In Search of a Systemic Model of Municipal Integration for the Touristic Sustainable Development

Ricardo Tejeida, Juan Vargas, Oswaldo Morales


Tourism is preponderantly an economic activity. However it is an activity that has evolved along with human kind through its relationships with society.

The new touristic modality generates a tendency toward the values and the importance of the natural environment. It is also consistent with the nature, social and community values, and allows a positive relationship between residents and tourists. This new touristic tendency is regulated through a new development model that is being proposed at a world level: the Sustainable Development Model.

This paper is part of a research in process in which it has been determined to use the Paradigm of Systems, having the purpose of obtaining a global vision in its development. Such research is based on models proposed in a doctoral thesis. The paper exposes the design process of a Municipal Integration Model for the sustainable development, where the possibilities of intervening elements' interrelations are studied to achieve an union among municipalities in order to promote and revitalize the tourist cycle of the region.

The Orient Zone in the State of Mexico is proposed as the study target, due to its resources. However, it is intended that the pattern could be applied in diverse regions of the country that fulfill the necessary elements for its implementation.


Sustainable development, Integration municipal model, soft systems, tourism.