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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021) | Viewed by 5307

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Department of Cognitive Sciences, Psychology, Education and Cultural Studies - University of Messina, Italy
Interests: Tourism Geography; Retail Geography; Urban Development and Mega Events
Department of Agriculture, food and environment, University of Catania, 9523 Catania, Italy
Interests: urban geography/geography of territorial processes: gentrification, urban renewal, and tourist practices; smart city/smart village; urban green and the right to the sustainable city; consumptionscapes and territorial structures; territorial effects of migratory flows; food geography, foodscapes, local food systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few decades, interdisciplinary research, global policies and local agendas have been regarding cities as the most appropriate spaces for testing tools and strategies to improve sustainability, promote new tourist practices, and enhance innovative governance tools.

First of all, cities are the best contexts where researchers and policy-makers can critically scrutinize the social, cultural, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development, at the point to make it possible to explore new theoretical and methodological approaches to be replicated at the different scales.

At the same time, a variegated repertoire of technology-mediated tools and innovative strategies in urban governance have completely transformed theoretical and methodological perspectives in urban planning and territorial management.

Finally, the growing pervasiveness of tourist practices in urban contexts makes it necessary to critically evaluate their impacts in terms of economic effects, social implications, and cultural transformation.

As a result, this Special Issue aims at critically evaluating sustainability in different urban contexts, by taking into account both potentialities and critical elements of sustainability-oriented policies and practices, tools and strategies of innovative urban governance as well as tourism-led development programs, in order to provide both new theoretical insights and practical implications for policy makers and researchers about sustainability in contemporary cities.

The Special Issue will welcome both theoretical and empirical papers dealing with:

  • Sustainability-driven policies and practices;
  • Urban green and ecological infrastructures: limits and potentialities;
  • Smart city, big data, and wired urbanism;
  • Sustainable planning and territorial management;
  • New technologies for local territorial governance;
  • Overtourism vs. undertourism: (un)sustainability in urban contexts;
  • New tourist practices for urban sustainable development;
  • Smart tourist destination.

Dr. Enrico Domenico Giovanni Nicosia
Dr. Teresa Graziano
Guest Editors

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  • Cities
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Tourism
  • Urban Green
  • Smart development
  • Urban Governance

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Impacts of Tourism Development on Coastal Communities in Cha-am Beach, the Gulf of Thailand, through Analysis of Local Perceptions
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4423; - 15 Apr 2021
Cited by 9 | Viewed by 4791
Coastal tourism development can appropriately contribute to the livelihood of the community. To date, few studies have been conducted on the impacts of tourism development on the coastal communities in Thailand. This study assessed these impacts through the analysis of local perceptions based [...] Read more.
Coastal tourism development can appropriately contribute to the livelihood of the community. To date, few studies have been conducted on the impacts of tourism development on the coastal communities in Thailand. This study assessed these impacts through the analysis of local perceptions based on four criteria of tourism development—the economic, environmental, social, and cultural impacts—using a five-point Likert scale. A survey of 116 households (HHs) was conducted at Cha-am Beach in the Gulf of Thailand. We found that the impacts of tourism development on coastal communities were 3.13 ± 1.02 (± refers to standard deviation) for social impact and 2.85 ± 1.03 for economic impact, indicating that tourism development had neutral and positive impacts. However, impacts on the other two criteria were below the average scores, indicating that tourism development had a negative impact on the local environment (2.50 ± 1.05) and local culture (2.41 ± 0.95). For overall impacts, the average score was 2.72 ± 1.02, indicating the coastal communities accepted tourism development in their communities. Nevertheless, as the overall score of tourism development was still far below the maximum point of 5, more efforts by the government as well as the private sector are needed to protect the local culture and coastal communities while improving the positive impacts on economic development and social integrity. Full article
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