Call for Contributions - Tourism and Sustainable Development: Understanding the Links Between the Tourism Industry and the Sustainable Development of Geospace

The tourism industry represents a very important segment of the global economy, which, due to the rapid demographic growth and rising standards of living of certain sections of the world population, recorded very dynamic growth in the second half of the 20th century. The positive effects of such trends are multiple: rising revenues from the sale of tourism services, greater opportunities to meet new cultures, identities and traditions of different nations resulting in a greater degree of understanding and tolerance among people, a stimulating effect on the growth of innovation in this service sector, etc. The development of the tourism industry on a global scale also points to some of the negative aspects of the process, the most important of which is that of sustainable development. Given that natural resources are intensively used and consumed in the process of providing tourism services, the impact of tourism on the environment and the ecosystem is enormous. If managed effectively, tourism can make a significant contribution to regional development. Otherwise, tourism development can have very negative effects on nature and society.

Increasing awareness of the interrelated, highly complex, effects of tourism and environmental development, in conjunction with the development of new technologies, should help policy makers formulate such policies that will allow the further development of tourism to be sustainable. Sustainable tourism, in its purest sense, is an industry that has a minimal impact on the environment and local culture, while at the same time helping to generate income, creating job opportunities and protecting local ecosystems.

Bearing in mind the interdependence of the conscious tourism industry, the sustainable development of geospace, and the need to look at the elements of that interdependence and the links that exist between them, we invite you to send us original research papers, survey papers, case studies and academic articles, and thus take part in a book entitled: Tourism and Sustainable Development: Understanding the Links Between the Tourism Industry and the Sustainable Development of Geospace.

The book Tourism and Sustainable Development: Understanding the Links Between the Tourism Industry and the Sustainable Development of Geospace is a part of edition World Sustainability Series published by Springer the world´s leading peer-reviewed book series on sustainable development. The series has published 30 volumes to date, involving over 700 individual contributions and in excess of 1.000 authors from around the world. Accepted submissions have officially counted over the years as a high-level publication output for promotion/tenure purposes. Springer, the publisher of the Series, is among the top 5 scientific publishers, and is a company with a long publishing tradition, and a worldwide presence and distribution network.

Contributions are being sought in all areas related to tourism and sustainable development. These include, but are not limited to the following themes:
Sustainable tourism and globalization
Sustainable tourism - destination planning and monitoring
Sustainable tourism vs Sustainable development (social, economic, environmental, cultural aspect)
Different forms of sustainable tourism (rural-, agro-, eco-, community-... tourism): new perspectives
Sustainable tourism through public-private partnership
Tourism as a factor of reconciliation in post-conflict societies
Impact of technologies and innovation on tourism sustainable development
Sustainable business practices in tourism
Governance and public policies for sustainable tourism: a critical view
Innovative methodologies in sustainable tourism research
Sustainable tourism and responsible consumption (as individual choice)
Other topics may also be considered, and interested authors should contact the Editorial Team to discuss them.

Submission of abstracts: 1st March 2020
Submission of full papers: 1st July 2020
Submission of revised papers: 1st October 2020
Expected publication: 1st March 2021

Expressions of interest, consisting of 200 words abstract which must contain the full names, institutional and contact details of the authors (no abstracts will otherwise be considered) should be sent as soon as possible, but no later than 1st March 2020, to worldsustainabilityseries[at]gmail[dot]com in line with the above deadlines.

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