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Sustainable Development of the City’s 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 (30 June 2022) | Viewed by 16599

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Dear Colleagues, 

Many cities and towns around the world which were once grappling with the consequences of overtourism are now looking for ways of recovering and rebuilding in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether stress is placed on urban centres due to hosting too many visitors, or insufficient numbers or types of visitors, to maintain desired levels of economic prosperity and vibrancy, cities must seek ways to design and nurture sustainable tourism development. While significant progress has been made in understanding the nature of sustainable tourism development, there still remains a number of important issues to be resolved. Therefore, this Special Issue of Sustainability welcomes contributions from researchers on the general theme of sustainable development of the city’s tourism, and in particular, suggested topics for this Special Issue include but are not limited to:

  • Models and methods of sustainable destination governance;
  • Residents’ perceptions and responses to unsustainable urban tourism;
  • Sustainable innovations for mature destinations;
  • Future proofing and planning for sustainable urban tourism development;
  • Indicators for measuring and tracking sustainable urban tourism development;
  • Role of local authorities in sustainable urban tourism development;
  • Role of de-marketing in achieving sustainable urban tourism development.

Prof. Dr. Andrea Insch
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Exploring the Driving Factors of Urban Music Festival Tourism and Service Development Strategies Using the Modified SIA-NRM Approach
by Jung-Jung Chang, Ruey-Feng Chen and Chia-Li Lin
Sustainability 2022, 14(12), 7498; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14127498 - 20 Jun 2022
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Urban music festivals play an important role in tourism. Festival tourism attracts fans and event participants from all over the world. They can contribute not only to the tourism industries but also to local and regional economic development. This study focuses on how [...] Read more.
Urban music festivals play an important role in tourism. Festival tourism attracts fans and event participants from all over the world. They can contribute not only to the tourism industries but also to local and regional economic development. This study focuses on how urban music festival tourism can successfully attract tourist participation. It explores the service needs and the critical factors that affect tourists’ favorable participation decisions. The SIA (Satisfaction Importance Analysis) approach was applied to evaluate the service performance aspects/criteria for urban music festival tourism. The study used the NRM (Network Relation Map) approach to determine the acceptation paths. This study also provides sustainable development strategies and suitable development paths through the SIA-NRM approach. The findings of this study reveal the ranking of importance of service attributes and performance qualities perceived by tourists of urban music festivals. It provides recommendations to the music festival organizers and for local governments’ strategic directions, leading to successful music festival tourism. Full article
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Can We Return to Our Normal Life When the Pandemic Is under Control? A Preliminary Study on the Influence of COVID-19 on the Tourism Characteristics of Taiwan
by Chung-Wei Kuo
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9589; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179589 - 26 Aug 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented destructive impacts and challenges to global industry and has had a wide impact on people’s lives. The threat of the virus has also caused a change in tourist travel consumption behavior. This study preliminarily examines the impact [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented destructive impacts and challenges to global industry and has had a wide impact on people’s lives. The threat of the virus has also caused a change in tourist travel consumption behavior. This study preliminarily examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism consumption characteristics of Taiwanese people. The consumption characteristic changes of 393 people regarding their plans for domestic and outbound tourism during the different stages of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as after the pandemic ends were surveyed and collected. This study also examined and attempted to understand the relationship between people’s satisfaction with the government’s revitalization plan, the pandemic prevention policy, and their domestic tourism frequency during the pandemic period, and the results showed that during the pandemic, people’s tourism characteristics have changed and tend to be conservative. Since the pandemic is over, while there were no significant differences between people’s planned travel expenditures in Taiwan and those before the outbreak, their intended travel time was shortened. Regarding the choice of travel equipment, people had reduced the use of public transportation. Regarding outbound tourism, after the pandemic, as people’s planned travel days will be reduced, it is expected that travel expenditures will be significantly higher than before the pandemic, which shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has an impact on people’s outbound tourism consumption characteristics. During the pandemic, compared with the subsidies for tourism, how to make people feel at ease in the process of tourism is of great importance. Therefore, it is suggested that in the short-term, border control and social pandemic prevention policies should be adopted to enhance people’s confidence in government pandemic prevention, and the general public should be supplemented with travel subsidies in order to promote people’s enthusiasm for tourism. The results of this study provide useful suggestions for government units, tour operators, and related research during the pandemic and offer preliminary insights for the recovery of the tourism industry after the pandemic. Full article
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Tourist Route Optimization in the Context of Covid-19 Pandemic
by Cristina Maria Păcurar, Ruxandra-Gabriela Albu and Victor Dan Păcurar
Sustainability 2021, 13(10), 5492; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105492 - 14 May 2021
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The paper presents an innovative method for tourist route planning inside a destination. The necessity of reorganizing the tourist routes within a destination comes as an immediate response to the Covid-19 crisis. The implementation of the method inside tourist destinations can bring an [...] Read more.
The paper presents an innovative method for tourist route planning inside a destination. The necessity of reorganizing the tourist routes within a destination comes as an immediate response to the Covid-19 crisis. The implementation of the method inside tourist destinations can bring an important advantage in transforming a destination into a safer one in times of Covid-19 and post-Covid-19. The existing trend of shortening the tourist stay length has been accelerated while the epidemic became a pandemic. Moreover, the wariness for future pandemics has brought into spotlight the issue of overcrowded attractions inside a destination at certain moments. The method presented in this paper proposes a backtracking algorithm, more precisely an adaptation of the travelling salesman problem. The method presented is aimed to facilitate the navigation inside a destination and to revive certain less-visited sightseeing spots inside a destination while facilitating conformation with the social distancing measures imposed for Covid-19 control. Full article
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Insights into the Mobility Pattern of Australians during COVID-19
by Hafiz Suliman Munawar, Sara Imran Khan, Zakria Qadir, Yusra Sajid Kiani, Abbas Z. Kouzani and M. A. Parvez Mahmud
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9611; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179611 - 26 Aug 2021
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease characterised by symptoms that are like the common cold. The current pandemic situation in anticipation of a vaccine has posed serious threats to the health and economic sectors of countries worldwide. To overcome the quick [...] Read more.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease characterised by symptoms that are like the common cold. The current pandemic situation in anticipation of a vaccine has posed serious threats to the health and economic sectors of countries worldwide. To overcome the quick transmission of the virus, the government of Australia has also taken drastic measures to prevent its spread. These policies include an international and interstate travel ban, social distancing rules, lockdown, shutdown of educational institutes and work-from-home policies. Such rules have affected people on both behavioural and psychological levels. This study aims to analyse the effect of COVID-19 on Australian citizens, and therefore, the changed behaviour of citizens concerning their mobility patterns, transport preferences and shopping methods under the pandemic have been studied. A detailed literature search was adopted for gathering data related to the study theme, along with real-time evidence of changes in the behaviour of people following the pandemic. The socioeconomic impact of the pandemic on social inequality and thereby the effect on the vulnerable people of the population are also studied. Authentic surveys and statistical data are consulted to figure out how the new lifestyle choices of people will linger in the post-pandemic era. It was found that people in Australia have adopted the work-from-home regime, and new habits suiting the nationwide restrictions have become routine for many people. Full article
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