Call for Papers | Sustainability Special Issue on Agritourism in Mountain Regions
cows 203460 640The journal Sustainability, an international peer-reviewed journal published by MDPI, is calling for papers for a Special Issue exploring the topic of agritourism in mountains. The deadline for submissions is 30 March 2019.

KEYWORDS
Agritourism in mountain regions; sustainability; diversification; agricultural resources; traditions and culture; on-farm touristic activities; viability; active farms; rural communities; prevention of rural migration; regional; economic impact of agritourism; economic multiplier effects; sustainable tourism.

BACKGROUND
Since the late 18th century, tourists have been attracted to mountain destinations. The increasing recognition of the value of mountain areas was associated with iconic images of specific mountain locations, leading to a focus on the development of these localities. Tourism in mountain regions therefore demonstrated very early on the two faces of tourism: the traditional view of images of pristine nature, and the features of mass tourism. The Alpine range is the best-known example of the relentless tourism growth. However, this area also boasts the development of significant nature protection areas and emerging attempts towards sustainable tourism approaches. Linked to these developments, agritourism initiatives and programmes have spread throughout mountain areas, taking account of the specific favourable conditions this type of tourism demands. With the global explosion of leisure tourism, the place-specific assets of mountain landscapes and the specific types of agritourism offered by mountain areas gained particular attractiveness. The idea of agritourism (in mountains) has spread to many parts in the world, and nowadays we recognize an increasing offer throughout diverse mountain regions. This reflects the search for sustainable tourism types, including a desire for an intensified relationship with natural resources and the origins of food.

Agritourism offers farmers the possibility of diversifying and generating additional income through on-farm tourism activities. This can help to maintain the viability of active farms and rural communities.

The more general understanding of agritourism states that agritourism activities support and promote agricultural resources, traditions, and culture. Following this line of thought, agritourism is a successful example of sustainable tourism that has gained importance over the years.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION INFORMATION
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles, and short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (ca. 100 words) can be submitted to the MDPI Editorial Office.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for the submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed, open access, semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is CHF 1700 (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well-formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2019

For more information, please see the MDPI website.