Research in sustainable tourism: A longitudinal study of articles between 2008 and 2017

Jianwei Qian, Huawen Shen, Chun Hung Roberts Law

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The influence of tourism on the environment has led to research on the development of sustainable tourism. Scholars from popular destinations and their governments are actively conducting sustainable tourism research, and their contributions to the field have achieved global renown. Without data from the natural sciences, knowledge from tourism dominates this area. This work utilizes content analysis to systematically review these studies to present the current state of existing research with the aid of visualization tools. The findings delineate the development of research on sustainable tourism in terms of collaboration, impact, knowledge base, and thematic coverage. Six major themes are selected to showcase recent trends in sustainable tourism research and guide future studies. Accordingly, this study can contribute to the development of sustainable tourism research and guide industry practices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number590
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2018


  • Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  • Longitudinal study
  • Sustainable tourism research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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