Special Issue "Sustainable Tourism Perspectives for 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: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Ruggieri
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OTIE; University of Palermo, Piazza Marina, 61, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy
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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, UNESCO brand
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Prof. Dr. Razaq Raj
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OTIE; Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS1 3HE, UK
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Interests: strategic management; economic and financial impacts; cultural festivals and sustainable tourism 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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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Islands represent a special cluster, such as an independent state from member countries, with peculiar features in terms of local economy and development dynamics. Local development is more often dependent on the tourism sector and connected activities. However, tourism can bring not only development and growth but also negative effects on the local environment and residents. Because of this, the positive and negative aspects of economic development based on the tourism sector need to be taken care of and driven towards long-term wellbeing.

Thus, we need to consider a sustainable development approach based on quantitative and qualitative indicators, a wide awareness about the need to preserve and valorise local resources and the right cooperative strategies among tourism industry operators. We also need to consider the future tendencies of island development based on tourism.

We encourage researchers to highlight advances, best practices, forecasting analysis, 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
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • islands
  • development
  • tourism
  • sustainability
  • forecast analysis

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Factors Constraining International Growth in Nautical Tourism Firms
Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6846; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236846 - 02 Dec 2019
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In tourism, entrepreneurial internationalisation is considered a measure of the development of the industry and a key driver of innovation, competitiveness and image enhancement. In nautical tourism, research is still scarce in terms of supporting business’ internationalisation. This paper analyses factors constraining the [...] Read more.
In tourism, entrepreneurial internationalisation is considered a measure of the development of the industry and a key driver of innovation, competitiveness and image enhancement. In nautical tourism, research is still scarce in terms of supporting business’ internationalisation. This paper analyses factors constraining the international growth of island-based nautical tourism organisations. For the research, a sample of 60 nautical tourism SMEs´ owners of six different islands in the Macaronesia Region (Canary Islands, Madeira and Cape Verde archipelagos) were interviewed. As a result, we provide up to date information about current conditions and barriers to the internationalisation process within the segment and also identify the profile of the firms with the best international performance. The study is of great usefulness for the industry as it guides on the areas that require special attention to enhance those social, environmental and economic conditions of nautical tourism firms that ensure sustainable international growth. Moreover, it helps policymakers of island destinations seeking specialisation and positioning within the international nautical tourism market to raise the efficiency of current incentive mechanisms for internationalisation, thus contributing to increase tourism competitiveness. Finally, the study highlights the importance of fostering wider cooperation among islands with common interests in nautical specialisation and the challenges that this represents for the tourism management. Full article
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Community Empowerment and Sustainable Tourism Development: The Mediating Role of Community Support for Tourism
Sustainability 2019, 11(22), 6248; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226248 - 07 Nov 2019
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Though community empowerment and sustainable tourism development (STD) have been discussed in the existing literature, little research has focused on the elaborate mechanisms between these two variables. Therefore, the present study examines the relationship between community empowerment and STD, along with the mediating [...] Read more.
Though community empowerment and sustainable tourism development (STD) have been discussed in the existing literature, little research has focused on the elaborate mechanisms between these two variables. Therefore, the present study examines the relationship between community empowerment and STD, along with the mediating role played by community support for tourism. Using social exchange theory, this research establishes theoretical relationships between vital variables for STD. A survey of empirical study was undertaken, and data were collected from 353 local residents in the northern area of Pakistan. The results for data analyses demonstrated a significant relationship between community empowerment and STD initiatives, and community support for tourism was shown to partially mediate the relationship between the two variables. The findings imply that high community empowerment enables the community to establish successful sustainable tourism development through local people’s support for tourism. This study contributes theoretically to identifying the idea that community members’ support for tourism has a crucial function bridging the link from community empowerment to sustain tourism in a local area. Full article
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