Special Issue "Nature-Based Solutions in Tourism and Hospitality"

A special issue of Tourism and Hospitality (ISSN 2673-5768).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2022) | Viewed by 2394

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Chiara Giachino
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Department of Management, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Interests: tourism; consumer behaviour; entrepreneurship; cultural marketing
Dr. Alessandro Bonadonna
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Department of Management, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Interests: food tourism; sustainable tourism; consumer behaviour; quality management
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Dr. Giulio Pattanaro
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Independent Researcher, Bruxelles, Belgium
Interests: sustainable tourism; destination marketing and management

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Dear Colleagues,

The search for solutions, which are sustainable from both an environmental and social point of view but also capable of generating economic profit/benefits, has become important for the tourism sector. This is also due to the ever-increasing demand for greener and more environmentally friendly tourism products. In this context, the tourism sector is more and more oriented towards designing and developing innovative products, initiatives and infrastructures that make use of existing natural solutions and combine natural, cultural and manufactured heritage in a coherent manner; the so-called nature-based solutions.

The Tourism and Hospitality journal is planning a Special Issue to explore the potential of nature-based solutions in tourism and in the following context: mountain, urban, rural and disadvantaged areas.

Possible research questions and topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • How can nature-based solutions be defined? Has their definition evolved over time?
  • Are nature-based solutions an attractive element for tourism development?
  • Are nature-based solutions an attractive element for tourists? For which segment of tourists in particular?
  • Is there a different perception among generations about nature-based solutions?
  • What is the role of social media in raising awareness about nature-based solutions?
  • In the pandemic period, can nature-based solutions be seen as an attractive element for tourists?
  • What makes nature-based solutions of interest for the development of tourism, and mountain tourism in particular? Are there any best-practice examples?
  • How can marketing help the development of nature-based solutions in tourism?
  • Which are the most interesting projects/perspectives of nature-based solutions in urban context?
  • How can the geography of an area be modified by nature-based solutions?

Studies that use real-time data are particularly welcome. Quantitative studies based on microdata are especially appreciated. Case studies for specific regions, surveys and reviews on topic are also welcome. 

Dr. Chiara Giachino
Dr. Alessandro Bonadonna
Dr. Giulio Pattanaro
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • nature-based solutions
  • mountain tourism
  • urban areas
  • rural areas
  • proximity tourism
  • domestic tourism
  • sustainable tourism
  • eco-tourism
  • social media
  • sustainable development

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What Tourists Want, a Sustainable Paradise
Tour. Hosp. 2022, 3(1), 164-183; https://doi.org/10.3390/tourhosp3010013 - 09 Feb 2022
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The increasing complexity of tourism and sustainability offers opportunities and challenges among diverse stakeholder perspectives. The need for sustainable and nature-based approaches exists throughout the growing body of literature from among a number of dimensions and measures. One of the overarching goals of [...] Read more.
The increasing complexity of tourism and sustainability offers opportunities and challenges among diverse stakeholder perspectives. The need for sustainable and nature-based approaches exists throughout the growing body of literature from among a number of dimensions and measures. One of the overarching goals of the paper is to examine whether tourists will choose a destination or hotel that is actively working to improve the environment while examining how Hawaii’s tourism is nature-based as well as other measures of sustainability while enjoying a slice of paradise in the Hawaiian Islands. This study explores tourism sustainability concerns in Hawaii, such as the influence of the tourist sector on the environment and will address if Hawaii should be recognized as a sustainable tourism destination. A survey instrument was developed where 454 respondents participated. According to the findings of this research, tourists visiting Hawaii support environmentally sustainable tourism practices leading towards a more sustainable tourist destination. Full article
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Railway and Tourism: A Systematic Literature Review
Tour. Hosp. 2022, 3(1), 69-79; https://doi.org/10.3390/tourhosp3010005 - 18 Jan 2022
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From the second half of the 20th century, numerous railways, especially in industrial and mining areas, were abandoned for economic reasons. The activism of the “railfans”, who are fond of trains, has made it possible to set up voluntary associations that have been [...] Read more.
From the second half of the 20th century, numerous railways, especially in industrial and mining areas, were abandoned for economic reasons. The activism of the “railfans”, who are fond of trains, has made it possible to set up voluntary associations that have been the lifeblood of the beginning of projects for the recovery of the historic railway heritage and the promotion of it in a touristic sense. This topic is worthy of attention, and during recent years it has been the focus of several research papers. A systematic literature review was performed using the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyzes) methodology. This tool is a minimal set of evidence-based elements aimed at helping authors to carry out a systematic literature review. This systematic literature review sought to consolidate knowledge on the subject. The research team formulated three research questions related to the dynamics of railway heritage recovery, the dynamics of railway tourism and the relationship between sustainability and railway tourism. The findings highlighted that the railway tourism process always originates from a project for the restoration of railway heritage, possibly maintaining authenticity. The voluntary associations, along with their “railfans”, are the main stakeholder, not only preserving the rail heritage but also developing railway tourism activities. The touristic railway could regenerate the local community, with positive benefits on the local economy. Many tourists could be attracted by railway tourism destinations in that they wish to live memorable experiences related to the nostalgia of the past. Full article
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