Special Issue "Tourism Planning and Sustainable Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2017).
Interests: sustainable tourism planning; community-driven tourism; tourism’s role in conservation; tourism’s role in human-wildlife conflict; climate change and tourism
Tourism and planning sometimes make for an uncomfortable partnership. On the one hand are the demands of developers and tourism businesses for growth and development, whilst, on the other, community and third sector (NGOs/CSOs) might be fearful of socio-cultural and environmental damage in the rush for success. This tension between so-called stakeholder groups is heightened when taking direct account of planning for tourism in the context of sustainability.
Research into the tourism-planning-sustainability nexus may focus on a number of global, regional, and local issues. For example, how can bridges be built effectively between the conflicting views of stakeholders? What counts as successful planning? What theoretical advances have been made in planning that takes account of flexible, digital societies? How do marginalised groups such as those on the economic and social periphery of mainstream society fare when big changes are brought about? Tourism already impacts on human society, physical and social infrastructure, and the natural environment. However, further impacts from, and to tourism are a certainty in the light of changing environmental and socio-economic conditions. These conditions may include the role of tourism planning in conservation and, in relation to climate change, how can community-driven tourism help in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD and REDD+, in UN terminology).
This Special Issue aims to discuss various ways in which tourism may bring about positive changes to communities, ecological systems, and/or infrastructures from theoretical and/or planning perspectives. We invite you to contribute to this Special Issue by submitting systematic literature reviews, case studies, research articles, field reports from NGOs/CSOs directly engaging communities in planning, and research notes that focus on the interaction between planning, sustainability, conservation, and tourism. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications. Applications from early career researchers are particularly welcome.
Prof. Dr. Peter M. Burns
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 semimonthly 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 1900 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.
- sustainable tourism planning
- community-led development
- tourism development
- sustainable tourism
- tourism’s role in REDD
- tourism and conservation
- tourism and ecosystems
- sustainable tourism and smart cities