Special Issue "A European Perspective on Cultural Heritage as a Driver for Sustainable Development and Regional Resilience"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Bart Neuts
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Guest Editor
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven 3000, Belgium
Interests: tourism externalities; crowding; sustainable tourism; tourism economics
Prof. Dr. João Martins
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Assistant Guest Editor
Centre of Technology and Systems, Universidade Nova de Lisboa 2829-516 Monte de Caparica, Portugal
Interests: energy efficiency; smart grids; buildings flexibility and grid interaction; electrical drives; power electronics
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Prof. Dr. Milada Šťastná
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Applied and Landscape Ecology, Mendel University in Brno, Brno 61300, Czech Republic
Interests: cultural tourism; landscape ecology; environmental protection; sustainability
Dr. John Martin
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Assistant Guest Editor
Sustainable Earth Institute, University of Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom
Interests: landscape assessment and monitoring; mapping and valuation of culture ecosystem services; mapping techniques including ubiquitous technology tools and participatory workshops

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cultural heritage holds many tangible and intangible values for local communities and society in general. Particularly from a socioeconomic perspective, the presence of cultural heritage resources might serve to improve regional development through cultural tourism, event organization, the attraction of creative industries and other businesses, etc. However, notwithstanding the relative abundance of cultural heritage resources—in varying degrees of scope—there are substantial differences in the current application of culture-led development strategies across European regions.

Within the framework of Europe’s Smart Specialization Strategies, it is important to identify to which extent and under which considerations a cultural heritage strategy can support an effective and sustainable regional development. Focusing specifically on European regions, this Special Issue gives particular relevance to the development of robust measurement frameworks on the sustainability and resilience of cultural heritage (tourism) destinations, past and future trends in transformative cultural tourism, successful interventions in cultural heritage management, and community-based management and planning.

The Special Issue will therefore provide a state-of-the art overview of contemporary cultural heritage management within Europe, providing theoretical contributions as well as practical toolkits and case studies. Contributions will help to frame cultural heritage as a resource for the creation of sustainable and resilient territories.

Dr. Bart Neuts
Prof. Dr. João Martins
Prof. Dr. Milada Šťastná
Dr. John Martin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 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.

Keywords

  • cultural tourism
  • cultural heritage management
  • regional development
  • transformative tourism
  • resilience
  • sustainable development indicators

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Innovative Tools for Tourism and Cultural Tourism Impact Assessment
Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7470; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187470 - 10 Sep 2020
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The importance of data and evidence has increased considerably in policy planning, implementation, and evaluation. There is unprecedented availability of open and big data, and there are rapid developments in intelligence gathering and the application of analytical tools. While cultural heritage holds many [...] Read more.
The importance of data and evidence has increased considerably in policy planning, implementation, and evaluation. There is unprecedented availability of open and big data, and there are rapid developments in intelligence gathering and the application of analytical tools. While cultural heritage holds many tangible and intangible values for local communities and society in general, there is a knowledge gap regarding suitable methods and data sources to measure the impacts and develop data-driven policies of cultural tourism. In the tourism sector, rapid developments are particularly taking place around novel uses of mobile positioning data, web scraping, and open application programming interface (API) data, data on sharing, and collaborative economy and passenger data. Based on feedback from 15 European cultural tourism regions, recommendations are developed regarding the use of innovative tools and data sources in tourism management. In terms of potential analytical depth, it is especially advisable to explore the use of mobile positioning data. Yet, there are considerable barriers, especially in terms of privacy protection and ethics, in using such data. User-generated big data from social media, web searches, and website visits constitute another promising data source as it is often publicly available in real time and has low usage barriers. Due to the emergence of new platform-based business models in the travel and tourism sector, special attention should be paid to improving access and usage of data on sharing and collaborative economy. Full article
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