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Sustainable Heritage Tourism

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Tourism, Culture, and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 17 November 2024 | Viewed by 1250

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Department of Economy Management and Territory, University of Foggia, 71122 Foggia, Italy
Interests: sustainability in higher education; lifecycle assessment; sustainable mobility; agro-food; energy; water; waste; accessibility in protected natural areas
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Department of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Mediations, University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Italy
Interests: cultural geography; geography of tourism; geography of perception; historical geography; geography of explorations; didactic of geography; political geography; geography of landscape; urban and region geography; valorisation of cultural and territorial heritage; accessible and sustainable tourism

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Department of Economics, Management and Territory, University of Foggia, Via A. da Zara, 11 71022 Foggia, Italy
Interests: lifecycle assessment; sustainability; agro-food; sustainable mobility; energy; water; waste
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

In the context of tourism promotion, sustainability is now a fundamental dimension for both the management and enhancement of cultural and territorial heritage. The fundamental objective of this Special Issue is therefore to present tourism or rather “tourisms” as practices and tools for accessing and enjoying tangible and intangible heritage, in particular with regard to respect for the environment in which these activities take place. At the same time, the aim is also to underline the negative effects deriving from its environmental impact, due to tourist overcrowding, the cultural appropriation by tourists of the places visited and their consequent loss of authenticity, so much so as to often arouse opposition from local communities to the development of tourism activities. Often, forms of tourism that do not respect the limits imposed by the nature of the places lead to permanent damage to the natural environment. Aiming for tourism that is more respectful of cultural heritage and the environment in general, based on the awareness that sustainability is a necessity, is a responsibility and at the same time an opportunity for growth for the entire tourism industry and for current and future generations, who must be taught a transversal model of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) that allows us to build a more sustainable world in the future through responsible individual and collective choices.

This Special Issue therefore intends to collect a series of proposals from scholars who can offer proposals for implementing more environmentally friendly forms of tourism.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Giulio Mario Mario Cappelletti
Prof. Dr. Dino Gavinelli
Dr. Carlo Russo
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Keywords

  • sustainability
  • sustainable tourism
  • cultural heritage
  • cultural geography
  • geography of tourism
  • authenticity of places
  • sense of places

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Exploring Non-Linear and Synergistic Effects of Street Environment on the Spirit of Place in Historic Districts: Using Multi-Source Data and XGBoost
by Shuxiao Ma, Wei Huang, Nana Cui, Zhaoyang Cai, Yan Xu and Yue Qiao
Sustainability 2024, 16(12), 5182; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16125182 - 18 Jun 2024
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The fragmented remodeling of historic districts undermines the spirit of place. Understanding the intricate relationship between the neighborhood environment and the spirit of place is essential for sustainable urban development. Current research predominantly relies on case studies and the concept of place, which [...] Read more.
The fragmented remodeling of historic districts undermines the spirit of place. Understanding the intricate relationship between the neighborhood environment and the spirit of place is essential for sustainable urban development. Current research predominantly relies on case studies and the concept of place, which are subjective and lack specific analysis of how the neighborhood environment shapes the spirit of place. In this study, we examine Chuancheng Street in Handan City as a case study. Utilizing the eXtreme Gradient Boosting (XGBoost) model and multi-source data, combined with SHapley Additive exPlanation (SHAP) and Partial Dependence Plots (PDP), we analyze the non-linear and synergistic effects of the street environment on the spirit of place in historic districts. The findings reveal that (1) the proportion of enduring sociability (PES) on the street significantly shapes the spirit of place, with cultural space elements being less prioritized in perception; (2) PES, green vision index (GVI), Integration_800 m, and mixed land use (MLU) have pronounced non-linear impacts on the spirit of place, with strong threshold effects, and these factors also demonstrate a synergistic effect; (3) There are notable spatial variations in the spirit of place across different blocks, particularly influenced by the authenticity of cultural heritage. This study provides fundamental insights into the spirit of place in historic neighborhoods, enabling a better understanding of complex urban dynamics and informing future street regeneration from a place perspective. Full article
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Research on the Educational Tourism Development of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Suitability, Spatial Pattern, and Obstacle Factor
by Lin Meng, Fengjuan Yan, Qi Fang and Wentao Si
Sustainability 2024, 16(11), 4647; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16114647 - 30 May 2024
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Combining the Intangible Cultural Heritage and sustainable development has been an important effort of UNESCO since the new century. This study discusses the suitability of educational tourism development of intangible cultural heritage. On the one hand, it was beneficial to improve the comprehensive [...] Read more.
Combining the Intangible Cultural Heritage and sustainable development has been an important effort of UNESCO since the new century. This study discusses the suitability of educational tourism development of intangible cultural heritage. On the one hand, it was beneficial to improve the comprehensive quality of students; on the other hand, it was conducive to protecting and rationally developing the cultural heritage and avoiding its loss. In this study, an evaluation index system was established according to the analytic hierarchy process, which included two aspects (i.e., intrinsic value and extrinsic conditions) and 16 indices from four criterion layers (e.g., educational value, recreational value, environmental conditions, and relevant facilities and services). Furthermore, we calculated the development suitability and spatial distribution patterns of intangible cultural heritage for educational tourism. At the same time, using the obstacle degree model, the obstacle degrees of each indicator factor were screened and identified to explore the source of obstacles that restrict the suitability of educational tourism development of ICH. Results showed that: (1) The development suitability of intangible cultural heritage for educational tourism was divided into high suitability, middle suitability, and low suitability. A total of 186 intangible cultural heritages were found in Shandong Province, China. Among these intangible cultural heritages, 60 of 186 (32.26%) were low suitability, with values ranging from 0.326 to 0.460; 86 of 186 (46.24%) were middle suitability, with values of 0.460–0.543, and 40 of 186 (21.50%) were high suitability with a range of 0.543–0.689. (2) The spatial distribution patterns of suitability showed that the development suitability of intangible cultural heritage for educational tourism in Shandong Province exhibited a significantly positive spatial correlation that projects with similar suitability levels were clustered into a group and generally distributed with a direction of “southwest to the northeast”. (3) According to the diagnostic results of obstacle factor analysis, from the perspective of the first level indicator, the obstacle degree of the intrinsic value (A1) of the three levels of suitability of ICH was the highest. Among the second-level indicators, educational value (B1) has always been the biggest obstacle factor affecting the educational tourism of ICH, and the relevance of cultural content (C2), representativeness and typicality of the phenomenon (C3), applicability of teaching cases (C4), and uniqueness or rarity (C5) were the greatest among the three suitability factors. Full article
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