Special Issue "Cultural Routes for Sustainable and Regenerative Development"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ángeles Rubio-Gil
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Department of Business Administration, URJC University of Madrid, 28032 Madrid, Spain
Interests: religion; cultural migratory movements; Turistic marketing; religion and culture
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Prof. Dr. Jesús Alberto Valero-Matas
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Department of Sociology, University of Valladolid, 34004 Palencia, Spain
Interests: regenerative development; immigration; sociology of science; youth
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Prof. Dr. Guillermo Vázquez-Vicente
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Applied Economics and History and Economic Institutions, at URJC University, Madrid 28032, Spain.
Interests: sustainable development; economic development; youth

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Cultural routes have very satisfactory properties. They help in the conservation and appreciation of places and their nostalgia, memory, and tradition (Murray and Graham, 1997). Moreover, they improve the attractiveness and sustainability of such places (Meyer, 2004) and bring multiple actors to work together (Buhalis, 2000; Shih, 2006). Cultural routes attract a tourist model that seeks the history and identity of the region, as well as interaction with the local population.

The new cultural routes are considered a value of sustainable development. This topic will be expanded upon in this work, considering them as economic clusters in which the members can share and conserve their attractions and as contributors to tackling depopulation and the effects of climate change in the most disadvantaged areas. These cultural routes have the potential for self-tourism and proximity trips, which have a lower environmental impact and offer greater security in the face of health crises.

On the other hand, the routes around the monumental and intangible heritage are considered. These cultural routes provide tools for the implementation of other forms of regenerative tourism, such as ecotourism, organic farming, or apitourism (i.e., routes of community tourism that reinvest the income in economically depressed populations), or ecological tourist services, such as ecovillages and circular economy hotels. In a logic of closed non-disruptive tourism consumption (Pearce and Turner, 1980; EU Commission, 2018; Ellen MacAthur, 2010), environmental and economic aspects are complemented.

Cultural routes such as the Camino de Santiago, the Silk Road, and the pilgrimage to Mecca have been pioneers in the generation of commerce, the travel industry, and intercontinental finances. The principles postulated by Daniel Wahl, in Designing Regenerative Cultures (2016), are now the spur of the necessary social change, within the framework of regenerative development, and will be applied to the tourism sector in this work. This is a new paradigm that seeks to reverse the degeneration of natural systems and design human systems that can co-evolve with them, without forgetting that the planet continues to relate its potential for diversity, complexity, and creativity. Moreover, it enables the relationships between towns and settlements to be strengthened.

The work will develop a new project through the study of traditional routes (pilgrimage, archaeological, or artistic routes) and new ones, such as genealogical tourism in Europe, ethnic tourism in the Americas, or community tourism in Africa. Cultural routes linked to ecological, gastronomic (e.g., kosher and halal routes), or other characteristics will also be considered.

This Special Issue seeks contributions from specialists in development economics, tourism, agronomy, anthropology, sociology, architecture, and art history in analyzing these routes and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches.

Prof. Dr. Ángeles Rubio-Gil
Prof. Dr. Jesús Alberto Valero-Matas
Prof. Dr. Guillermo Vázquez-Vicente
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • cultural routes
  • cultural tourism
  • regenerative tourism
  • sustainable development
  • intangible heritage
  • tourism cluster
  • tourism and development

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Spanish Tourist Sector Sustainability: Recovery Plan, Green Jobs and Wellbeing Opportunity
Sustainability 2021, 13(20), 11447; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011447 - 16 Oct 2021
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This paper presents an overview on political economy and economic policies into the European Green Deal framework and the Spanish recovery plan, with special attention to the tourism sector and actual opportunities for green jobs in the Spanish tourism market. Firstly, there is [...] Read more.
This paper presents an overview on political economy and economic policies into the European Green Deal framework and the Spanish recovery plan, with special attention to the tourism sector and actual opportunities for green jobs in the Spanish tourism market. Firstly, there is a literature review, combining the scientific production with professional and institutional literature, to understand the topic development, from the former restrictive point to the wider current view. Secondly, a case study about the green jobs opportunity in the Spanish hotel industry is presented, taking into account wellbeing economics, for the renewal of the Spanish tourism industry. Methodology combines the qualitative analysis of literature and the qualitative review of the CSR reports from top Spanish hotel chains as well as the feedback of sustainability experts at the hotel industry. This paper provides valuable information to improve the sectorial recovery plan and coordinate the policymakers and the business managers and entrepreneurs. Full article
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The Role of the Local Host Community’s Involvement in the Development of Tourism: A Case Study of the Residents’ Perceptions toward Tourism on the Route of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9576; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179576 - 25 Aug 2021
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As an economic, social, and cultural activity, tourism shapes the relationship between visitors and local communities in tourist destinations. While tourism generates economic growth and employment opportunities for residents, its benefits come with a social cost. This article highlights the results of an [...] Read more.
As an economic, social, and cultural activity, tourism shapes the relationship between visitors and local communities in tourist destinations. While tourism generates economic growth and employment opportunities for residents, its benefits come with a social cost. This article highlights the results of an online survey that was carried out at the beginning of 2021 in the seven major Galician cities along the Route of Santiago de Compostela (the Way of St. James) in Spain, which is a historical, natural, and cultural tourist attraction that is inscribed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in the category of cultural assets. The goal of the research work was to get to know first-hand the opinion of local communities about the positive and negative effects of tourism in their cities, on the Route of Santiago, and in the region of Galicia as a whole. Research work shows that residents’ perception of tourism leans toward the positive side, although it also reveals the need for tourism planners to involve host communities in tourism development. This research study about a World Heritage site should prove useful for political decision makers, tourism planners, and experts, both in Galicia and elsewhere. Full article
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Sustainable Tourism, Economic Growth and Employment—The Case of the Wine Routes of Spain
Sustainability 2021, 13(13), 7164; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137164 - 25 Jun 2021
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Tourism has become a priority in national and regional development policies and is considered a source of economic growth, particularly in rural areas. Nowadays, wine tourism is an important form of tourism and has become a local development tool for rural areas. Regional [...] Read more.
Tourism has become a priority in national and regional development policies and is considered a source of economic growth, particularly in rural areas. Nowadays, wine tourism is an important form of tourism and has become a local development tool for rural areas. Regional tourism development studies based on wine tourism have a long history in several countries such as the US and Australia, but are more recent in Europe. Although Spain is a leading country in the tourism industry, with an enormous wine-growing tradition, the literature examining the economic impact of wine tourism in Spanish economy is scarce. In an attempt to fill this gap, the main objective of this paper is to analyze the impact of wine tourism on economic growth and employment in Spain. More specifically, by applying panel data techniques, we study the economic impact of tourism in nine Spanish wine routes in the period from 2008 to 2018. Our results suggest that tourism in these wine routes had a positive effect on economic growth. However, we do not find clear evidence of a positive effect on employment generation. Full article
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