More or Less Sustainable? Assessment from a Policy Perspective

Petrevska, Biljana and Terzic, Aleksandra and Andreeski, Cvetko (2020) More or Less Sustainable? Assessment from a Policy Perspective. Sustainability, 12 (8). pp. 1-16.

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Sustainability of tourism destinations has become the main focus in planning and managing
tourism development. Despite existing legislation and an institutional framework to safeguard
balanced tourism growth, many destinations fail to properly address it. So far, studies are limited
in exploring sustainable tourism impacts from a policy perspective. This study follows previous
ones in using the triple bottom line sustainability approach to define tourism impacts. It argues,
in particular, for a nexus between understanding of policy perception and sustainability, and it applies
this to tourist destinations in Serbia to determine whether they are operating sustainably. For this
purpose, the data were collected using a combination of multiple methods, involving interviews with
policymakers and content analysis of strategic documents. This study further suggests a model that
assesses the extent of the sustainability of tourist destinations. The results illustrate the importance
of understanding policy perceptions in shaping and facilitating sustainability and informing policy
enablers on how to improve and reform current tourism development. The model can be adopted and
applied to any tourist destination facing an inevitable need to re-shape their tourism development
plans and policies, while the implications address the need to build a participative policy approach to
sustainable tourism development.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Economics and Business
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality
Depositing User: Prof. d-r Cvetko Andreeski
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2023 08:15
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2023 08:15

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