Special Issue "Innovation and Strategic Management for the Development of Tourist Destinations"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Diana Foris

Guest Editor
Faculty of Food and Tourism, Transilvania University of Brașov, 500036 Brașov, Romania
Interests: tourism; tourist destinations; DMO; management; sustainability; hospitality
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Dr. Anabela Elias-Almeida
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Guest Editor
Polytechnic of Leiria - School of Tourism and Maritime Technology, Portugal.
Interests: tourist destinations; innovation; sustainability; customer's experience; hospitality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries of this century, becoming a major area of interest for the world’s economy. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in 2018 there were 1.4 billion international arrivals worldwide (UNWTO, 2019), with an average growth rate of 5%. The impact of tourism on economy is considerable. Revenues from visitors’ spending have grown faster than the world’s economy, and the direct contribution of tourism to the world GDP was 3.6% in 2018 (UNWTO, 2019). In this context, it is necessary to innovate and manage correctly travel and tourism, in order to increase the competitiveness and performance of tourist destinations.

Innovation and a strategic management approach are the key aspects for a sustainable development of a tourist destination, due to the fact that they guarantee, on the one hand, the optimal integration of tourism into the economy, environment, and culture of that location—through the capacity to coagulate synergies—and on the other hand, they allow an adequate satisfaction of tourists’ demands and expectations.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to present and discuss the importance of innovation and strategic management to ensure the sustainable development of tourist destinations, so to improve their offers in relation to visitors’ expectations as well as their competitiveness in tourism, while preserving the environment.

We invite scholars interested in the sustainable development of tourist destinations to critically reflect on issues concerning the intersections between tourist destination, innovation, strategic management, development, and sustainability.

Contributions on the following themes are of particular interest, though papers on other relevant topics will also be considered:

-Destinations management

-Tourist destinations strategy

-Development of tourist destinations

-DMO’s

-Competitiveness of tourist destinations

-Performanceof tourist destinations

-Sustainability of tourist destinations

-Marketing and branding of tourist destinations

-Sustainable methods and tools for tourist destinations development

-Customers’ experience

-Strategic management

Dr. Diana Foris
Dr. Anabela Elias-Almeida
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • tourism
  • sustainability
  • destination management
  • innovation
  • development of tourist destinations
  • DMO

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Country Performance Analysis of Swiss Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management Research
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2378; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042378 (registering DOI) - 23 Feb 2021
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Based on tradition and high standards, Swiss higher education in tourism and hospitality is ranked among the best in the world. Although scientific research is the foundation of a country’s higher education system, the Swiss Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management Scientific Research (Swiss [...] Read more.
Based on tradition and high standards, Swiss higher education in tourism and hospitality is ranked among the best in the world. Although scientific research is the foundation of a country’s higher education system, the Swiss Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management Scientific Research (Swiss TL&HM-SR) has not yet been subject to a systematic analysis. This paper aims to fill this gap by assessing the Swiss TL&HM-SR performance, as well as identifying and discussing its most prominent topics. To this end, bibliometric data were gathered from the Scopus database and analyzed through a bibliometric mixed-method approach. Results provide a new performance indicator for the Swiss TL&HM-SR in this field of research, and show that innovation and sustainable destination management are particularly prominent topics within Swiss TL&HM-SR. In this context, contributions to these topics in particular are discussed in more detail. The findings provide useful insights for stakeholders aiming to improve sustainability performance through strategic management of destinations, as well as for researchers aiming to follow the latest trends, identify emerging topics and formulate more attractive projects for financing institutions. The study also provides a new and innovative methodological contribution, as it combines different methods of scientific research performance assessment, which can be further employed in other countries or knowledge areas. Full article
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Improving the Management of Tourist Destinations: A New Approach to Strategic Management at the DMO Level by Integrating Lean Techniques
Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 10201; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310201 - 07 Dec 2020
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Destination management organizations have a key role to play in the governance of tourism destinations, in managing destination networks and in ensuring good cooperation between stakeholders. Although, destination management organizations (DMOs) are atypical organizations, their operations are evaluated according to their organizational efficiency [...] Read more.
Destination management organizations have a key role to play in the governance of tourism destinations, in managing destination networks and in ensuring good cooperation between stakeholders. Although, destination management organizations (DMOs) are atypical organizations, their operations are evaluated according to their organizational efficiency and effectiveness. This study aims to propose a framework to improve the management of the tourist destination through an innovative approach that interconnects strategic management and Lean techniques to increase efficiency and productivity in operational processes, organizational efficiency and effectiveness at the DMO level. The framework developed in this study interconnects the analysis of the internal environment through the Value Chain and the Lean Six Sigma methods identified to be suitable for application in the management of the tourist destination. Testing of the practical application of this framework was done for Association for the Promotion and Development of Tourism (APDT), which is the DMO that ensures the management of the tourist destination of Brasov, Romania. The research contributes to the optimization of the processes at the DMO’s level. The framework developed in this study can be implemented by practitioners to improve the management of the tourist destination. The paper also offers future research directions. Full article
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