Special Issue "Product Development for Sustainable Tourism"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Julia N. Albrecht
Guest Editor
Department of Tourism, University of Otago, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Interests: tourism management; visitor management; nature-based tourism; destination management
Dr. Marco Haid
Guest Editor
Division for Management in Health and Sport Tourism, UMIT – Private University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Hall in Tirol 6060, Austria
Interests: destination management; nature-based tourism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tourism research and literature tend to address and discuss sustainability at the macro and destination levels. Comparatively little attention is paid to the business and product levels. It is worrying that despite receiving much attention in academia, politics (though not policy), and the media, little real progress in sustainability has been reported from within destinations and industries with relevance to tourism. Indeed, businesses appear indifferent and unresponsive, attitudes that will likely be amplified as businesses struggle to adapt to a (post)-COVID-19 world.

This Special Issue seeks to address this shortcoming by specifically calling for contributions that focus on tourism products for sustainability and sustainable destinations. As the tourism value proposition and the destination offer are essentially the conglomerate of individual (business) offers within, and outside of the destination, attention on sustainable tourism product development is long overdue.

We welcome contributions in the form of systematic literature reviews, case studies, research articles, and research notes. Their focus should be on tourism products or product types; product development processes for sustainable tourism; related governance, planning, and/ or (strategic) management; relevant stakeholder interactions; legal settings; types of tourism products; and destination settings. Additional possible topics outside of but related to tourism include but are not limited to sports, nature-oriented activities, health-promoting and rehabilitating offers, and regionality.

Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results and applications.

Dr. Julia N. Albrecht
Dr. Marco Haid
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • tourism product development
  • tourism business
  • destination development

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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