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Implementation of Sustainable Tourism in the German Alps: A Case Study

  • What are the processes behind efforts for more sustainable mountain destinations in the German Alps and what are the views of different tourism stakeholders on these processes? The research deals both with threats pushing the agenda of sustainable development (such as climate change and depletion of resources), indicators of sustainable tourism (to measure the scope of change), as well as cross-border cooperation and stakeholder engagement in the German Alps. The data was collected through 30 interviews with individuals dealing with tourism development and sustainable tourism development in the German Alps. The findings suggest that a holistic approach and collection and dissemination of data and knowledge on sustainability are the basis for developing sustainable mountain tourism. Implementation and monitoring should focus on specific flagship sustainable tourism products, as well as on a destination in a broader sense and the sustainable tourism market. Three themes emerged as important for implementation of sustainable tourism in the German Alps: indicators of sustainable tourism, cross-border cooperation and stakeholder engagement.

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Document Type:Article
Language:English
Author:Ivan Paunović, Verka Jovanović
Parent Title (English):Sustainability
Volume:9
Issue:2
Article Number:226
ISSN:2071-1050
DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/su9020226
Publisher:MDPI
Place of publication:Basel
Date of first publication:2017/02/08
Keyword:climate change; cross-border cooperation; destination planning; mountain tourism; regional development; resources; stakeholders; sustainability
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Entry in this database:2023/02/27