Operationalizing sustainability in regional tourism planning: an application of the limits of acceptable change framework Academic Article uri icon


  • Sustainability has been a useful concept but one that has proven difficult to operationalize. The limits of acceptable change (LAC) planning system was used as a basis for research to exemplify a model that may be useful in applying the sustainability concept in regional tourism planning. A county on the coast of Texas, USA was used to examine regional attitudes toward tourism development and the perceived change that tourism might create. Respondent attitudes from three communities were compared. Results indicated that communities differed in the way they felt about tourism. These differences provided some justification for tourism development zones (TDZs) that can help separate development and activity types related to tourism. Communities also differed in perceived change that might occur due to tourism suggesting that different conditions and indicators might be needed depending on the TDZ of concern. Implications for application of the LAC planning system are discussed. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Tourism Management

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Ahn, B., Lee, B., & Shafer, C. S

citation count

  • 98

complete list of authors

  • Ahn, BumYong||Lee, BongKoo||Shafer, C Scott

publication date

  • February 2002