Sustainable tourism: development, decline and de-growth. Management issues from the Isle of Man

B. Canavan
  • Journal of Sustainable Tourism, July 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2013.819876

Sustainable Tourism Decline: It Matters!

What is it about?

Tourism decline can involve significant economic, social and environmental upheaval. Sustainable management of tourism should therefore be applied to decline as well as development. This is an important consideration for both theory and practice.

Why is it important?

Many tourism destinations worldwide face stagnating and declining tourism levels. This can threaten to undermine economic, social and environmental sustainability in a location. It is important that the disruption decline might involve is appreciated and addressed.


Dr Brendan Canavan (Author)
University of Huddersfield

We tend to carefully manage growth but forget about decline. Yet tourism decline is something many destinations have, are or will experience. Managing decline in a sustainable way is important to making sure this process minimises potentially negative disruption.

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