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Exploring an Integrated Framework for Sustainable Tourism Development

May 06, 2019
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
TRS 3-129

Join us at the Ted Rogers School of Management on Monday, May 6, 2019, for Ryerson's Hospitality and Tourism Research Institute Speaker Series. Dr. Maria Della Lucia, from the University of Trento, will be discussing her case study analysis of interpreting and managing an integrated framework for sustainable tourism development in the Dolomites, a natural World Heritage Site in Italy.

The framework of the interpretation and management of sustainable tourism development connects and cross-fertilizes the relevant bodies of literature on sustainable tourism management and governance. It aims to integrate critical issues which have never been explored together, comprising the evaluation of the sustainability of current territorial development models, their development paths and the decisional and managerial processes that affect them over time. The integrated framework also incorporates the evolution that the conservation and management models of protected areas and UNESCO natural sites have undergone over the years. Its interpretive power may be extended also to these destinations/areas. The framework has been validated in the Dolomites Natural WHS in Italy: a complex trans-regional area lying almost entirely within protected areas of different types; designated after the integration of UNESCO’s operational guidelines with the core tenets of sustainable development; and showing a pronounced tourism-driven socio-economic divide. Mixed methods and tools were used to collect case evidence at the lowest administrative level. The most innovative – exploratory – method measured the (un)sustainability of tourism development of municipalities both within and outside the WHS. The results show that: sustainability is positively correlated with regulation and negatively correlated with intensity; different destination decision-making and strategies drove their past evolutionary paths; a municipality’s WHS status or tourism development type affects future development and decision-making.