Tourism income can support livelihoods in many island communities. It is also uniquely placed to benefit from, and provide support for, the special cultural and natural heritage assets which are a feature of so many of the world’s islands.
Tourism has become an activity in many of islands destinations that has helped them to develop and grow economically, but also to express very complex realities to the point of creating their own characteristics.
Within these realities, the islands, the paradise for many sun and beach tourists, are not on the margins of current trends in strategic planning and are redefining products under the idea of sustainability and differentiation – natural and cultural heritage – and with a high social participation in decision making and tourism governance developments that emerge from the island environment. The importance of tourism for islands should not just be seen from a macroeconomic perspective.
A congress on the islands brings together experts from different countries to explore the tourism in islands and opportunities to talk about changes in the face of such global problems as energy efficiency, urban planning, social and economic development, an opportunity to debate and learn about the most recent studies in this regard. This congress is an occasion for the study of their complexity, has to be multidisciplinary and systemic. The anthropological complexity of the tourism is also a special challenge to the new generations and therefore to the educational proposals and systems.
Hence the diversity of the proposed themes that, allowing a multireferentiality of contributions, intends to ensure, from the heterogeneity of the disciplines and contexts under analysis, its inherent complementarity around the multiple unity of the island universe as extraordinary human and natural potential.
The Canary Islands are one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. In 2018 more than 16 million tourists came to this archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. The implementation of the “sun and beach” tourism model led to the spatial reorganisation of its islands, generating significant impacts on their territory and their inhabitants. It is, without a doubt, the best place to debate and reflect on the opportunities and contradictions that tourist activity generates in island spaces with very particular, unique and limited characteristics: the costs of insularity, water, territory, image, paradise, energy.
The celebration of this congress is an opportunity to know and exchange experiences and research on tourism in islands, a point where to work on the tourist models of the islands from a triple perspective such as environmental, economic and cultural.
Authors are invited to submit papers on original, unpublished research in the tourism science.