Special Issue "Sustainable Tourism,Geography and Spatial Planning"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Paula Remoaldo

Department of Geography, University of Minho, Guimar√£es, Portugal
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Interests: Tourism Geography; Cultural Tourism; Creative Tourism; Local and Regional Development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the publication of the book “Ecological Principles for Economic Development”, edited in 1973 by R.F. Dasmann, J.P. Milton, and P.H. Freeman, sustainable tourism practices have gained great relevance (Lopes et al., 2016). The 1990s was the decade where sustainable tourism processes began to be implemented, and that was linked, mainly, to connecting tourism development, community participation, and environmental conservation. In this context, geographers and other social scientists have been committed to developing strategies that are able to connect these three components in a successful way. Nevertheless, this continues to be hard to achieve. Why is a sustainable solution is so hard to achieve? Is it because politics do not address tourism development following holistic approaches? Is it because they go on not listening to the communities and not implicating them in their planning strategies the way they should? Is it because environmental conservation continues to be the less relevant dimension taken into account? Is it because it is not easy to establish networks and commit several stakeholders to them? Or is it because they do not look to the territories as systems where both the local and the regional matter and, instead, are just concerned with a particular local destination? What about the role played by technologies like Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Webmapping, Augmented Reality, and others? Are they contributing to achieving more sustainable tourist development strategies? What has been their role in tourism in the last decades?

This Special Issue provides a forum to discuss the potential contribution of several actors (politiciens, thecnicians, local community, tourists, and the business sector) to establish more sustainable tourism strategies in singular territories. Conceptual approaches and empirical ones, with special regard to case studies from different countries and regions, will be accepeted. Less successful and successful cases will be equally considered.

Prof. Paula Remoaldo
Guest Editor

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  • Conceptual approach to sustainable tourism
  • The role of Geography in sustainable tourism
  • Geographical characteristics and sustainable tourism
  • Regional and local sustainable tourism development
  • Residents participation in tourism development strategies
  • The role of politicians in sustainable tourism strategies
  • The role of tourists in sustainable tourism strategies
  • Contribution of networking to sustainable tourism strategies
  • Local and regional policies for sustainable tourism
  • The role of GIS in the development of sustainable tourism
  • The role of spatial planning in sustainable tourism
  • The role of digital technics in the development of sustainable tourism strategies
  • Case studies at local, regional, and international scales

Published Papers

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