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SDG12: Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Travel and Entertainment Sectors

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 1118

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Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management, IU University of Applied Sciences, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany
Interests: sustainable management; sustainable tourism and hospitality; resource efficiency; ESG reporting

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Department of Marketing and Communication, IU University of Applied Sciences, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany
Interests: sustainable consumption; communication; culture and identity; management education; creativity

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Department of Marketing and Communication, IU University of Applied Sciences, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany
Interests: consumer psychology and behavior; sustainable consumption; technology innovation in the entertainment sector

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The UN sustainable goals, which are intended to be achieved between 2015 and 2030, state that sustainability can only be tackled holistically, combining diverse areas affecting individuals, communities, and industry. An analysis of the 2022 goals, however, shows they are still largely unfulfilled. Many of these goals can only be achieved by striking a balance between the use of resources, societal well-being, and consumption. In 2020, the European Commission adopted the Circular Economy Action Plan as a policy to accelerate Europe's transition towards a circular economy by enabling resources to be permanently reused. Circular experiences inherently strategize the extraction or production, consumption, disposal, and reintroduction of resources back into the supply chain for the development of a new production cycle. The 2030 goals for sustainable consumption clearly represent an extremely challenging task for all industries. This Special Issue focuses on two highly influential sectors of the experience economy: travel and entertainment.

The travel sector’s significant economic weight comes with both positive and negative socio-cultural and environmental impacts, as well as an opportunity to play a key role in supporting the sustainable development of the economies and communities in which it operates. Moreover, it is experiencing change at an unprecedented speed (from greener travel demands to sustainable technology development), resulting in opportunities as well as challenges and dangers.

Furthermore, the entertainment sector, such as live events for music and sports, is a vital industry for global economies and has the power to shape a culture of sustainable consumption behaviors. However, it has also been responsible for great environmental damage. Music festivals, for example, generate an average of 23,500 tons of waste globally, including plastic bottles, food waste, abandoned tents, and clothing. A recent study published by Live Nation entertainment revealed that 82% of fans support sustainable measures from organizers, a demand that poses both challenges and opportunities.

This Special Issue aims to contribute to the existing literature and knowledge of sustainable consumption and production by focusing on timely and innovative topics in two relevant sectors of the experience economy: travel and entertainment. The focus on UN SDG12 at year 7 in the 15-year plan provides an opportunity to reassess policies and practices and consider effective strategies for the fulfillment of these goals.

Original research articles and reviews are welcome. We also encourage authors to use innovative methodologies. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Business and leisure travel;
  2. Music, arts, and sports events;
  3. Net positive experiences and services;
  4. Regenerative experiences and services;
  5. Circular products, services, and experiences;
  6. Communication of sustainable consumption and production;
  7. Monitoring tools and methodologies;
  8. Technology innovation and digital solutions for sustainable consumption;
  9. Consumer motivation, engagement, and consumption behavior.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Willy Legrand
Prof. Dr. Clare Hindley
Prof. Dr. Francisco Tigre Moura
Guest Editors

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sustainability
  • SDG 12
  • sustainable consumption
  • sustainable production
  • net positive experiences
  • regenerative experiences
  • tourism and travel
  • event industry
  • technology innovation
  • circular economy
  • circular experiences

Published Papers

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