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Sustainable tourism: utopia or necessity? The role of new forms of tourism in the Aegean Islands



Sustainable tourism: utopia or necessity? The role of new forms of tourism in the Aegean Islands



Coastal mass tourism: diversification and sustainable development in Southern Europe: 269-291



Tourism is a major activity in the Greek islands. Its development during recent decades has stopped the economic and demographic decline of the area. The paper develops a framework for the appraisal of tourism's sustainability in the Greek islands, and it is concluded that the conventional tourist model, based on sun, sea and sand (3S) has failed to promote sustainability due to the limited economic benefits for host communities and growing environmental pressures.

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