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Sustainability as a key driver to address challenges

Célia Veiga (School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal)
Margarida Custódio Santos (School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal)
Paulo Águas (School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal)
José António C. Santos (School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 3 December 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to address the paradigm changes currently affecting tourism: the increasingly recognisable signs of irreversible climate change and the consequences of this and overtourism for service providers, destinations and tourists’ experiences. A more specific objective was to identify good practices carried out by destinations and companies in different tourism sectors to increase sustainability.

Design/methodology/approach

The research involved examining the academic, institutional and trade literature to develop an overview of the most important challenges and an accurate portrayal of how innovative and proactive companies and destination managers are addressing these issues.

Findings

Increased tourism demand has contributed to social and environmental unsustainability in tourism. Although the tourism sector has already implemented sustainable initiatives, an accurate quantification and measurement of these practices’ real impacts on global tourism’s sustainability is not yet possible.

Originality/value

This study’s value arises from the systematic identification of the implications of climate change and overtourism as major features of a paradigm shift in tourism. This paper also presents a set of good practices to provide tourism stakeholders with more sustainable strategies and inspire these entities to adopt appropriate measures.

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Citation

Veiga, C., Santos, M.C., Águas, P. and Santos, J.A.C. (2018), "Sustainability as a key driver to address challenges", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 10 No. 6, pp. 662-673. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-08-2018-0054

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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