Special Issue "Sustainable Tourism: Issues, Debates and Challenges"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2010)
Dr. Stefan Gössling (Website)
Western Norway Research Institute, Postboks 163, 6851 Sogndal, Norway & Linnaeus University School of Business and Economics, Kalmar, Sweden
Interests: all aspects of sustainable tourism; in particular tourism and climate change; tourism and development; mobility studies; mitigation; climate policy and carbon trading
Dr. Michael C. Hall (Website)
Department of Management, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand & Docent, Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Interests: environmental history; tourism and regional development; social marketing; environmental change and sustainable consumption
Sustainable Tourism is high on the agenda of tourists, tourism organizations and many tourism companies, which often have declared their willingness to move towards sustainability. While some companies and individuals have moved considerably in adjusting their behaviours to become more environmentally, economically and socially responsible, it however appears
clear that the tourism system as a whole is becoming less sustainable, both because of its overall rapid growth and of what has been called "veneer environmentalism" or "greenwash", i.e. the unwillingness to change travel behaviour (tourists) or to engage in operational and business behavioural changes that are more fundamental, i.e. going beyond measures that are profitable because of resource savings, branding benefits or improved customer relations (private and public components of tourism industry).
As sustainable tourism development has in many senses come to a stand-still within the overall systemic framework of contemporary economic behaviour and its underlying rationale of growth and financial return to a narrowly defined set of stakeholders, as well as an increasingly intensive energy- and resource demand, there is a need for a critical review of the challenges for sustainability in tourism, particularly in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. We encourage submission of articles critically discussing the implications of the growth paradigm in tourism; ecological economic approaches to sustainable tourism; psychology and consumer behaviour in tourism; the effectiveness of codes of conduct in sustainable tourism including the new focus on climate change mitigation; supply and value chain studies of sustainable tourism; corporate responsibility and CSR; tourism and appropriate development; comparative analyses of sustainable tourism development between countries and destinations; and the new geography of tourism under climate change mitigation scenarios.
Dr. Stefan Gössling
Dr. Michael C. Hall
- sustainable tourism
- tourism emissions
- tourism impacts
- environmental change
- ecological economics
- sustainable consumption