Call for Papers | “Active Sport Ecotourism and Sustainability”, Special Issue of International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing. Call ends January 3, 2022

Sport ecotourism focuses on sustainable sport tourism in largely untouched natural and often rural environments. Ecotourism has helped extend an understanding of contributory effects associated with tourism accommodations, activities, and mobility includes economic stimulus, social, cultural, and environmental outcomes (Newland et al., 2021; Wicker et al., 2020). As a critical element of the ecotourism criteria, sustainability enables locations to measure event and tourism economic, socio-cultural, and environmental impacts (Getz 2008; Stoddard, et al., 2015). The World Tourism Organisation (2004) created the sustainability indicators to provide a foundation for the planning, management, and monitoring of tourism activities (Newland et al., 2021; Thomas et al., 2013). These indicators provide information on the impacts of tourism development, as well as environmental, socio-cultural conditions, and economical impacts on the host destination, otherwise known as the triple bottom line. Sustainable activities include: (1) environmental activities that minimise the damage to flora, fauna, water, soils, and energy use; (2) activities that maintain, revitalise, and protect social structures and cultural elements; and (3) economic undertakings that contribute to the well-being of the community, not a small few (Bien, 2006; O’Brien & Chalip, 2007; Thomas et al., 2013; WTO, 2004). A priority of sustainable ecotourism is that it offers an important source of financing the conservation of protected areas, like national parks (Brandon, 1996).

This special issue focuses on the importance of sustainable management and/or marketing practices of active sport ecotourism.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

      • Active tourism and sustainability
      • Sustainability of participatory events
      • Management of active sport ecotourism
      • Role of sport ecotourism in the community
      • Marketing of sport ecotourism
      • Management of sport ecotourism events
      • Consumer behaviour of active sport ecotourists
      • Friendly environmental practices/behaviours of sport ecotourism events
      • Community building and sport ecotourism
      • Ethics of sport ecotourism
      • Socio-cultural outcomes of participatory sport events
      • Environmental impacts of participatory sport events

Guest Editors

      • Dr. Thomas J. Aicher, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, USA
      • Dr. Bri L. Newland, New York University, USA

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

      • Manuscripts due by: 3 January, 2022
      • Notification to authors: 1 March, 2022
      • Final versions due by: 1 April, 2022
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