Calls for papers


International Journal of Tourism Anthropology
International Journal of Tourism Anthropology


Special Issue on: "Uncovering Nonconscious Meanings and Motivations in the Stories Tourists Tell of Trip and Destination Experiences"

Guest Editors:
Arch G. Woodside, Boston College, USA
Stephen Lloyd, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Drew Martin, University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA

This special issue invites unique contributions sharing advanced concepts and tools immediately applicable to theory and practice in tourist travel and destination experiences.

Naturalistic drama enactments enable tourists as storytellers to experience powerful myths in actual destination settings (might the sites themselves, for historical reasons, be imbued with mythical qualities?). Tourists’ stories provide intimate tourist travel insights regarding destinations as well as the enactments they engender for tourists. Such insights offer material for guidelines for tourist-destination relationship engagement.

This special issue aims to contribute to developing a comprehensive understanding of nonconscious-influence paths that impact tourist-destination behaviours and experiences.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Nonconscious-to-nonconscious conversations with self and significant others in pre-trip planning and decision making
  • Influence of destination stories consumers tell on decision making in tourism
  • Future of travel information search and unconscious (nonconscious?) drives of tourists
  • Cognitive task analysis of consumers travelling to destinations
  • The psychodynamics of social media sites and destination planning
  • New qualitative analysis research techniques for uncovering tourist behaviours travelling to and within destinations
  • Destination marketing organisations' use of dramaturgy in training tourism officials and planning tourism experiences
  • Sharing mental representations of group visits to tourist 'fairy tale' landmarks and destinations
  • Reflective topical autobiographies of behaviour of travellers
  • Emergent patterns and themes in informant thick description trip reports
  • Interplay of myths and tourist activities in stories tourists tell about destinations
  • Confirmable (true) unstated motivations of tourists visiting destinations
  • Methods and tools for decoding tourists' stories
  • Deriving site management value and engagement from visitors' stories
  • Virtual travel: its value as a concept and its possible role in information search for destination decision-making
  • The role of fiction in fuelling and shaping tourists' own elaborations of destination involvement

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page.

Important Dates

Abstract (150 words) due: 5 September, 2012 (by email)

Full paper due: 25 December, 2012 (online submission)

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 5 February, 2013

Submission of revised manuscript: 1 April, 2013

Final acceptance of manuscript: 1 June, 2013