Special Issue "Reframing Sustainable Tourism"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Stephen F. McCool
Department of Society and Conservation, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 59812, USA
E-Mail: steve.mccool@cfc.umt.edu
Phone: +1 406 243 5406
Fax: +1 406 243 6656
Interests: management of tourism and visitation in protected areas; new paradigms of planning; public engagement processes

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

In the 25 years since the notion of sustainable tourism emerged from global discourse about environmental impact of tourism, poverty alleviation and quality of life, many advances in understanding and application have occurred. While these advances have encouraged “kinder, gentler” forms of tourism, enhanced economic opportunity and provided many people with a better life, important questions about the purpose of tourism, its role in human life and its efficacy in solving complex problems remain. Tourism is but one component of the complex social-ecological system in which we live and our expectations about its potential may be unrealistic. Or, those expectations may be appropriate but the very notion of what sustainability means within the context of tourism is no longer suitable for 21st century demands. In this special issue of Sustainability, we will explore new paradigms of sustainable tourism. We encourage authors to submit both review and original research articles that search for ways to reframe the notion of sustainable tourism within a world challenged by changing climate, driven by rising expectations for more equitable distribution of income, underlain by the spread of democracy at all scales, and concerned about the delivery of needed services from an increasingly stressed ecosystem.

Prof. Dr. Stephen F. McCool
Guest Editor


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  • sustainable tourism
  • responsible tourism
  • planning paradigms
  • benefit-sharing

Published Papers (5 papers)

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Sustainability 2014, 6(5), 2538-2561; doi:10.3390/su6052538
Received: 1 December 2013; in revised form: 19 April 2014 / Accepted: 21 April 2014 / Published: 30 April 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(4), 2379-2391; doi:10.3390/su6042379
Received: 17 February 2014; in revised form: 8 April 2014 / Accepted: 14 April 2014 / Published: 23 April 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(2), 1093-1106; doi:10.3390/su6021093
Received: 1 December 2013; in revised form: 13 February 2014 / Accepted: 17 February 2014 / Published: 21 February 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(1), 1-17; doi:10.3390/su6010001
Received: 6 November 2013; in revised form: 5 December 2013 / Accepted: 6 December 2013 / Published: 19 December 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(11), 4594-4613; doi:10.3390/su5114594
Received: 29 July 2013; in revised form: 24 August 2013 / Accepted: 30 September 2013 / Published: 29 October 2013
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Last update: 10 May 2013

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