Special Issue "Islands and Tourism Industry: The Path for a Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Ruggieri
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OTIE; University of Palermo, Piazza Marina, 61, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy
Interests: applied economics; economic and financial impacts; island contexts; tourism economy; innovation; micro-enterprises; networks and dynamics of aggregation of enterprises; tourist districts and tourist destinations; tourism in fragile or outlying regions such as islands; cultural tourism; natural tourism; sustainable and relational tourism; UNESCO brand
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Prof. Dr. Razaq Raj
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OTIE; Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS1 3HE, UK
Interests: strategic management; economic and financial impacts; cultural festivals and sustainable and religious tourism; events and festivals development and management in the local community; sustainable development approaches (i.e., community-based, cultural, and economic); entrepreneurial legacies of the carnivals; impacts of festivals on Black and ethnic minority businesses; religious tourism and pilgrimage management as a business model
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Local development is always more often dependent on the tourism sector, especially in fragile contexts, such as islands. These territories, in fact, represent a special cluster, such as an independent state from member countries. Particularly, insular economies are almost totally based on tourism and connected activities. Because of this, it needs to take care the positive and negative aspects of economic development based on the tourism sector and to drive it towards long-term wellbeing.

Tourism can bring development and growth but also negative effects on the local environment and residents. Thus, it needs to consider a sustainable development approach based on quantitative and qualitative indicators, a wide awareness about the need to preserve and then valorize local resources and the right cooperative strategies among tourism industry operators.

We encourage researchers to highlight advances, best practices, questions and any other issue related to this topic in order to encourage a fruitful scientific debate and exchange.

Dr. Giovanni Ruggieri
Dr. Razaq Raj
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Islands
  • Development
  • Tourism
  • Sustainability

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An Analysis of the Tourist Mobility in the Island of Lanzarote: Car Rental Versus More Sustainable Transportation Alternatives
Sustainability 2019, 11(3), 739; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11030739 - 31 Jan 2019
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Studies have shown that certain modes of tourist development jeopardize the environment, as in the case of mass tourism, especially in areas that require special protection. The goal of this study is to apply a proposal for studying sustainability of tourist mobility to [...] Read more.
Studies have shown that certain modes of tourist development jeopardize the environment, as in the case of mass tourism, especially in areas that require special protection. The goal of this study is to apply a proposal for studying sustainability of tourist mobility to a protected space, the island of Lanzarote, which has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. This paper seeks to figure out the mobility patterns of tourists, the criterion used to select a mode of transportation, the attitude of tourists towards the sustainability of transport, and its environmental implications by analyzing secondary sources and interviewing tourists. The results show that the tourism model of the island is based on scattered natural resources that tourists want to enjoy in a tailor-made visit, which makes it hard to give up individual transportation. The only environmentally sustainable alternative is opting for electric vehicles with charging stations in the aforementioned tourist spots. Full article
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Using the Network and MCA on Tourist Attractions. The Case of Aeolian Islands, Italy
Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4169; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114169 - 13 Nov 2018
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This study highlights the preferences and motivations of tourists for the choice of destinations to visit. Natural, cultural, gastronomic attractions, places of consumption, and identity/immaterial motivations are examined through social network analysis and validated through the multiple correspondence analysis (MCA). The study explores [...] Read more.
This study highlights the preferences and motivations of tourists for the choice of destinations to visit. Natural, cultural, gastronomic attractions, places of consumption, and identity/immaterial motivations are examined through social network analysis and validated through the multiple correspondence analysis (MCA). The study explores the relational variables that can explain the attractiveness of the places and the propensity to visit them. To identify the visitor profiles and the reasons behind their choices, a sample survey was carried out in Lipari, in the Aeolian Islands, interviewing tourists, residents, and people present on the island for work reasons. From the results obtained, profiles emerged with very different characteristics. They vary among those who are attentive to the identity and sustainability of the territory and appreciate the beauty of the sea to others who are attracted mainly for places of consumption and gastronomy, and finally, to people who are indifferent to the attractiveness of the place. This study contributes to the knowledge of the tourist understanding of fragile places with a strong tourist attraction and provides indications for better use of the resources present, oriented towards eco-sustainable hospitality systems and the environment. The study discusses the implications of its findings for future research and provides insights for planning tourism services. Full article
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Regional CSR Policies and SMEs’ CSR Actions: Mind the Gap—The Case of the Tourism SMEs in Crete
Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2197; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072197 - 27 Jun 2018
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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) actions have the potential to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs. Regional authorities can support the development of SME CSR actions within the framework of their sustainable competiveness agenda. The alignment between regional CSR policy initiatives and SMEs’ CSR needs [...] Read more.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) actions have the potential to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs. Regional authorities can support the development of SME CSR actions within the framework of their sustainable competiveness agenda. The alignment between regional CSR policy initiatives and SMEs’ CSR needs is crucial for achieving the regional sustainable competitiveness’ goals. We introduce a conceptual framework to facilitate the alignment between regional CSR policies and SMEs’ needs. We use this conceptual framework and the quantitative technique of survey to empirically investigate the alignment of regional CSR policies with the CSR needs of tourism for SMEs in Crete, Greece. The findings indicate gaps between the perceived level and type of support offered by regional CSR policies and the CSR needs of the SMEs. Based on the findings, we provide recommendations to the regional authorities and tourism SMEs in Crete for implementing CSR policies and actions. Full article
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