International Journal of Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Law 2023

Dark-sky tourism for sustainable tourism recovery Yana Yakushina1 Phil Cameron2 1. Introduction. 2. Towards tourism recovery: immediate restart or reformation. 3. Tourism recovery policies: domestic destinations for the restart. 4. Dark-sky tourism for industry recovery. 5. Conclusions Tourism is one of the most fast-growing industries. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, has significantly impacted tourism activities. The data collected by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) shows international tourism arrivals have dropped by 88% in comparison with 2019. These unexpected consequences made it impossible to ensure sustainable tourism development and, in fact, halted its rapid progress, leading to a crisis in the industry. The UNWTO has proclaimed the need for the responsible recovery of the tourism sector by, inter alia, promoting domestic tourism, new destinations and sustainable products focused on nature, rural areas and culture. The prevailing conditions favour the introduction of new solutions to support the gradual recovery of the industry and contribute to global sustainable development in general. One of these solutions is dark-sky tourism (DST). This article aims to explore the potential of DST to contribute to the recovery of the tourism industry after the pandemic. The article will analyse the sustainability benefits of DST and its interrelation to proposed priorities for tourism recovery. The paper is intended to fill in a gap in research related to the post-pandemic recovery of the tourism industry with the help of DST. Keywords: dark-sky tourism, COVID-19, tourism recovery DOI 1 Ph.D. Researcher at the University of Ghent, Belgium. 2 Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France and US,