This special issue focuses on the direct role of eco-cultural tourism (i.e. mountain tourism) as a potential contributor to household income, under socio-ecological inter-impacting relations and constraints. Since the second half of the twentieth century, mass eco-cultural tourism has been the core potential income provider in rural and remote areas.
The rival tourism economy forces socio-economic transitions and socio-ecological changes. Globally, mountain ranges fall under different development settings, as all undergo transitions and changes under similar aspects and different environmental capacities. This is an indigenous (local community) response to commercialisation and the modern mountain economy.
Mountain tourism as a local alternative and option influences the micro-value of natural landscapes (e.g. ecolodges and trekking trails networks), while physically and/or functionally reshaping cultural landscapes (e.g. farmsteads/orchards as a seasonal agro-tourism facilities). The mountain tourism economy provides local markets with a potential competitive advantage for a variety of local products and services.
We invite submissions addressing mountainous eco-cultural tourism and socio-ecology in theory and practice. Specialists/authors in (but not limited to) human and physical geography; landscape; ecology; environmental management and economy; tourism and heritage studies; anthropology; and sociology are encouraged to contribute.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Eco-cultural tourism physical planning and networks
- Reuse and revival of cultural heritage and landscapes, including experimental archaeology
- Nature reserve regulations and policies
- Sustainable and unsustainable practice(s)/experience(s)
- Indigenous people and mountain tourism
- New markets for mountain products and/or services
- Corporative governance and decision making
- Quantitative limitations of environmental and ecological capacity(ies)
- Geo-based land use distribution patterns
- Social incentives for population 'counter depopulation' and inflow migration 'rural mobility'
- Interdisciplinary predictive models
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 1 November, 2012
Notification of unconditional/conditional acceptance/rejection to authors: 1 February, 2013
Final acceptance of manuscript: 1 April, 2013