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International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making

International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making (IJMCDM)

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International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making (2 papers in press)

Special Issue on: MCDM for Sustainable Development and Economic Growth

  • An Integrated CRITIC-VIKOR Model for Overtourism Assessment in Spain: Post-COVID-19 Sustainable Actions   Order a copy of this article
    Abstract: The tourism industry has developed rapidly in recent decades. This boom has led to overtourism in some tourist areas of Spain. The COVID-19, on the other hand, has paralyzed the sector and must be reactivated without reproducing past errors. Faced with this period of uncertainty, economic reactivation, and tourism sustainability, overtourism has become one of the most discussed topics in debates and scientific articles. However, overtourism is at a very early stage in its empirical measurement and remains open to subjective interpretations due to the paucity of precise measurements. This emanates from the fact that overtourism lacks a realistic set of indicators to quantitatively measure its negative impact and inherent risk on the host community. In this way, the main objective of this paper is to provide a set of indicators that allow reviewing and redirecting decision-making at the business and political levels. An integrated MCDM approach has been applied, namely the CRITIC method (CRiteria Importance Through Intercriteria Correlation) for calculating the weights of the indicators and the VIKOR method (VIsekriterijumska optimizacija i KOmpromisno Resenje) for assessing the alternatives. The case study of Spain provides useful insights, and the obtained results demonstrated that the economic indicators hinder sustainable development and contribute to worsening the tourist attitude more than the social factor do. In this regard, a need remains for determining valid public policies to improve territorial planning, manage the carrying capacity, and further implement sustainable actions in the affected communities during this exceptional health crisis as suggested in the discussion section.
    Keywords: Overtourism; Sustainable Indicators; MCDM; CRITIC; VIKOR; COVID-19.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMCDM.2022.10044292
  • A Metaheuristic for a sustainable distribution process   Order a copy of this article
    by Dalila Tayachi, Sidonie Ienra Nyako, Moncef Tagina 
    Abstract: This paper deals with a bi-objective green vehicle routing problem, where conventional economic and environmental objectives are both considered. More precisely, our work minimizes distance and fuel consumption in the Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem (FCVRP). Firstly, we consider fuel consumption minimization and we propose an Iterated Local Search to solve it as it is an NP-complete problem. In the fuel consumption calculation function, distance, load, and speed are considered simultaneously. The proposed metaheuristic is tested on Solomon's instances for each single objective and the experimental results are compared with those in the literature. Secondly, the epsilon-constraint method is applied to solve the bi-objective FCVRP where the total traveled distance and the fuel consumption are both minimized. A real-world case in Cameroon is considered in order to bring help to the decision-maker.
    Keywords: Green VRP; Fuel Consumption; Bi-objective optimization; Meta-heuristic; epsilon-constraint.