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Special Issue "The Effect of Leisure and Recreation on Sustainable Tourism"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2021) | Viewed by 7417

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Tsung Hung Lee
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Chief Guest Editor
Graduate School of Leisure and Exercise Studies, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, 123, Section 3, University Road, Touliu 640, Yunlin, Taiwan
Interests: sustainable tourism; community-based tourism; ecotourism; nature-based tourism; aboriginal tourism
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Prof. Dr. Fen-Hauh Jan
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Tourism and Hospitality, TransWorld University, Touliu, Taiwan
Interests: tourist’s behavior; environmentally responsible behavior; community-based tourism; sustainable tourism
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Dr. Pei-Shiang Chang
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Assistant Guest Editor
Graduate School of Leisure and Exercise Studies, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan
Interests: festival tourism; tourist behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Reducing the impacts of tourism on the environment has become an important issue. A theoretical framework for assessing the effect of leisure and recreation on sustainable tourism is required. This Special Issue will contribute to the study of sustainable tourism by presenting a wide range of papers on ‘The Effect of Leisure and Recreation on Sustainable Tourism’ from the field of natural and social science. Papers that develop state-of-the-art methods for assessing the effect of leisure and recreation on sustainable tourism, leisure and recreation behavior on sustainable tourism, new frameworks for managerial implications, and methods for monitoring environmental impacts to promote sustainable tourism, are all welcome. This Special Issue will elucidate original theoretical frameworks and valuable insights for supporting tourism development.

Although leisure, recreation, and tourism have economic benefits and directly help local communities, industries, and nations achieve sustainable development, it also has critical environmental impacts, such as greenhouse gas emissions, which are associated with travel, accommodation, and recreational activities. Leisure, recreation, and tourism not only cause environmental or ecological degradation of a destination but also have an impact on global warming. Consequently, reducing the impacts of leisure, recreation, and tourism on the environment has become an important issue. A theoretical framework for assessing the effect of leisure and recreation on sustainable tourism is thus required. This Special Issue will contribute to the study of sustainable tourism by presenting a wide range of papers on ‘The Effect of Leisure and Recreation on Sustainable Tourism’ from the field of natural and social science. Papers that develop state-of-the-art methods for assessing the effect of leisure and recreation on sustainable tourism, leisure and recreation behavior on sustainable tourism, new frameworks for managerial implications, and methods for monitoring environmental impacts to promote sustainable tourism, are all welcome.

Prof. Dr. Tsung Hung Lee
Prof. Dr. Fen-Hauh Jan
Dr. Pei-Shiang Chang
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • tourism impacts
  • leisure
  • recreation
  • sustainable tourism
  • global warming

