Sustainable tourism implementation in urban areas: a case study of London

Maxim, Cristina ORCID: (2016) Sustainable tourism implementation in urban areas: a case study of London. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 24 (7). pp. 971-989. ISSN 0966-9582

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Sustainable tourism is a concept widely embraced by managers and planners of tourist destinations. However, it has received little attention in the context of urban tourism, an area of research that has until recently been largely neglected by academics. This paper contributes to the body of knowledge on sustainable tourism implementation in large cities, by using London as an exploratory case study. Through the collection and analysis of both primary and secondary data (online survey, semi-structured interviews and document analysis), it seeks to explore whether local authorities have implemented policies towards sustainable tourism in the capital. The findings indicate that although the concept of sustainable tourism is perceived as important by policy makers, only a few local authorities in London promote its principles in their policy documents and even fewer have initiatives to put them in practice. Most of these initiatives are isolated activities which address limited aspects of sustainable tourism. The paper concludes that despite some progress made to date, in the current economic climate, growth and development remain the main objectives of governments and local authorities, while social and environmental issues are often left behind.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/09669582.2015.1115511
Additional Information: © 2016 Taylor & Francis. This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 24 (7), available online at:
Keywords: Sustainable tourism, urban tourism, large cities, local government, London
Subjects: Hospitality and tourism
Depositing User: Cristina Maxim
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 18:06
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:43


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