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Special Issue "Tourism, Governance and Sustainable Development"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 February 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Francisco Antonio dos Anjos

Univesidade do Vale do Itajaí, Balneário Camboriú, Brazil
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Interests: tourism governance; destination management; competitiveness and destination image
Guest Editor
Dr. James Kennell

Tourism Research Centre, Department of Marketing, Events and Tourism, University of Greenwich, London, UK
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Interests: tourism policy; tourism governance; destination development; susatinable growth in tourism; sustinable events management; tourism and culture; tourism and economic development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Effective governance is a fundamental condition for the sustainable development of tourist destinations. The inherent complexity of tourism also requires that its development be accompanied by efficient planning and management processes based on the basic principles of sustainability.  Previous studies in tourism governance have identified the shift from government to governance in tourism policy; the emergence of new networked and postmodern forms of governance affecting tourism; the changing roles of destination management organizations and the complexities of tourism governance in a globalized world. However, much of this research has been carried out in the developed core countries of the international tourism industry. There is a need to bring together new research on this topic from more diverse geographical and socio-economic perspectives, as well as to re-examine the area of tourism governance in light of the many contemporary crises affecting the sustainability of tourism destinations. Connected to this, the sustainable management of tourism destinations also requires related research into areas including: tourism policy; overtourism, risk management; capacity studies; the quality of services and satisfaction of tourists; competitiveness; environmental impacts; digitalization and the smart economy, and many other topics. For this special issue, we invite colleagues who carry out research in areas connected to the theme of “Tourism, Governance and Sustainability” to submit their research papers for consideration in a Special Issue of the journal Sustainability, which will bring together a diverse range of research to provide a fresh perspective on these issues. In the first instance, please submit your abstracts by email to the Special Issue editors, who will review them and provide feedback on their suitability for this Special Issue. We particularly welcome submission from authors in developing and emerging economies, as well as research that focuses on these regions.

Dr. Francisco Antonio dos Anjos
Dr. James Kennell
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 monthly 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 1400 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.


  • Tourism Governance
  • Sustainable Destinations
  • Destination Management
  • Destination Image
  • Competitive Destinations
  • Tourism Policy
  • Tourism Planning
  • Local and Regional Leadership in Tourism
  • Risk management and tourism
  • Carrying Capacity
  • Service Quality
  • Tourist Satisfaction
  • Environmental indicators and information

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Open AccessArticle Attitudes and Perceptions of the Local Community towards Sustainable Tourism Development in Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq
Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 2991; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10092991
Received: 21 July 2018 / Revised: 18 August 2018 / Accepted: 21 August 2018 / Published: 23 August 2018
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Over the last years, tourism has undergone significant development worldwide, especially in developing countries. Tourism is a multi-faced activity with positive and negative impacts on the destinations, linking the economic, social, and environmental components of sustainable development. The attitude of the host community
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Over the last years, tourism has undergone significant development worldwide, especially in developing countries. Tourism is a multi-faced activity with positive and negative impacts on the destinations, linking the economic, social, and environmental components of sustainable development. The attitude of the host community is an important factor for future tourism planning, management, and development of a tourism destination. As such, the paper analyzes the attitudes and perceptions of the local residents from the Kurdistan Regional Government, located in the northern part of the Republic of Iraq. To achieve the purpose of the research, a survey based on a questionnaire was conducted in Sulaimani and Halabja Governorates. A number of 320 questionnaires were applied in 2016. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and principal component analysis. The results indicate that tourism is seen as a development sector during the last years. Its positive impacts are better perceived than the negative ones, mainly because it offers more recreational opportunities due to the development of new recreational parks. Tourism increases pollution, this being the most negative aspect mentioned by the respondents, but regardless, they are proud of the progress overthe last years and they support future actions for tourism development. Full article
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