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Niche Forms of Tourism Activity

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 April 2020) | Viewed by 13140

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Department of Management, University of Exeter Business School, Exeter EX4 4PU, UK
Interests: film and TV; heritage; sustainability; gardens; dementia-friendly tourism

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Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to invite submissions to a Special Issue of Sustainability focusing on ‘Niche Forms of Tourism’. The scale and reach of tourism as a global phenomenon has now left only a few places untouched. Tourist demand for a progressively diverse range of experiences continues to expand, stimulating the ever-increasing spectrum of niche forms of tourism. Based on the fulfilment of special interests, niche tourism is an important tool for destinations seeking to create, diversify or extend the market appeal of particular places. The continuum of niche forms of tourism is increasingly broad, ranging from the near mainstream (such as gastronomy, film, and television-induced and wellbeing tourism) to more specialist interests (such as geotourism, wildlife watching, and genealogy), through to the more unusual and extreme (such as slum tourism, tornado tourism, and risk travel to dangerous places). While travel has always incorporated elements of special interest, the contemporary expansion of niche tourism encompasses a greater range of activity, attracts more people, and affects more places. 

Development of niche tourism raises critical issues for the long-term sustainable management of tourism resources, particularly those that rely on the natural environment, heritage, wildlife, and other vulnerable settings. Challenges arise too for destinations and sites that need to cope with a sudden and unplanned influx of visitors as a result of film and TV, or short-term or one-off events that cause a spike in tourist activity. In some cases, the development of specialist types of tourism needs to be properly planned to ensure tourist safety and satisfaction, and protection of resources as well as maximizing benefits to the destination through sustainable local economic activity. 

This Special Issue invites contributions that focus on this multifarious topic that primarily address: the sustainable management of niche forms of tourism; niche tourism within the context of vulnerable settings; tourism business approaches to managing niche interests in a sustainability context; and tourist behavior relating to the impacts of niche tourism.

Dr. Joanne Connell
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Diversification
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Destination management
  • Tourist behavior

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Sustainable Management of Popular Culture Tourism Destinations: A Critical Evaluation of the Twilight Saga Servicescapes
by Christine Lundberg and Kristina N. Lindström
Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 5177; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125177 - 24 Jun 2020
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Popular culture tourism destinations are made up of constructed realities transforming local communities into fictional servicescapes. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate how the unpacking of a key concept (servicescape), applied to destination management, can support the transition to sustainable destination [...] Read more.
Popular culture tourism destinations are made up of constructed realities transforming local communities into fictional servicescapes. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate how the unpacking of a key concept (servicescape), applied to destination management, can support the transition to sustainable destination development in the face of popular culture tourism. The aim is to unpack the servicescape concept by exploring how it is constructed focusing on Twilight Saga representations and production processes at four destinations. The data consists of photographs and video clips of the servicescapes and interviews with key stakeholders. The findings support previous servicescape research dimensions and elements but also identify critical areas of power, control, and conflict when introducing a process approach to the servicescape concept. The study provides insights into the complex exchanges that take place in the development of servicescapes at popular culture tourism destinations. The study thereby contributes to an elaborated and holistic servicescape model, stressing the importance of strategic design and local stakeholders’ early involvement in the preproduction of popular culture tourism phenomena. Full article
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Danube Cruise Tourism as a Niche Product—An Overview of the Current Supply and Potential
by Melinda Jászberényi and Márk Miskolczi
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4598; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114598 - 04 Jun 2020
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Tourism in the 21st century is being re-shaped by constant changes in consumer trends. The Danube, Europe’s second-longest river, has rich potential for tourism over its whole course, and river cruises offer superb opportunities to explore. This study aims to provide a comprehensive [...] Read more.
Tourism in the 21st century is being re-shaped by constant changes in consumer trends. The Danube, Europe’s second-longest river, has rich potential for tourism over its whole course, and river cruises offer superb opportunities to explore. This study aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the most important characteristics of cruise tourism on the Danube. In our research, a literature review (LR) and content analysis (CA) were used to examine trends in the inland waterway cruise sector, which, despite the growing interest in the product, is still not deemed to be a part of mass tourism. Danube cruise tourism relies heavily on alternative (niche) tourism features, which satisfy both cultural and authentic tourism preferences. Currently, many elements of niche tourism are missing from the product supply, but, with a modest addition of such features, the demand for the product could increase and its economic performance in the period following the expected recession would be enhanced. Full article
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The Groups of Caroling Lads from Făgăraș Land (Romania) as Niche Tourism Resource
by Daniela Sorea and Codrina Csesznek
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4577; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114577 - 04 Jun 2020
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Contemporary tourism favors niche offers and heritage tourism is successful niche tourism. The cultural mapping of Făgăraș Land (Romania), accomplished during a project conducted by Transilvania University of Brașov, highlights the groups of caroling lads as a main local resource of intangible cultural [...] Read more.
Contemporary tourism favors niche offers and heritage tourism is successful niche tourism. The cultural mapping of Făgăraș Land (Romania), accomplished during a project conducted by Transilvania University of Brașov, highlights the groups of caroling lads as a main local resource of intangible cultural heritage. The field research indicates that during winter, celebrations of the life of rural communities are organized around the group of lads. Currently, the group only performs a ritual role, but in the past the group had community work attributes, which could be resumed. Additionally, a sustainable heritage tourism can be developed around the groups of lads from Făgăraș Land. That is a form of niche tourism based on the aforementioned concept of foster Christmas relatives. The concept was outlined during the field research carried out as part of the project and refers to host families providing tourists access to the performance of group of lads within the community during the winter celebrations. Resuming the old attributes of the group of lads along with niche tourism could contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities and building local cultural identity. Additionally, they would also consolidate the status held by group members within the community. Full article
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