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Achieving SDGs through technological innovations of tourism industry in the age of global transformation

In alignment with the global commitment to sustainable development, this special issue aims to explore the role of technological innovations in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the tourism industry. Tourism is a significant economic sector with considerable potential to contribute to sustainable development, including poverty alleviation, environmental protection, and cultural preservation (Rasoolimanesh et al., 2023). However, achieving these goals requires innovative approaches and technologies that promote sustainability (El Archi et al., 2023). Technological innovations offer significant opportunities for advancing sustainable development goals (Azmat et al., 2023; Rodrigues et al., 2023) . From smart destination management to community empowerment and policy support, the existing literature demonstrates the diverse ways in which technology can contribute to promoting sustainability in tourism. However, further research is needed to explore the long-term impacts and scalability of technological solutions in achieving sustainable development objectives in the tourism sector.

Lóránt Dénes Dávid
Youssef El Archi
Brahim Benbba
Viktória Kundi

Guest EditorS

Lóránt Dénes Dávid

John von Neumann University, Faculty of Economics and Business, Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Kecskemét, Hungary; Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE), Institute of Rural Development and Sustainable Economy, Department of Sustainable Tourism, Gödöllő, Hungary

Guest EditorS

Youssef El Archi

School of Architecture, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Montreal, Canada

Guest EditorS

Brahim Benbba

National School of Business and Management of Tangier,Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco

Guest EditorS

Viktória Kundi

Széchenyi István University, Kautz Gyula Faculty of Economics, Department of Tourism and Catering, Hungary



technological innovations

global transformation

sustainable tourism


smart destinations

community engagement

responsible travel


Use of big data and IoT for sustainable tourism management

Social media strategies for promoting eco-friendly travel

Digital platforms for involving local communities in tourism planning

Online resources for raising awareness and promoting responsible travel

Government initiatives to encourage eco-friendly practices in the tourism sector

Augmented reality for cultural heritage preservation

Sustainable Water Management in Tourist Destinations

Blockchain applications for ethical tourism supply chains

Virtual reality for sustainable tourism education

Smart building technologies for energy efficiency in hotels

IoT applications for wildlife conservation in ecotourism

Mobile Apps for monitoring and reducing tourism carbon footprint

Gamification for encouraging sustainable tourist behavior

Remote sensing technologies for biodiversity monitoring in protected areas

Submission Deadline: 15 February 2025

Online Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online through Hapres Online Submission System. Please visit Guide for Authors before submitting a manuscript. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper as soon as it is ready and don’t need to wait until the deadline. Submissions will be sent to peer-review in order of arrival. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the Journal of Sustainability Research and then gathered together on the special issue webpage. We welcome Research articles, Review papers and Short Communications.


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