Towards A Sustainable Tourism Definition From Systems Science Perspective


  • Abraham Briones-Juarez Universidad de Quintana Roo campus Cozumel
  • Ricardo Tejeida Padilla Instituto Politécnico Nacional
  • Isaias José Badillo Intituto Politecnico Nacional


Sustainable Tourism System, Complementarity, Viable System Model


The tourism system has as main components, social, economic and natural subsystems, which are linked together to give rise to tourism activities in particular contexts called destinations. Tourism to be regulated under a legal framework on protected areas, to offer interpretations regarding commercial activity and the natural protection, which at first seem contrary relations, arising from excessive use of natural and cultural resources to generate tourism services. However, under the perspective of these antagonistic, Systems Science can be considered as complementary. The purpose of this paper is to study the complexity of sustainability case study taking as a destination in the Mexican Caribbean, to highlight, through the Viable Systems Model, complementary relationships between economic development and natural care which converge in production of tourism services. This implies a holistic view that encompasses the subsystems (social, economic and natural) and the system above (sustainable tourism) described in the elements and relationships that make up the 5 sets of viable model.

Author Biographies

Abraham Briones-Juarez, Universidad de Quintana Roo campus Cozumel

Professor of sustainability department

Ricardo Tejeida Padilla, Instituto Politécnico Nacional

Professor of tourism and systems engineering departments

Isaias José Badillo, Intituto Politecnico Nacional

Assistant Professor of systems egineering



How to Cite

Briones-Juarez, A., Tejeida Padilla, R., & Badillo, I. J. (2014). Towards A Sustainable Tourism Definition From Systems Science Perspective. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2013 HaiPhong, Vietnam, 1(1). Retrieved from



Viable Systems Modeling