Managing for sustainable tourism: A review of six cultural World Heritage sites

Landorf, Christine (2009) Managing for sustainable tourism: A review of six cultural World Heritage sites. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 17 1: 53-70. doi:10.1080/09669580802159719

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Author Landorf, Christine
Title Managing for sustainable tourism: A review of six cultural World Heritage sites
Journal name Journal of Sustainable Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-9582
Publication date 2009-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09669580802159719
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 53
End page 70
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This paper considers the relationship between heritage tourism and sustainable development, with special reference to World Heritage Sites (WHSs). It notes that while WHS status is not necessarily linked to tourism growth, all WHSs must now develop and implement a management plan to mitigate tourism impacts and sustain site significance. The paper explores the concept of sustainable heritage tourism and identifies two key principles of sustainable practice - a planning process that is long term and holistic, and multiple stakeholder participation in that planning process. Qualitative content analysis is used to determine the extent to which these principles have been integrated into the tourism planning process at six WHSs. The study found that a formal goal-oriented planning process was in evidence at all six sites. However, the process lacked a comprehensive and holistic approach to the wider issues of sustainable development, and genuine engagement with local community stakeholders.
Keyword Heritage tourism
Heritage management
Stakeholder collaboration
Sustainable development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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