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The Effect of Leisure and Recreation on Sustainable Tourism: An Editorial Commentary
Sustainability 2022, 14(1), 54; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su14010054 - 21 Dec 2021
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This article aims to introduce a Special Issue that contains five chosen articles on sustainability [...] Full article
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Comparing Sensory Experience Creation Process of Visitors with Hearing Impairment and General Visitors in Hong Kong Wetland Park
Sustainability 2022, 14(13), 7676; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su14137676 - 23 Jun 2022
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Universal accessibility and barrier-free experience of public spaces such as parks are at the frontier of social sustainability and disability research. Such accessible and quality public spaces are characterized by enjoyable sensory stimuli and facilitating factors determining the process of sensory experience creation. [...] Read more.
Universal accessibility and barrier-free experience of public spaces such as parks are at the frontier of social sustainability and disability research. Such accessible and quality public spaces are characterized by enjoyable sensory stimuli and facilitating factors determining the process of sensory experience creation. Among visitors with sensory impairment such as different ranges of hearing loss, an understanding and a comparison of this process with that of general visitors is largely absent. This paper presents a comparative investigation of the sensory experience creation process between visitors with hearing impairment (HI) and that of general visitors in the Hong Kong Wetland Park. This study incorporates a series of field visits to the Wetland Park with a sample of 104 HI participants and their self-reported, questionnaire-based survey, in parallel with 279 general visitor surveys. Through an inter-group statistical comparison between HI sub-groups of severe hearing loss and mild hearing loss and general visitors who reported no hearing difficulty, the findings suggest three variables with significant difference, namely, experienced tactile sense, interactions with other visitors, and feelings of attachment to the Wetland Park. HI experience-based recommendations are categorized into park features and environment and programming and experience enhancement. Full article
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A Model for Sustainable Tourism Development of Hot Spring Destinations Following Poverty Alleviation: Understanding the Tourists’ Perspective
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9856; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13179856 - 02 Sep 2021
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Few studies have examined the issue of the sustainable destination development of hot spring from tourists’ perspective. This study thus proposes a model for sustainable tourism development of hot spring destinations following poverty alleviation in local communities. This model is based on environmental [...] Read more.
Few studies have examined the issue of the sustainable destination development of hot spring from tourists’ perspective. This study thus proposes a model for sustainable tourism development of hot spring destinations following poverty alleviation in local communities. This model is based on environmental (environmental cognition), sociocultural (hot spring experience, food experience, and attitude toward cultural landscape), and economic (revisit intention) dimensions (factors) of sustainability. The analysis of 271 valid on-site questionnaires about the Conghua hot spring destination in Guangzhou, China, showed that the attitude toward cultural landscape, hot spring experiences, and environmental cognition are the important factors that influence the intention of tourists to revisit hot spring. These findings are based on the level of importance; however, food experience did not play a significant role. Through the cultural landscape, the connection between tourists and destinations is strengthened, which helps to increase the likelihood of tourists revisiting the destination. This study found that the purpose of cultural legacy can be achieved while balancing environmental development issues, and is one of the guidelines for sustainable development in poverty alleviation in destination. Full article
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Choice Experiment Method for Sustainable Tourism in Theme Parks
Sustainability 2021, 13(13), 7146; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13137146 - 25 Jun 2021
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Previous relevant studies on theme parks lack an exploration of various tourism attributes, e.g., recreational facilities, themes, wait times, fast pass drawings, and pricing, etc., all of which inspired the research motivation of this study. First, the Choice Experiment (CE) method explores tourists’ [...] Read more.
Previous relevant studies on theme parks lack an exploration of various tourism attributes, e.g., recreational facilities, themes, wait times, fast pass drawings, and pricing, etc., all of which inspired the research motivation of this study. First, the Choice Experiment (CE) method explores tourists’ preferences for theme park attributes. Second, the Conditional Logit (CL) and Random Parameter Logit (RPL) models explore the differences in tourists’ willingness to pay (WTP) for various attributes from the perspective of their socioeconomic background. We used purposive sampling to survey questionnaire answers face-to-face in Taiwan, and a total of 680 questionnaires were issued, of which, 549 copies are valid, with an effective recovery rate of 80.7%. The research findings suggest the following: (1) The most valued theme park attributes for consumers are the recreational facilities, followed by theme characteristics, and fast pass drawing. (2) Regarding the respondents’ WTP for various attributes, they are willing to pay the highest price for thrilling recreational facilities, then for unlimited fast pass services, and cartoon character themes. (3) Respondents believe that if thrilling recreational facilities and fast pass drawing are available at the same time, then the overall effectiveness will be improved. (4) Respondents relatively have no purchase intention for fast pass drawing. It is hoped that the research findings can provide theme park operators reference basis for making plans and decisions. Full article
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Place Attachment and Environmentally Responsible Behavior: The Mediating Role of Destination Psychological Ownership
Sustainability 2021, 13(12), 6809; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13126809 - 16 Jun 2021
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This study aimed to explore the relationship between place attachment and environmentally responsible behavior, and to verify the mediating role of destination psychological ownership in the above relationship. We surveyed scuba divers in Taiwan as the research subjects and obtained 361 valid questionnaires. [...] Read more.
This study aimed to explore the relationship between place attachment and environmentally responsible behavior, and to verify the mediating role of destination psychological ownership in the above relationship. We surveyed scuba divers in Taiwan as the research subjects and obtained 361 valid questionnaires. After conducting a literature review and examining related theories, we proposed a theoretical model and used the structural equation model for analysis. The results showed that the overall model fitted well, place dependence directly affected place identity, and place dependence and place identity both positively and directly influenced environmentally responsible behavior. Furthermore, the testing showed that destination psychological ownership could play a mediating role on the relationship between place attachment and environmentally responsible behavior. Full article
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Evaluating the Authenticity of Naxi Music in Three Stages from the Perspective of Naxi Musicians: An Application of Lacan’s Mirror Stage Theory
Sustainability 2021, 13(7), 3720; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13073720 - 26 Mar 2021
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How do people evaluate the transformation of a local music scene under tourism? Using Jacques Lacan’s mirror stage theory, Manuel Castells’ identity theory and Erik Cohen’s authentication theory, we build a framework to judge the authenticity of Naxi music in Lijiang, China, based [...] Read more.
How do people evaluate the transformation of a local music scene under tourism? Using Jacques Lacan’s mirror stage theory, Manuel Castells’ identity theory and Erik Cohen’s authentication theory, we build a framework to judge the authenticity of Naxi music in Lijiang, China, based on interviews, literature analysis and performance analysis. The conclusions are as follows. First, there are significant differences in authenticity among the three stages of Naxi music, as defined by Lacan’s theory. Second, we modify Erik Cohen’s authentication concept from the perspective of Lacan and read the spirit of persistence and innovation as “hot” authentication in the postmirror stage. Naxi musicians have clear project identity, as defined by Manuel Castells. Project identity means that they do not follow the mirror image of tourists blindly and pay attention to music and their own development. This research contributes to the sustainable development of intangible cultural heritage in tourism. Full article
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How Can Marriage Immigrants Contribute to the Sustainability of the Host Country? Implications from the Leisure and Travel Patterns of Vietnamese Women in South Korea
Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1039; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13031039 - 20 Jan 2021
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This qualitative exploratory study focuses on marriage immigrant women and explores the possibility they might contribute to the sustainability of the host country. A sustainable society, the contribution of visiting friends and relatives (VFR) tourism to destination sustainability, information behavior, and fringe stakeholder [...] Read more.
This qualitative exploratory study focuses on marriage immigrant women and explores the possibility they might contribute to the sustainability of the host country. A sustainable society, the contribution of visiting friends and relatives (VFR) tourism to destination sustainability, information behavior, and fringe stakeholder involvement for sustainable destination management are the focus of this study. Vietnamese marriage immigrant women in South Korea were investigated; the reasons for the investigation include: their increasing numbers, their significance caused by the roles both at the household and the societal levels, and the increased diplomatic ties between Vietnam and South Korea. The narratives of 16 informants about their leisure, hosting of friends and relatives, and information sharing patterns show that Vietnamese marriage immigrant women’s leisure and travel facilitate their subjective well-being and the enhancement of social capital, which potentially contribute to a sustainable society. Their hosting experience of the visits of friends and relatives, and its implications for sustainability, are further discussed. Furthermore, their roles as information mediators suggest their potential to contribute to the formation of the host country reputation. Self-appraisal of their unique travel patterns provides implications for involving this group for destination management. We consider both their importance and constraints as contributors to the host country attaining sustainability, and the implications are discussed. Full article
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