Sustainable Tourism Development in Small-Island Destinations: The Case of Corfu Island Greece

Sammy Jassam & Angelos Dimitras

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

In recent years, island tourism around the globe has been experiencing extensive growth and development patterns. Nevertheless, many islands are experiencing challenges and vulnerability, leading to negative impact. In many cases, small-island destinations have appeared being more vulnerable to the negative externalities of tourism development, however little research has been performed within the field. At the same time, tending to handle the vulnerability and the negative externalities of tourism, the concept of sustainability appears pertinent to be incorporated in such development.
This research concentrates the interest in the case of Corfu Island in Greece, as a representative destination of small island tourism. In particular, the study identified the major challenges that the island Is currently experiencing in terms of sustainable tourism development while incorporating the perspective of the internal stakeholders of the island’s domestic structure. The research further elaborated on the perceived internal responsibility for solving the emerging challenges whilst providing an assessment of the island’s industry based on indicative models of development.
Furthermore, the research highlighted the role and forms of governance and network systems and designated an approach for formulating sustainable tourism structures in small-island destinations based on the concept of the Cittaslow Association.
Conclusively, the study has established an exploratory purpose and is limited by a single case study. Hence, future research is recommended to explore findings. In addition, given the lack of previous research on the topic, future research is suggested for extending the scope and knowledge on the subject.

EducationsMSc in International Business, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages173
SupervisorsLydia Jørgensen