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Sustainable Tourism Experiences

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021) | Viewed by 654

Special Issue Editors

1. Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, 1600-640, Portugal
2. CinTurs, Faro, 8005-139, Portugal
Interests: tourism; tourism marketing; tourism experience design and management; tourism co-creation
University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Queensland 4556, Australia
Interests: tourism; destination management; tourism marketing; experience design; cognitive psychology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The current COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the experiences we may offer to visitors in the future, which must address sustainability issues. The design and development of sustainable tourism experiences will benefit destination stakeholders by considering the community’s strengths and their needs and expectations from tourism while concurrently facilitating rewarding and memorable experiences for the visitors. How can experiences encourage a connection with the local community?
Tourism businesses also will need attractive experiential offerings targeted to local and national markets, suggesting they rediscover local cultural and natural heritage. How can experiences encourage a connection with culture and nature? How can technological innovations support sustainable tourism experience?
Academics will need to better understand the principles and practices of experience design from a psychological and managerial perspective. How can we conceptualise sustainable tourism experiences?

This Special Issue of Sustainability explores opportunities for a new future for tourism and will include papers focusing on (though not limited to):

  • Conceptualising the sustainable tourism experience
  • Theory of tourism experience studies
  • Links to existing research—emotion, attention, meaning
  • Research methods applied to the tourism experience
  • Linking experience with sustainability discourse and practice
  • Managing and marketing sustainable experiences
  • Developments in co-creative experience design
  • Including the customer and community
  • Case studies of advertising effectiveness
  • Culture and heritage—designing experiences in historical sites and monuments as well as authenticity in traditional villages
  • Reinventing local tastes in food experiences
  • Back to nature—exploring nature-based experiences and wellness, sustainable trail design, and adventure experiences
  • Accessible nature—designing for inclusion
  • Interpretation in the future: exploring the museum experience and ICT for visitor creativity in action at museums and exhibitions
  • VR and AR developments in tourism destinations
  • Storytelling in the digital age

Dr. Ana Cláudia Campos
Prof. Dr. Noel Scott
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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
  • tourism experience
  • COVID-19 crisis

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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