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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).

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Additional Information: Editorial article for special issue of IJTC 7.4. Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited. Copyright © 2021, International Tourism Studies Association. 'This author accepted manuscript is deposited under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) licence. This means that anyone may distribute, adapt, and build upon the work for non-commercial purposes, subject to full attribution. If you wish to use this manuscript for commercial purposes, please contact'
Uncontrolled Keywords: tourism cities; sustainable tourism; urban tourism; sustainability; sustainable development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
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: 07 Jul 2022 12:32

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