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Article Type: Editorial From: Tourism Review, Volume 63, Issue 1.
The third Leisure Futures Conference took place from February 14-16, 2007 in St Gallen, Switzerland. During the conference, 18 papers from colleagues all around the world have been presented. It is a great pleasure for us to announce the publication of the first series of these papers in this issue of the Tourism Review. Previous to the congress, the articles at hand have undergone a double blind review process. During the event, we have had time to give the authors a comprehensive feedback in a plenary session, visited by approximately 35 researchers (workbench sessions). A written review, summarizing the areas of improvement as well as a final review of the papers have made sure that the contributions you will read in this issue have a high quality standard.
In the previous double issue of the Tourism Review, we have presented the first part of the Leisure Futures contributions with eight papers, mainly focused on the topic of markets and resources. This issue contains the second and final part with four case papers. Mariangela Franch, Umberto Martini, Federica Buffa and Gerardine Parisi propose a framework for markets in mature destinations based on an empirically validated 4L-model of tourism (landscape, leisure, learning, and limit). A case for tourism in Antarctica and its trends is presented by Machiel Lamers, Daniela Haase, and Bas Amelung. They base their research on future opportunities for tour operators and discuss their development in this market. A second case in an environmentally sensitive area is proposed by Jeremy Northcote and Jim Macbeth. With the help of a survey of campers and fishers in the Ningaloo Marine Park, Australia they discuss the threshold of tolerability on the demand as well as on the supply side. With the help of a discrete choice experiment, Wiebke Unbehaun, Ulrike Pröbstl and Wolfgang Haider have surveyed Austrian skiers. Their results reveal the trade-off behaviour between various combinations of destination profiles, with particular regard to snow security.
We hope that this second issue provides their readers further insights into the results and discussions of the Leisure Futures 2007. We take the opportunity to thank the authors of these papers as well as the scientific committee of the conference, which was among others responsible for the scanning and reviewing process.
Pietro Beritelli, Christian Laesser, Thomas Bieger