables of perceived socio-cultural benefits and costs in Malaysian Homestays. , the model and paths were tested using structural equation modelling and partial least square algorithm (PLS-SEM) with the aid of SmartPLS software. Findings reveal that locals’ support for tourism development in Homestay program is a function of perceived socio-cultural benefits and costs perceived by local community and four independent variables of Islamic religiosity, knowledge about tourism, intrinsic motivations, and community attachment. Full article
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