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Title: Overview: tourism sustainability in the Alpine region: the major trends and challenges
Authors: Dornier, Raphaël
Mauri, Chiara
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Emerald
Bibliographic citation: Dornier Raphaël, Mauri Chiara (2018), Overview: tourism sustainability in the Alpine region: the major trends and challenges. In: Worldwide hospitality and tourism themes, vol. 10, n. 2, 2018, p. 136-139. ISSN 1755-4217. e-ISSN 1755-4225. DOI 10.1108/WHATT-12-2017-0078.
Abstract: Purpose: This introductory paper aims to provide a broad overview of the significance and contributions of this theme issue. Design/methodology/approach: This introductory paper draws from the papers presented at a conference on tourism and local development in the Alpine region (Courmayeur, Italy, June 26-27, 2017). Sustainable tourism from different perspectives was a core topic at this conference, and it is a theme widely discussed in the literature. Findings: Sustainability in mountain tourism has many facets, and it involves many aspects of tourism management: mobility and mobility infrastructure; global warming, snow shortage and long-term viability of ski stations; pollution and clean air; price of accessibility; stakeholders’ involvement and networking; and cross-border partnerships. The tourism literature has always been in transition, with many disciplines contributing to its development. Sustainability adds new perspectives that enrich the field and broaden the horizon and discussion. Even though each paper has its own specific conclusion, there are several key themes that emerge from most of the papers. Among these, sustainability is stimulating a re-think of the “classical” products and services provided in mountain destinations, particularly in relation to the winter season. Snow, water and other physical resources typical of mountain regions can no longer be taken for granted, and their progressive scarcity requires a long-term view. Practical implications: The findings indicate that it will be necessary to encourage tourists to try and explore the wider range of products and services that a mountain destination can offer. To facilitate this, tourism operators will need to configure a broader and richer experience in the future. The issue of sustainability involves many stakeholders, who can combine their knowledge, competences and activities to maximize the attractiveness of a location while preserving its resources for the future. Originality/value: The value of this paper is that it highlights the key themes and perspectives that sustainable tourism is raising.
Journal/Book: Worldwide hospitality and tourism themes
ISSN: 1755-4217
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