Global importance, local problems: Degrowth in Italian World Heritage destinations

Alberto Amore, Bailey Ashton Adie

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Published conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

    164 Downloads (Pure)


    Destinations face nowadays increasing pressure from ever-growing tourist visitation driven by an overall increase in expendable income and the emergences of new tourism markets. This places considerable stress on both the ecological and social fabric of both established and emerging tourist locales. Recent calls for more sustainable and responsible tourism practices have trended towards degrowth as a viable alternative to traditional economic activity. However, the application of these policies can be complicated in mature destinations that are very economically reliant on tourism. Similarly, emerging destinations may overlook the signs of growing resource depletion in the name of steady local economic growth. This chapter presents degrowth policies and practices with evidence from a mature World Heritage destination (Cinque Terre, Italy) and an emerging World Heritage destination (Northern Dolomites, Italy), where recent ecological disasters as well as tourist congestion concerns have led to a shift towards the implementation of certain degrowth measures. These examples will be used to critically examine the concept of degrowth within mature and emerging World Heritage destinations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDegrowth and Tourism
    Subtitle of host publicationNew perspectives on tourism entrepreneurship, destinations and policy
    EditorsC. Michael Hall, Linda Lundmark, Jundan (Jasmine) Zhang
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9780429320590
    ISBN (Print)9780367335656
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2020

    Publication series

    NameContemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility


    Dive into the research topics of 'Global importance, local problems: Degrowth in Italian World Heritage destinations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this