Sustainable tourism in sensitive environments: a wolf in sheep's clothing?

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Sustainable tourism has become a widely adopted term that has allowed many tourism developments to take place under its rubric that are less than sustainable and have been located in sensitive areas that have not all been suitable for such development. The paper reviews the origin and shortcomings of the concept and some of the implications of the resulting problems. It argues for a more critical review of so-called sustainable forms of tourism and for a focus to shift towards increasing the resilience of destinations, particularly those in sensitive areas, in order to shield them from the effects of inappropriate or excessive tourism development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1789
Number of pages11
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2018


  • resilience
  • sensitive environments
  • sustainable tourism
  • tourism effects


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