Special Issue "Geotourism"
A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018)
Prof. Rannveig Ólafsdóttir
In past years, international tourist arrivals seem to be hitting a new record, every year, which is likely to continue in the near future. Increased numbers of airlines, and subsequently increased competition, have reduced travel costs and made travel to places that were previously difficult to reach more easily accessible. Thus, many places that depict special geological heritage and history are, today, more accessible than ever, and subsequently attract more visitors looking for new experiences and exotic destinations.
Within the field of tourism, geotourism is one of the most recent concepts, primarily focusing on geological and geomorphological features in landscapes to attract tourists. This new niche segment within tourism is based on conservation of geoheritage and geodiversity through appropriate sustainability measures and management. Geotourism is, however, a broad concept, including many aspects of tourism activities, such as transport, accommodation, services, recreation, planning, and management. Emphasizing the fast growth of geotourism worldwide is the growth of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network, from 20 geoparks when it was founded in 2004, up to 127 in 2017. Concurrent with the growth of geotourism, scientific publications on issues related to the subject have increased intensely over the past few years. However, the major focus on geotourism as an economic driver is generally with respect to rural development.
Geotourism is expected to continue to grow rapidly worldwide, stressing the critical importance of increased understanding and knowledge on its various impacts from a broader perspective. The concept of geotourism covers the theories and practicalities involved in managing geologically-precious attractions. Therefore, more integrated studies from different disciplines related to geology, geography, geomorphology and tourism are needed. The topic of geotourism is, thus, well worth the concentrated attention of a Special Issue. In putting together this Special Issue, we are particularly interested in understanding how geotourism has evolved over time; future challenges of geotourism; geoconservation management; sustainable management of geotourism; geotourism spatial planning and design; tourism impact at different types of geological sites; geotourism in relation to geological hazards and geomorphological changes; geotourism and public perception; geotourists as a market niche; and geotourist behaviour.
Prof. Rannveig Ólafsdóttir
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- geotourism spatial planning
- sustainable geotourism management
- geotourists behaviour