Special Issue "Environmental Impacts of Tourism: Theoretical and Managerial Frameworks for Sustainable Tourism"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tsung Hung Lee

Graduate School of Leisure and Exercise Studies, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Touliu, Taiwan
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Interests: ecotourism; sustainable tourism; community-based tourism; aboriginal tourism; behavioral theoretical model; pro-environmental behavior; wildlife tourism; biodiversity
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Fen-Hauh Jan

Department of Tourism and Hospitality, TransWorld University, Touliu, Taiwan
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Interests: tourist’s behavior; environmentally responsible behavior; community-based tourism; sustainable tourism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Although tourism has economic benefits and directly supports the development of both local communities and nations, it also has critical environmental impacts, such as greenhouse gas emissions, which are associated with traveling, accommodations, and recreational activities.

The intentional and unintentional behaviors of tourists, such as picking flowers, collecting flora and fauna, disturbing habitats, and polluting, have damaged the ecosystems of many destinations. Tourism causes not only global warming but also environmental or ecological degradation. Accordingly, reducing the impact of tourism on the environment has become an important issue. A framework for assessing theoretical model and management strategies for sustainable tourism that includes interactions among tourism, biodiversity, and local residents and stakeholders is thus required.

This Special Issue will present a wide range of papers on the environmental impacts of tourism from the field of natural and social science. Papers that develop state-of-the-art methods for assessing the pro-environmental theoretical models of tourists, new frameworks for managerial implications, such as partnerships among residents and stakeholders, and methods for evaluating and monitoring environmental impacts with a view to promoting sustainable tourism, are all welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Tsung Hung Lee
Prof. Dr. Fen-Hauh Jan
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • biodiversity
  • environmental impacts
  • pro-environmental behavior
  • resident
  • tourist
  • sustainable tourism
  • sustainability

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Research

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Spatial Distributive Differences in Residents’ Perceptions of Tourism Impacts in Support for Sustainable Tourism Development—Lu-Kang Destination Case
Received: 8 January 2019 / Accepted: 16 January 2019 / Published: 18 January 2019
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Few empirical studies on the effect of tourism impacts on residents’ support for tourism development have linked an environmental justice perspective with sustainable tourism. This study aims to explore spatial distributive differences in residents’ perceptions of tourism impacts to understand their support for [...] Read more.
Few empirical studies on the effect of tourism impacts on residents’ support for tourism development have linked an environmental justice perspective with sustainable tourism. This study aims to explore spatial distributive differences in residents’ perceptions of tourism impacts to understand their support for sustainable tourism development. A total of 1057 residents of the Lu-Kang destination in Taiwan were surveyed using an on-site questionnaire. Employing the kernel density method and the local K function for spatial point analysis, the results indicated that spatial clustering of residents’ perceptions of both positive and negative tourism impacts occurred in the specific locations. Further, high household income, high education, and more personal benefits from tourism promoted the formation of localized spatial clusters where residents had positive perceptions of tourism impacts which, in turn, led to a high level of support for tourism development. Conversely, low income, low education, and less personal benefits from tourism cultivated the development of spatial clusters with negative perceptions of tourism impacts which, in turn, caused a low level of support for tourism development. The implications for sustainable tourism planning and strategies are discussed. Full article
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