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Desirable tourism transport futures

Peeters, P., Higham, J., Cohen, S., Eijgelaar, E. and Gössling, S. (2019) Desirable tourism transport futures Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 27 (2). pp 173-188.

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This editorial for the special issue on ‘Desirable Tourism Transport Futures’ explores approaches to transitioning the tourism sector to a sustainable emissions path. It starts by describing an undesirable tourism transport future associated with a business-as-usual scenario, which will inevitably cause the climate mitigation goals outlined in the Paris Climate Accord (2015) to soon become unattainable. We then outline a scenario for a climatically desirable future, the social and economic implications of which are explored. The challenge of mitigating climate change is critical to desirable tourism transportation futures, although to date relatively little attention has been paid to this aspect of sustainable tourism. This is an omission that must be urgently addressed. This special issue addresses desirable tourist transportation futures in relation to deep cut emissions reductions and, therefore, mitigation of climate change-induced environmental impacts. It is important that desirable tourism transport futures are critically considered in terms of both spatial and temporal scale. The scenarios that inform this introductory article provide some insights at the long-term macro-scale. These scenarios are associated with desirable and undesirable elements that will no doubt continue to be the subject of much debate and contestation. While these scenarios will represent both opportunities and threats to the full spectrum of tourism industry stakeholders, they should also inform manifold avenues of future research at a critical moment in the evolution of tourism transportation and the pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030).

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Peeters, P.
Higham, J.
Eijgelaar, E.
Gössling, S.
Date : 2019
DOI : 10.1080/09669582.2018.1477785
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Uncontrolled Keywords : Tourism transportation; Futures; Scenarios; Policy; Desirability; Climate change
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 23 May 2018 09:21
Last Modified : 07 Feb 2020 02:08

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