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Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 3160; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10093160

An Assessment of the Implementation of the European Tourism Indicator System for Sustainable Destinations in Italy

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Department of Economics and Business, University of Cagliari, Via Sant’Ignazio da Laconi, 70, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
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Department of Business Economics and Law-DiSEADE, University of Milano Bicocca, Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi, 8, 20126 Milano, Italy
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Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods, University of Milano-Bicocca, Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi, 8, 20126 Milano, Italy
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Received: 21 June 2018 / Revised: 25 August 2018 / Accepted: 27 August 2018 / Published: 4 September 2018
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The European Tourism Indicators System (ETIS) is a product of the European Union (EU) Sustainable Development Strategy, which was formulated with the objectives of promoting economic prosperity, social equity, cohesion, and environmental protection. In this paper, we present an analysis of the results of the implementation of the ETIS during the period 2013–2016, in the Italian tourist destination of South Sardinia. While the implementation of ETIS constitutes a significant advancement in Italy, and more widely in Europe, our findings reveal that an adaptive management approach is necessary for achieving the anticipated objectives and adapting these standardized indicators to different territorial contexts. Difficulties were encountered in both data collection and stakeholders’ involvement in the implementation process. Insufficient knowledge, and familiarity with the complex technical aspects of the indicator toolkit among primary stakeholders, was another constraint associated with its implementation. We believe that the findings of this analysis can provide guidelines and inputs for other European countries and tourist destinations that are currently in the process of implementing the ETIS toolkit or similar methodologies. In particular, the pioneering sustainable tourism performance measurement system (STPMS) can be adapted to meet local needs. View Full-Text
Keywords: tourist destination; sustainable tourism; indicators; European Tourism Indicator System (ETIS); Visit South Sardinia tourist destination; sustainable tourism; indicators; European Tourism Indicator System (ETIS); Visit South Sardinia
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Modica, P.; Capocchi, A.; Foroni, I.; Zenga, M. An Assessment of the Implementation of the European Tourism Indicator System for Sustainable Destinations in Italy. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3160.

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