Destination communities are commonly among the most affected but the least empowered among tourism stakeholders. The relationship between tourism and communities is multi-dimensional, encompassing economic, social, cultural, ecological and political forces. It is believed that community participation in tourism can ensure community benefits, empower the locals and promote community development. Thus, the need for community participation in tourism is well-recognised. Proper planning and management are needed to facilitate the sustainable development of both tourism and the community.
This special issue invites papers on issues concerning tourism and community. Both empirical and conceptual studies are welcome.
The issue will be international in scope and a wide variety of papers involving theoretical research, empirical research, case research and analytical models focusing on the key issues of the theme of the issue will be considered for publication.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Relationships between tourism and community
- Tourism impacts on destination communities
- Community participation in tourism in different societal contexts
- Roles of different tourism stakeholders in community participation
- Planning and management for community participation in tourism
- Assessment of community participation in tourism
- Community development and sustainable tourism
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 1 October, 2012
Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors: 1 January, 2013
Submission of revised manuscript: 1 April, 2013
Final acceptance of manuscript: 1 June, 2013