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European sustainable tourism: context, concepts and guidelines for action

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This article illustrates an integrated approach to achieve a competitive and sustainable European tourism policy that recognise the two directions in which it can exert an influence: minimising the negative impacts of tourism on society/environment and maximising tourism's positive and creative contribution to local economies, the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, the quality of life of hosts and visitors. In this context, concepts and guidelines promoted by European Union institutions can be supported by appropriate public policies: sustainable management of destinations, integration of sustainability concerns by businesses and sustainability awareness by tourists.

Keywords: competitiveness, destination management, European law, sustainability awareness, tourism policy, tourism learning areas, Europe, sustainable tourism, sustainable economy, European Union, EU, public policy, sustainable management

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