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Manuscript deadline
30 April 2021

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Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Special Issue Editor(s)

Prof. ShiNa Li, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
[email protected]

Prof. Andrea Saayman, North-West University, South Africa
[email protected]

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The Economics of Sustainable Tourism

Call for papers – Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Tourism has been making a substantial contribution to economies in terms of poverty alleviation, income growth, employment absorption and regional development. However, its continuous success is facing a number of challenges, such as environment deterioration, leakages of tourism revenues, unevenly distributed benefits among the rich and the poor, man-made and natural disasters, and climate change. In addition, it has been argued that the expansion of tourism and tourist activities is partially responsible for natural resource depletion and environmental degradation. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the potentially “new normal” post COVID-19, new challenges and opportunities regarding sustainable tourism will emerge. Some of these challenges are that poverty reduction through tourism may slow down, negatively affecting the most vulnerable, and the competition in the use of sources between economic development and environmental protection/preservation may become more intense. On the other hand, the environment and natural resources on which tourism depends have been granted an opportunity to recover due to there being fewer tourists, while the preservation of wildlife in its natural setting is gaining increasing support. Therefore, research on economic valuation and conservation may be conducted from a new angle.

At the individual level, tourists’ behaviour is crucial to sustainable development in tourism-related sectors. Understanding what drives tourists’ economic behaviour in certain scenarios is still an area that is under-researched. This is especially important in the current situation, where the COVID-19 pandemic may have a permanent influence on tourist behaviour. Within the context of sustainable tourism, tourists’ economic behaviours are, among others, influenced by ethical and environmental perspectives. One of the growth areas in the literature is tourists’ willingness to pay for various ethical tourism services and products (e.g., Saayman, Krugell and Saayman, 2016; Seetaram, et al., 2018). Some examples of the examination of other economic behaviours include the impact of a money-back guarantee mechanism on tourists’ behaviour decisions, tourism revenues in the context of wildlife viewing (Kubo, Mieno and Kuriyama, 2019), and the influence of altruism on tourists’ price judgement when purchasing crafts from informal traders (Saayman et al., 2020). The current pandemic has the potential not only to change travel patterns, but also to influence tourists’ attitudes and behaviour intentions.

Sustainable tourism has been investigated using a wide variety of economic methods, ranging from environmental input and output modelling (e.g., Becken and Patterson, 2006; Lenzen et al. 2018), and computable general equilibrium modelling (e.g., Blake and Sinclair, 2003; Njoya and Seetaram, 2017), to statistical and econometric modelling (e.g., Seetaram et al., 2018; Saayman et al., 2020). Along with the advancement of technology, innovative approaches are being developed based on advanced economic modelling, big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual reality etc. It is expected that these innovative approaches will be applied to analyzing the economics of sustainable tourism.

This special issue aims to examine new perspectives in regard to economic themes, theories and methods in the context of sustainable tourism. There will be a special interest in papers with novel perspectives with which to investigate economic issues and sustainability in the new context of during/post COVID-19, and papers that employ innovative, advanced or mixed economic methods to examine tourism sustainability issues. Although we welcome both conceptual and empirical papers, research articles with clear theoretical or methodological contributions are encouraged. We would welcome research papers that clearly advance new perspectives in economic theory and methods, and/or empirical insights that advance economic perspectives that address issues related, but not limited to the following themes:

  • Economic valuation of national resources in tourism destinations
  • Economic valuation and ecotourism
  • Ecological economic approaches to sustainable tourism
  • Economic valuation and conservation
  • The economic impacts of climate change on tourism and adaptation
  • Energy consumption and tourist expenditure
  • Greenhouse gas emission, carbon footprints and tourist expenditure
  • Water conservation and tourist expenditure
  • Tourism and Poverty reduction
  • The application of behavioral economics to sustainable tourism
  • Willingness to pay and sustainable development
  • Economic effects of tourism during a crisis, such as COVID-19
  • Innovative economic methods applied to analyzing sustainable issues in tourism and hospitality

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Submission Instructions

Looking to Publish your Research?

We aim to make publishing with Taylor & Francis a rewarding experience for all of our authors. Please visit our Author Services website for more information and guidance, and do contact us if there is anything we can help with.

Submission Instructions

Expressions of interest/extended abstract due: September 30th, 2020.

Manuscript due date: April 30th, 2021.

Special issue publication: Early 2022 (note that early submissions are welcome and if accepted published papers will be available online before the full special issue is printed).

Expressions of interest are welcome in the form of an extended abstract (1000-1500 words excluding references), to be sent to co-editors:

Prof. ShiNa Li, Sun Yat-Sen University, China ([email protected]) and

Prof. Andrea Saayman, North-West University, South Africa ([email protected]).

Abstracts should include the title, authorship, author affiliation(s) and contact information (including the email addresses of all authors) and keywords (maximum six).  All full paper submissions will be subject to the normal peer-review processes of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. The Guest Editors welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners from around the world to contribute manuscripts for the special issue. Contributors must follow the journal’s “Instructions for Authors”. An invitation from the guest editors to submit a full paper does not guarantee publication.

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