Special Issue "Sustainable Countryside Perspectives – Cohesion between Rural Geography and Tourism"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marko D. Petrović
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Guest Editor
1. Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijić” of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA), 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
2. Institute of Sports, Tourism and Service, South Ural State University, Chelyabinsk 454080, Russia
Interests: rural development; rural economy; agritourism; tourism’s impact assessment; community-based economy planning
Dr. Julia A. Syromiatnikova
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Guest Editor
Institute of Sports, Tourism and Service, South Ural State University, Chelyabinsk 454080, Russia
Interests: competency-based approach in tourism education; educational tourism; sustainable development; socio-cultural environment; project training

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

All over the globe, rural areas are changing rapidly. Rural geography and rural tourism, as evolving approaches to sustainable planning of the countryside, aim to provide economic, social, cultural, and environmental advantages to community members while enhancing sustainable principles at the local level. Despite diverse publishing advancements in the last decades, insights into the nature of contemporary rural studies are currently lacking in the literature. The need for more research to be conducted to further advance the literature by addressing significant research issues and challenges has thus been highlighted. This is essentially the motivation for launching the current Special Issue.

Integrating empirical and theoretical activities, sustainability mechanisms, and the wellbeing of rural communities serve as the focus for this Special Issue. Conceptual and empirical, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method studies are all welcome. The Special Issue will be particularly focused on original contributions to rural geography and tourism theory considered as novel and interesting in the broad category of sustainable rural studies, although they should adhere to the mission of publishing works with a theoretical focus with implications that are generalizable beyond a specific city or country.

I encourage authors to submit original research articles, reviews, critical perspectives, case studies, and viewpoint articles on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Contemporary trends in rural geography;
  • Rural tourism as a part of global tendencies in the travel industry;
  • Methodological aspects of the overall rural development and welfare of the countryside;
  • Rural geographical research fostering resilience in the face of rural communities’ problems and events;
  • Role of rural tourism in the sustainability principles: worldwide examples and comparisons;
  • The processes of assessing rural strategies’ contributions to sustainability;
  • Stakeholder involvement in rural economy and community-based development;
  • The evolution of rural tourism, its history, assessments, and contemporary organization;
  • Lessons learned from geographical research and practice of non-urban community organization and perspective;
  • Conceptual connections of inclusion, resilience, and other ideas to local economy;
  • Case studies of rural tourism management, covering successes and failures as appropriate;
  • The evolution and future of rural planning and progress.

Dr. Marko D. Petrović
Dr. Julia A. Syromiatnikova
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • community-based development
  • local economy
  • rural tourism
  • rural geography
  • sustainable policy
  • locals’ wellbeing
  • impact assessment

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The Role of Rural Tourism in Strengthening the Sustainability of Rural Areas: The Case of Zlakusa Village
Sustainability 2021, 13(12), 6747; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126747 - 15 Jun 2021
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The strategic planning of rural development is focused on both economic growth and sustainable development. Sustainable rural development is essential for conserving and improving resources, while economic growth contributes to a better standard of living. The aim of the research is to determine, [...] Read more.
The strategic planning of rural development is focused on both economic growth and sustainable development. Sustainable rural development is essential for conserving and improving resources, while economic growth contributes to a better standard of living. The aim of the research is to determine, using the participatory rural appraisal (PRA) methodology on the example of the village of Zlakusa, the economic activities developed in the village, the importance of rural tourism, and the scope of sustainable development taken into account in rural development. The results of the research show that the success of the rural community depends on: diversification of economic activities, which is accompanied by cohesion of the population through association and organization; organized activities aimed at local or republican authorities; activation of human and social capital; and initiating activities involving marginalized groups. Educating the population outside formal education improves the sustainable and economic development of the village and enables rural tourism to become an important part of economic activities and a channel for the commercialization of natural and cultural contents. Full article
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Perspectives on Sustainable Tourism Development in the Hotel Industry—A Case Study from Southern Europe
Sustainability 2021, 13(10), 5563; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105563 - 17 May 2021
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Sustainable development is in many ways the fundamental basis of tourism. The importance and role of sustainable tourism development in the 21st century is at the center of this paper on eco-certificates and green procurement in the hotel industry, within the field of [...] Read more.
Sustainable development is in many ways the fundamental basis of tourism. The importance and role of sustainable tourism development in the 21st century is at the center of this paper on eco-certificates and green procurement in the hotel industry, within the field of the responsible or green economy. The green hotel economy implies the selection of accommodation in environmentally responsible hotels and other facilities, which are directing their business operations towards green procurement, eco-labeling, and the responsible economy. This paper includes quantitative research of the attitudes of 506 international tourists, who expressed their views on their needs regarding eco-hotels and the green economy in the hotel industry. This research also included the collection of data on green (responsible) businesses by surveying 100 hotels situated in the capitals of southern Europe. Comparing results from hotels with the needs of tourists in terms of the green economy in the hotel industry, significant results were obtained that contribute to sustainable tourism development. Full article
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