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Inclusive Tourism and Its Place in Sustainable Development Concepts

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 November 2024 | Viewed by 1081

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Faculty of Tourism and Recreation, University School of Physical Education, 31-571 Kraków, Poland
Interests: sustainable tourism; inclusive tourism; special interest tourism (mountain tourism; ecotourism, adventure tourism, cultural tourism, sport tourism); tourism attractions; regional aspects of the geography of tourism
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Faculty of Tourism and Recreation, University School of Physical Education, 31-571 Kraków, Poland
Interests: inclusive tourism; spatial planning and development in tourism and recreation; spa and health tourism; forms and conditions of nature tourism

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Faculty of Tourism and Recreation, University School of Physical Education, 31-571 Kraków, Poland
Interests: impact of new media (in particular social media) on consumer behavior in tourism and recreation; tourist activity of people with disabilities; behavior of tourists with special needs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this Special Issue is to showcase the progress made in current research and the literature on inclusive tourism, considered in the context of different concepts of sustainable development.

In particular, this Special Issue of the peer reviewed journal Sustainability aims to expand the discussion and scholarly debate on different perspectives, trends, approaches, cases, impacts, challenges, models, and/or frameworks related to inclusive tourism.

Inclusive tourism is broadly understood as ensuring that everybody has access to and enjoys spaces, communities, land, hospitality, services, food, paths, and mobility. In this way, it contributes to social wellbeing, brining happiness to people and ensuring that everybody, with no exceptions, is able to enjoy the beauty of tourist places and participate in various tourist activities.

The development of inclusive tourism aims not only to expand access to consumption, production, and benefit sharing at existing tourist destinations but also to draw a new map of tourist places and experiences and the interactions that accompany them.

Inclusive tourism has many stakeholders in different environments who strive to expand the circle of people involved in tourism creation, tourism consumption, and those benefiting from tourism. Social inclusion is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) formulated by the United Nations, which states: "Many people are excluded from development because of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability or poverty. Development can only be inclusive – and reduce poverty – when all groups of people contribute to creating opportunities, share the benefits of development and participate in decision-making” (UNDP 2016).

This Special Issue aims to further explore sustainable tourism practices. Some examples of topics of interest for this Special Issue are as follows:

  1. Links between inclusive tourism and accessible, responsible, and sustainable tourism;
  2. Tourism and recreational activities for people with disabilities and with special needs (e.g., seniors, pregnant women, families with small children);
  3. Spatial, architectural, and social barriers to the tourist activities of people with disabilities, seniors, pregnant women, and families with small children, as well as examples of the elimination of such barriers;
  4. "Design for All" as a planning strategy that aims to achieve sustainable accessibility for all;
  5. Accessibility of attractions, accommodation, transport, and public space for people with disabilities and with special needs (e.g., seniors, pregnant women, families with small children);
  6. Accessibility of tourist offers for people with disabilities and with special needs;
  7. Educating staff for the provision of tourism services to people with disabilities and special needs;
  8. The role of local governments and tourism organizations in ensuring the accessibility of destinations;
  9. Economic aspects of the development of inclusive tourism;
  10. New groups of people with disabilities and with special needs;
  11. Challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of inclusive tourism;
  12. Scenarios for the development of inclusive tourism;
  13. The use of artificial intelligence and modern technologies in designing accessible tourism.

Prof. Dr. Zygmunt Kruczek
Dr. Katarzyna Gmyrek
Dr. Karolina Korbiel
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.

Keywords

  • inclusive tourism
  • sustainable tourism
  • “design for all”
  • development and planning
  • accessibility
  • accessible tourism
  • responsible tourism
  • social tourism
  • integrative tourism
  • health dysfunction
  • people with disabilities
  • people with special needs
  • barriers
  • tourism without barriers
  • tourism for all
  • sustainable construction
  • motives and preferences
  • tourism and recreation activity
  • rehabilitation
  • seniors

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Environmentally and Socially Responsible Behavior of Women from Generation Z in the Context of Tourist Activity
by Agata Balińska, Ewa Jaska and Agnieszka Werenowska
Sustainability 2024, 16(13), 5603; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16135603 - 29 Jun 2024
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The aim of this research was to determine the scope of environmentally and socially responsible behavior related to tourist trips of women from Generation Z. The choice of this issue falls within the scientific discussion on the sustainable behavior of young consumers and [...] Read more.
The aim of this research was to determine the scope of environmentally and socially responsible behavior related to tourist trips of women from Generation Z. The choice of this issue falls within the scientific discussion on the sustainable behavior of young consumers and the area of research on sustainable tourism. The presented research fills the research gap related to the sustainable behavior of young women in the context of tourist trips. This article reviews the literature justifying the choice of this research topic. The results of our own survey research were presented (a sample of 618 touristically active women from Generation Z). Quantitative and qualitative analyses of the obtained results were made. This research showed that respondents were most concerned about recreational space (not leaving garbage in the forest or on the beach, observing regulations in tourist regions and towns, and using only designated trails). They rated their behavior the lowest in terms of reduction in water consumption, use of ecological cosmetics while using water reservoirs, and choosing accommodation places where pro-ecological solutions are used. According to the respondents, the main reasons for the lack of responsible behavior are indifference and habits learned at home. The originality of the presented research results from its scope and concerns only women belonging to Generation Z. Full article
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