Calls for papers


International Journal of Tourism Policy
International Journal of Tourism Policy


Special Issue on: "Political Systems: the Drivers of Tourism Policy"

Guest Editor:
Amitabh Upadhya, Skyline University College, UAE

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.

Subject Coverage
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

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 has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

If you have any queries concerning this special issue, please email the Guest Editor, Amitabh Upadhya, at

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 November, 2015