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Special Issue "Sustainable Art Cities and Tourist Attractions: Coping with Overtourism and Promoting Revitalisation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Doug Noonan

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 800 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
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Interests: environmental policy and sustainability; cultural economics; public policy; urban affairs
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Chiara Dalle Nogare

Dipartimento di Economia e Management, University of Brescia, Via S. Faustino 74/b, 25122 Brescia, Italy
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Interests: cultural economics; tourism economics; political economy
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Monika Murzyn-Kupisz

Department of Regional Development, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University, 30-387 Kraków, ul. Gronostajowa 7, Poland
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Interests: socio-economic geography; cultural economics; urban studies; heritage studies; artists; museums

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The sustainability of tourism, and its contribution to sustainable cities, poses challenges and opportunities.  The economics and management of tourism, cultural institutions and heritage sites, and efforts to revitalize cities can provide important insights into sustainability.  Although the term “overtourism” has gained popularity only in recent times, the potential negative externalities of over-dimensioned tourist and excursionist flows have long been investigated. The recent boom of academic contributions on the subject originates from overtourism becoming a real problem (in both urban and rural contexts), as the surge of tourismophobic movements in many European cities testify. The majority of studies focusing on overtourism have so far explored the causes of overtourism and its characterisation. The issue on how to cope with overtourism is less investigated, in spite of the fact that many destinations have by now started experimenting a number of measures and out of these experiences a recent document commissioned by the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) has extracted a first, tentative taxonomy. In particular, what has been overlooked so far is that the challenge to mitigate overtourism is not just confined to local governments, but must involve a large number of actors, in primis the institutions running the cultural and natural attractions causing the large flows of tourists and excursionists, and that coordination among all parties involved is essential.

This special issue opens the debate on new perspectives on the economics and management of tourism, especially cultural tourism, how sustainability challenges (e.g., overtourism, revitalization) have been addressed. We invite both case studies and theoretical and quantitative empirical papers covering emerging and underexplored aspects of policies by governments, cultural institutions, and other local actors aimed at coping with sustainability challenges.

Suggested topics include:

  • assessing local policies (e.g., price increases, quantity restrictions, local users vs. others), their political viability
  • timing of visitors (day-visitors, seasonality) and overtourism, including stakeholders’ well-being
  • sustainable tourism and urban design, transport, and infrastructure: congestion, carrying capacity, funding, strategic planning
  • superstar cultural institutions/natural parks: best practices
  • contributions and management of tourism to promote sustainable urban development
  • role of local authorities and institutions in improving tourism offerings to attract more desirable and sustainable tourism market segments

Scholars who consider submitting a paper to the specail issue are welcome to contact the issue editors with an abstract or a topic idea.

Prof. Dr. Doug Noonan
Prof. Dr. Chiara Dalle Nogare
Prof. Dr. Monika Murzyn-Kupisz
Guest Editors

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 papers will be 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 1700 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.


  • Economics of tourism
  • Overtourism
  • Cultural tourism
  • Urban sustainability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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