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Sustainable tourism in urban destinations

Sustainable tourism in urban destinations

Day, Jonathon, Morrison, Alastair M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0754-1083 and Coca-Stefaniak, J. Andres ORCID: 0000-0001-5711-519X (2021) Sustainable tourism in urban destinations. International Journal of Tourism Cities, 7 (4). pp. 881-886. ISSN 2056-5607 (doi:

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The growing importance of urban centres has been a defining trend of the last century, with the majority of the world's population now living in cities (UN_DESA, 2018). As urbanization increases, cities are becoming larger and more complex. Today, more than 30 megacities have over 10 million inhabitants (UN, 2018). While urbanization has generated benefits, many challenges remain, and cities are at the forefront of efforts to support sustainability and address humanity's grand challenges (Coca-Stefaniak and Morrison, 2022). The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals designed to meet these challenges, and cities play a pivotal role in addressing these sustainability issues. The unique challenge of urban life is the focus of one of these goals, SDG 11 "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable." As is the case with many sustainability issues, SDG11 intersects with other sustainability goals. Social issues, including embracing diversity, equality, and inclusion (SDG 5 – gender equality, SDG 10 reduced inequalities), and the role of tourism in promoting these goals have become more prominent. Work conditions (SDG 9 decent work and economic growth) in tourism and hospitality have become a critical conversation in many countries. The "great resignation" highlights dissatisfaction with employment in the sector. Cities also face various environmental issues (SDG6 clean water and sanitation, SDG 7 affordable and clean energy, SDG), including the protection of natural habitats and biodiversity loss (SDG 14, SDG15).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Editorial article for special issue of IJTC 7.4
Uncontrolled Keywords: tourism cities; sustainable tourism; urban tourism; sustainability; sustainable development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:45

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