CfP Tourism Spectrum Volume 2 – Current Trends in Tourism in Historic Cities

CfP Tourism Spectrum Volume 2 Issue 1/2 ISSN: No. 2395-2849

Current Trends in Tourism in Historic Cities,


Patron and Founding Editor: Prof. Dr. S.P. Bansal, Maharaja Agrasen University, Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, India

Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Daniel Barrera-Fernandez, University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.

About the Theme: Current Trends in Tourism in Historic Cities

Since the publication of the Tourist-Historic City (Ashworth & Tunbridge, 1990), strategies developed by historic cities to increase tourist activity have evolved dramatically. The industry itself has diversified, with an increasing prominence of fragmented holidays, day trips, independent traveling and marketing on social media. Cultural tourism has led to a more creative approach, where emphasis is put on the working process of creators. Sustainability has achieved a key role; as a result concepts such as carrying capacity and accessible tourism have become present in tourist plans all over the world. Nevertheless, some of the risks that tourism has traditionally brought to historic cities are still present, such as the difficulty of granting authenticity without turning the city into a stage. Integrating contemporary urban design and architecture in areas deemed to have heritage value is a delicate matter. In many cases, there is a lack of citizen participation in tourism-related decisions, which may lead to an unbalanced distribution of costs and benefits and a lack of representation of the local community in the heritage assets presented to visitors. Given the overarching focus, contributions that address the following themes are sought:

  •   Visitor profiles to historic cities
  •   Planning the tourist city
  •   Presence and marketing of historic cities on social media
  •   Smart city and tourism
  •   Creative tourism in historic cities
  •   Relationship between tourism and urban regeneration
  •   Contemporary architecture and urban design in historic cities
  •   Authenticity vs staging the historic city
  •   Archaeological sites turned into tourist attractions
  •   Industrial heritage turned into tourist attractions
  •   Regeneration of former industrial ports to attract leisure activities
  •   Conflicts on heritage selection and representation of the local community
  •   Citizen participation
  •   Governance in urban tourist destinations
  •   Carrying capacity in tourist cities
  •   Sustainable tourism in historic cities
  •   Accessible tourism in historic cities

    TOURISM SPECTRUM is a refereed social sciences international journal focusing on the academic and research perspectives of tourism and hospitality. While striving for a balance of theory and application, Tourism Spectrum seeks to develop theoretical constructs. To enrich the discipline of tourism, it encourages offerings from various disciplines; to serve as a forum through which the disciplines may interact; and thus to expand spectrum of knowledge and contribute to the literature on tourism social science. In this role, TOURISM SPECTRUM structures and is structured by the research efforts of a multidisciplinary community of scholars.

    The Journal is published twice a year (September & March) and features manuscripts dealing with various aspects of contemporary tourism and hospitality issues. Emphasizing an integrated approach to tourism in terms of tourism being an inter-disciplinary field, the journal focuses on various aspects of tourism and hospitality on the local, regional and global levels.

    In addition to research papers, TOURISM SPECTRUM also publishes Research Notes (RN). RNs are short papers which may include an overlooked thought or add a question mark to some findings (this might be challenging or supporting ongoing research concepts and methods; dealing with untested propositions or hypotheses; importing and applying to tourism new models and tools from other fields; promoting multidisciplinary investigation in tourism; reporting or updating on-going longitudinal research; raising issues for debate and investigation; identifying research questions applicable to the industry). Typically, the author(s) should identify a particular theme or issue that they would like to draw to the attention of the research community and develop a short piece specifically on this. The essence lies in the flow and in the convincing statement of cutting edge questions and answers/suggestions for future research.

About The Journal

In addition to this, the journal also publishes Conference Reports, Research Reports, Book Reviews or any other major happenings of the tourism world in its different columns. If a debate arises on any submission or reviewers and authors convincingly disagree; that may also be published to present

dialectic viewpoints on a topic of universal interest in the discipline.

Important Timelines

  •   Full articles (approximately 5,000 – 7,000 words) should be submitted by November 30, 2015, and should follow the format guidelines provided below.
  •   Research notes and discussion papers (approximately 2,500 words) will also be considered and should also be submitted by November 30,2015
  •   Articles will undergo blind review by at least two reviewers.
  •   Please note that initial acceptance does not guarantee publication. In case of non-support from author or copyright issues, the paper may be dropped at any stage with notification to the author/s.
  •   The anticipated date for publication of the Issue is last week of March, 2015 – Volume 2, No.-1 (Issue 1/2).
  •   The papers along with the abstracts should be submitted by email. These submissions should be sent as attachments in MS Word Format to and


Submissions must fall with the aims and scope of the journal. The journal has the condition for publication that manuscripts submitted should not have been published or will not be simultaneously published elsewhere.

The editors reserve the right to edit the contributions or send them back to the authors for required revision. Thereafter the publication of the papers will be subject to the final approval of the editorial board.

Types of Paper

TOURISM SPECTRUM publishes manuscripts dealing with various aspects of the tourism phenomenon. Emphasizing an integrated approach to tourism in terms of tourism being an inter- disciplinary field, the journal focuses on various aspects like anthropological, business, economic, educational, environmental, geographic, historical, political, psychological, philosophical, religious, sociological, inter alia, aspects of tourism (including conceptual essays, case studies, and industry – oriented expositions) . Papers on any aspect related to tourism are encouraged for this journal. Being a broad social science journal its readership is diverse. So specialist technical (e.g. economics, management, hospitality) papers must also be intelligible to a broad social science audience.

Strong emphasis is laid on the originality of research work and plagiarism is strictly discouraged along with uncited borrowings and repetition of ideas. Readability of text is preferred. Publishing ethics is advocated here and is a prerequisite for the editors, authors, reviewers and the publishers.

Publication in TOURISM SPECTRUM is exclusively evaluated on its intellectual merit and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy.

Submissions based on empirical research/descriptive or review papers are welcomed.

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