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Title: Data availability and accessibility for sustainable tourism: An assessment involving different European coastal tourism destinations
Authors: O'Mahony, C.
Ferreira, M.
Fernández-Palacios Vallejo, Maria Yaiza 
Cummins, V.
Haroun, R. 
UNESCO Clasification: 531290 Economía sectorial: turismo
241005 Ecología humana
Keywords: Coastal tourism
Eco-tourism
Indicator
Sustainability
Visitor information
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: 0749-0208
Journal: Journal of Coastal Research 
Conference: 10th International Coastal Symposium (ICS 2009) 
Abstract: Implementation of sustainable tourism practices is influenced by the availability and accessibility of relevant data; both as a means of progress evaluation and providing information to key stakeholders, e.g. regulators, service providers and visitors. A number of European coastal sites, of differing tourism profiles, were examined in the context of their capacity to assess sustainable tourism practices. An indicator-based approach, using environmental, socio-cultural and economic criteria, formed the basis for the assessment undertaken as part of the QualityCoast programme. The QualityCoast programme was developed as an EU INTERREG IIIC project - Coastal Practice Network (CoPraNet) to assist municipalities in improving sustainability performance. Results indicate that a number of commonalities and disparities exist between the sites assessed, notably in terms of data format, access and availability. Measures for consideration are proposed as a means of overcoming the operational challenges facing coastal managers and practitioners involved with promoting sustainable tourism.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/49774
ISSN: 0749-0208
Source: Journal of Coastal Research [ISSN 0749-0208], v. 56, p. 1135-1139
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