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Special Issue "Overtourism Impacts, Climate Change and Global Warming on Islands"

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 (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 1147

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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Dr. Patrizia Calò
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OTIE, Via E. Amari, 8, 90139 Palermo, Italy
Interests: applied economics; economic and financial impacts; island contexts; tourism economy; innovation; micro-enterprises; tourist destinations; cultural and natural tourism; sustainable and relational tourism; UNESCO brand; tourism monitoring; GPS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Local growth and development are increasingly dependent on the tourism sector, especially in fragile contexts, such as islands, which often have a growth pattern very dissimilar to that of the mainland, and have economies almost totally based on tourism and connected activities. However, tourism can bring development and growth, as well as negative effects on the local environment and residents. Thus, a sustainable development approach based on quantitative and qualitative indicators needs to be considered, as well as a wide awareness about the need to preserve and valorize local resources and the right cooperative strategies among tourism industry operators. However, we also need to consider the heavy effects of climate change and global warming, which have huge potential implications for travel and tourism. Tourism, indeed, is particularly exposed to the direct effects of climate change, such as sea-level rise, changes in ocean currents, and accelerated rates of glacial melt. The direct impacts of some aspects of climate change can result in tourism winners and losers. Global warming may make some destinations more attractive to visitors, but many destinations could also suffer serious and costly impacts. Climate change and global warming thus present a seminal challenge to the world economy and society.

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

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Ruggieri
Prof. Dr. Razaq Raj
Dr. Patrizia Calò
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Islands
  • Climate change
  • Warming
  • Tourism economy
  • Development
  • Industry

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Tourism Dynamics and Sustainability: A Comparative Analysis between Mediterranean Islands—Evidence for Post-COVID-19 Strategies
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Sustainability 2022, 14(7), 4183; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14074183 - 31 Mar 2022
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Tourism may not sustainably support territories with limited natural resource stock such as islands. The volume of visitor arrivals and the industry investments can increase the pressure even beyond sustainable levels. There is an evident and unresolved tension between these two great polarities, [...] Read more.
Tourism may not sustainably support territories with limited natural resource stock such as islands. The volume of visitor arrivals and the industry investments can increase the pressure even beyond sustainable levels. There is an evident and unresolved tension between these two great polarities, sustainability and economic growth driven by tourism. The aim for policymakers is to find an acceptable equilibrium between these two dimensions. This paper investigates tourism evolution between 2007 and 2019 in 15 Mediterranean islands, comparing tourism pressures through statistical indicators. The analysis will compare tourism demand and supply trends in these contexts. The performances will be evaluated to identify the islands’ positioning between sustainability needs and tourism development opportunities while considering post-COVID-19 challenges. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Overtourism Impacts, Climate Change and Global Warming on Islands)
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