24 July 2015

Call for papers: "Political Systems: the Drivers of Tourism Policy"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Tourism Policy.

This special issue invites research papers on political, economic, social, cultural or environmental policy commands that chart the course of tourism development in a country or destination.

The objective of the issue is to assess the role of political influence on policy formulation in regard to tourism development and its merits/demerits. Questions regarding the forms and formats of governance having impact on tourism policies may also be raised. Studies focusing on and highlighting tourism policy initiatives or the lack thereof will also be considered.

Papers should focus on the symbiotic relationship between the organisation of tourism and the political system of the destination country. Contributions in either the form of research papers or case studies are welcome.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Tourism 2015, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Political systems and tourism development
  • Political interference in governance of tourism
  • Government policies and destination management
  • Social and cultural environment and its impact on tourism development
  • Politics of destination branding
  • Political systems and destination image
  • Policy, planning and development of tourism
  • Tourism policy initiatives or lack thereof
  • Effect of change of government on policy directions
  • Form of government and tourism development
  • Local, national and regional tourism policies and planning
  • International organisations and policy implications for tourism management
  • Role of NTO/DMO in tourism development, management, marketing and promotion
  • Relationship of DMO and government

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 November, 2015

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