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CfP Special Issue "Product Development for Sustainable Tourism"


The journal “Sustainability” (IF 2.576) is hosting a Special Issue on "Product Development for Sustainable Tourism".

More information here: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Product_Tourism

The submission deadline is 1 June 2021.

Editors are Dr Julia N. Albrecht (University of Otago, NZ)  and Dr Marco Haid (UMIT, Austria)


Tourism research and literature tend to address and discuss sustainability at the macro and destination levels. Comparatively little attention is paid to the business and product levels. Despite receiving much attention in academia, politics (though not policy), and the media, little real progress in sustainability is seen in destinations and industries with relevance to tourism. At the business level, indifferent and unresponsive attitudes may be amplified as businesses struggle to adapt to a (post)-COVID-19 world.

This Special Issue seeks to address this shortcoming by specifically calling for contributions that focus on tourism products for sustainability and sustainable destinations. As the tourism value proposition and the destination offer are essentially the conglomerate of individual (business) offers within, and outside of the destination, attention on sustainable tourism product development is long overdue.

We welcome contributions in the form of systematic literature reviews, case studies, research articles, and research notes. Their focus should be on tourism products or product types; product development processes for sustainable tourism; related governance, planning, and/ or (strategic) management; relevant stakeholder interactions; legal settings; types of tourism products; and destination settings. Additional possible topics outside of but related to tourism include but are not limited to sports, nature-oriented activities, health-promoting and rehabilitating offers, and regionality.

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 and applications.