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Mountain Tourism

Challenges in tourism, issues of sustainability and destination development

Tourism is often used as a development strategy for regional economies in rural and peripheral areas and has become a major economic factor in many mountain regions. The future development of tourism in these regions is crucial for sustaining or improving livelihoods. Sustainable development should aim at reducing negative externalities of tourism in the economic, ecological and social dimension, while fostering the positive impacts of tourism. Improving the adaptability of the tourism industry to external shocks and/or longer-term trends such as climate change, demographic change, digitization, etc. is also of great importance.

While the challenges for well-established tourism destinations (mass tourism destinations) may in many cases be different to the challenges emerging destinations are confronted with, the underlying processes and interrelationships within the tourism system and the region are likely to be similar and comparable. Therefore, the aim of this workshop is to discuss past and future tourism development both in tourism hot spots and emerging destinations and current challenges and actions taken in order to better understand these underlying processes and interrelationships.

In order to achieve this aim, the workshops consist of sessions where PhD students present their own work and try to contribute to the overarching aim of the workshop, as well as methodological sessions where approaches suitable for investigating the above-mentioned issues are critically examined and discussed. Participants of the workshop are encouraged to share their current research work and discuss open research questions with fellow PhD-students and senior researchers. Furthermore, the participants will conduct a small case study research task in order to become familiar with the venue location..

Method workshops will address the following areas:

  • Insights into qualitative tourism research
  • Experiments in Social Sciences
  • Structural Equation Modeling

The workshops are taught by experienced senior researchers and professors.

Specific research questions (further questions welcome)

  1. How should stakeholder engagement be managed in tourism destinations?
  2. What are the challenges of tourism development in protected areas?
  3. What is the role of governance for tourism development?
  4. How can tourism be developed while avoiding negative externalities?
  5. What are the boundaries of tourism development in Alpine valleys?

Daily Schedule

Will be published when registration of participants is completed.

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