Special Issue "Tourism Contribution to SDG"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Human Geography and Social Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Samiha Chemli
Guest Editor
Department of Tourism, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
Interests: hospitality and tourism management; events’ management ; tourists' behaviors and perceptions; destinations' marketing and management
Dr. Asunción Fernández-Villarán
Guest Editor
Department of Tourism, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
Interests: hospitality and tourism management; tourist for all; marketing and tourism, tourist distribution
Dr. Ana Goytia
Guest Editor
Department of Tourism, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
Interests: tourism policy; tourist demand; social impact; leisure and tourism

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The tourism sector plays a key role in achieving the 2030 Agenda. According to UNWTO (2016), it accounts for more than 10% of global GDP, it is the direct response of 14% of global emissions, and 1 out of 11 people work in this sector. Furthermore, tourism has the potential to contribute, directly or indirectly, to all of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, tourism appears in the Goals of Objectives 8, 12, and 14, which are respectively related to inclusive and sustainable economic development, sustainable consumption and production, and the sustainable use of oceans and marine resources.

This Special Issue focuses on tourism and UN SDG. The ultimate objective of this work is to promote the implementation of the 17 SDG between governments, the private sector, and civil society in their relationship with tourism.

Tourism, a key sector for the world, must therefore know, align, and implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by all UN countries in 2015. Contributions on the following themes are of particular interest, although other relevant topics will also be considered:

➔ Private and public tourism sector and sustainable development goals;

◆ Responsible tourism production and consumption;

◆ Innovative, inclusive, and sustainable tourism industry;

◆ Respect and integration of the local community in the tourism industry strategy;

◆ Energy saving and efficiency;

◆ Importance of SDG for the hospitality and tourism industry;

◆ Corporate social responsibility;

◆ Sustainable tourism management, planning, and decision making;

◆ Policy making for sustainable tourism development;

◆ Governance and sustainable tourism;

➔ Tourism destinations and SDG;

◆ Smart and wise destinations;

◆ Sustainable cities;

➔ Tourism challenges in promoting SDG;

◆ Preserving our common heritage through tourism;

◆ Empowering women;

◆ Inclusive and quality education for sustainable tourism development;

◆ Environmental sustainable tourism;

◆ Measuring and monitoring SDG performance through tourism;

◆ Sustainable tourism indicators.

Dr. Samiha Chemli
Dr. Asunción Fernández-Villarán
Dr. Ana Goytia
Guest Editors

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  • Sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • Sustainable tourism development
  • Wise cities
  • Education for sustainability

Published Papers

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