Special Issue "Rural Development and Sustainable Rural Tourism"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020) | Viewed by 10307
Interests: sustainable tourism; social sustainability; sustainable development; peer to peer business models
In recent decades, in numerous countries, rural tourism has grown from being a secondary commercial activity to establish itself as an independent sector. It is a growing activity, particularly in areas where agriculture is not especially competitive in economic terms. Rural tourism is largely a domestic phenomenon that is disparate in nature across countries and continents. This diversity explains why the current literature on rural tourism includes a significant number of case studies on countries and rural tourism attractions in different countries. We can identify two main lines of research in rural tourism: analysis of rural tourism as sustainable economic activity and its potential as a tool of development. Among the benefits of tourism, one can stress its ability to be more respectful of the rural environment than alternative forms of development, as well as its commitment to some degree of conservationism as a goal. Other benefits may be underscored, namely, the diversification of the local economy, creation of new companies, upkeep of local services, external contact with isolated communities, or repopulation. However, it is also true that potentially negative impacts exist that must be identified and countered, such as impacts on the natural and social environments. The magnitude of these impacts will depend on factors such as the volume of tourists, activities tourists perform, fragility of the natural environment, and robustness of the local culture. Rural tourism should respect and preserve the environment in which it is developed, while also supporting economic diversification in a viable way in the long term. Along these lines, this Special Issue will evaluate the capability of rural tourism to act as a tool for sustainable development. The issue will consider contributions based on applied studies that expand the current knowledge on the relationship between sustainable tourism and rural development. Hence, appropriate papers for this issue should deal with case studies, macroanalysis, and even theoretical studies that are able to provide an overview of the existing literature.
Dr. José María Martín Martín
Dr. Francisco Javier Sáez-Fernández
Blancas, F. J., Lozano-Oyola, M., González, M., Guerrero, F. M., & Caballero, R. (2011). How to use sustainability indicators for tourism planning: the case of rural tourism in Andalusia (Spain). Science of the Total Environment, 412–413, 28–45.
Brida, J. G., Osti, L., & Faccioli, M. (2011). Residents' perception and attitudes towards tourism impacts: A case study of the small rural community of Folgaria (Trentino – Italy). Benchmarking: An International Journal, 18 (3), 359–385.
Busby, G., & Rendle, S. (2000). The transition from tourism on farms to farm tourism. Tourism Management, 21(6), 635–642.
Canoves, G., Villarino, M., Priestley, G. K., & Blanco, A. (2004). Rural tourism in Spain: An analysis of recent evolution. Geoforum, 35(6), 755–769.
Duk-Byeong, P., & Yoo-Shik, Y. (2009). Segmentation by motivation in rural tourism: A Korean case study. Tourism Management, 30, 99–108.
Gartner, W. C. (2004). Rural tourism development in the USA. International Journal of Tourism Research, 6(3), 151–164.
Gao, S., Huang, S., & Huang, Y. (2009). Rural tourism development in China. International Journal of Tourism Research, 11(5), 439–450.
Guaita, J. M., Martín, J. M., Salinas, J. A., & Mogorrón-Guerrero, H. (2019). An analysis of the stability of rural tourism as a desired condition for sustainable tourism. Journal of Business Research, 100, 165–174.
Hernández, J. M., Suárea-Vega, R., & Santana-Jiménez, Y. (2016). The inter-relationship between rural and mass tourism: The case of Catalonia, Spain. Tourism Management, 54, 43–57.
Kastenholz, E., & Lopes de Almeida, A. (2008). Seasonality in rural tourism – The case of North Portugal. Tourism Review, 63(2), 5–15.
Kim, M. K. (2005). Determinants of rural tourism and modeling rural tourism demand in Korea. Michigan State University unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, East Lancing, MI: Michigan State University.
Kuvan, Y., & Akan, P. (2005). Resident’s attitudes toward general and forest-related impacts of tourism: The case of Belek, Antalya. Tourism Management, 26(5), 691–706.
Landford, C. (2009). Managing for sustainable tourism: a review of six cultural World Heritage Sites. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 17 (1), 53–70.
Lane, B. (1994). Sustainable rural tourism strategies: a tool for development and conservation. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 2(1–2), 102–111.
Martin, J. M. (2018). Impacts of the tourist activity and citizens' evaluation about the necessity for resting periods. In M. A. Camilleri (Ed.), Strategic perspectives in destination marketing (pp. 81–112). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Martin, J. M., Jimenez, J. D., & Molina, V. (2014). Impacts of seasonality on environmental sustainability in the tourism sector based on destination type: An application to Spain’s Andalusia region. Tourism Economics, 20(1), 123–142.
Martín, J. M., Salinas, J. A., & Rodríguez, J. A. (2019). Comprehensive evaluation of the tourism seasonality using a synthetic DP2 indicator. Tourism Geographies, 21(2), 284–305.
Martin, J. M., Salinas, J. A., Rodríguez, J. A. & Jiménez, J. D. (2017). Assessment of the tourism’s potential as a sustainable development instrument in terms of annual stability: Application to Spanish rural destinations in process of consolidation. Sustainability, 9(10), 1692–1712.
Martinez, F., & Rodríguez, X. A. (2006). Rural tourism demand in Galicia, Spain. Tourism Economics, 12 (1), 21–31
Paniagua, A. (2002). Urban–rural migration, tourism entrepreneurs and rural restructuring in Spain. Tourism Geographies, 4 (4), 349–371.
Ribeiro, M., & Marques, C. (2002). Rural tourism and the development of less favoured areas -Between rhetoric and practice. International Journal of Tourism Research, 4(3), 211–220.
Roberts, L., & Hall, D. (2001). Rural tourism and recreation: Principles to practice. Wallingford, EN: CABI Publishing.
Sharpley, R., & Roberts, L. (2004). Rural tourism – 10 years on. International Journal of Tourism Research, 6(3), 119–124.
Shen, H., Luo, J., & Zhao, A. (2017). The sustainable tourism development in Hong Kong: An analysis of Hong Kong residents’ attitude towards mainland Chinese tourist. Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism, 18, 45–68.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization. (2004). Indicators of sustainable development for tourism destinations. Madrid, SP: The United Nations World Tourism Organization.
Yagüe, R. S. (2002). Rural tourism in Spain. Annals of Tourism Research, 29 (4), 1101–1110.
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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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 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.
- rural tourism
- sustainable tourism
- social sustainability
- sustainable development
- economic sustainability
- ecological sustainability
- economic diversification