Call for Book Chapters:    

Tourism Development and Planning in Eastern Europe  

To be considered in the CABI Regional Tourism Series  





Hania Janta, University of Surrey, UK 

Konstantinos Andriotis, Middlesex University London, UK 

Dimitris Stylidis, Middlesex University London, UK 


Important Dates: 

Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline: 1st of November 2020 

Proposal Acceptance Notification: 1st of December 2020 

Full Chapter Submission Deadline: 1st of April 2021 

Submission of Revised Chapter: 15th of July 2021 


For many decades, mobility in Eastern Europe as we know it, including both tourism and migration flows, was the privilege of a few. In centrally planned economies, international tourism did not exist. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, “the new Europe” gradually opened up, while further political events, including the European Union enlargements (2004, 2007 and 2013), the Schengen zone expansion and the UEFA EURO 2012 put the previously unknown regions on the map of “trendy” destinations to visit.  However, what is commonly known as Eastern European (and variously labelled as “post-socialist”, “transformational” or “Eastern Bloc”) in reality does not represent any homogeneous group. Today these former communist countries undertake diverse pathways in tourism development and planning; some have experienced a fast growth by adjusting to the global tourism systems,  whilst others have not fully separated politically and economically from their past. A rapid but uneven economic development has led to some undesired consequences, and at present, some of these Eastern destinations allegedly experience the unwanted impacts of tourism flows. Conversely, others continuously lack the required modern tourism infrastructure so as to meet visitors’ expectations. Despite the increased research interests in tourism in Eastern Europe, little is known about the decision making processes for tourism planning and development, successes and challenges that these particular countries have been experiencing. 

Set against this background, this book aims to address the key issues that affect tourism development in Eastern Europe. Some examples of topics (but not limited to) include: 

  • What are the strategies for tourism development in particular regions of Eastern Europe? Where are the opportunities and challenges?  
  • What are the initiatives and approaches to sustainability?  
  • What are the popular, and sometimes undesired, tourism resources and products? (agro-tourism; coastal mass tourism; dark tourism; language tourism; medical/ wellness tourism; night tourism).  To what extent can we talk about overtourism in some Eastern European destinations (Kraków, Prague, Split) 
  • How does the turbulent past shape the offerings of tourism products?  
  • What are the opportunities and challenges for destination branding and image?  
  • What is the state of the supply side of tourism, such as Transport, Accommodation or Attractions? 
  • What is the Private and Public Sector Role in managing tourism?  
  • What are the Economic/Social/Environmental/Cultural Impacts of Tourism in Eastern Europe?  

Countries to be considered include: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine 

Submission Procedure 

If you would like to contribute a chapter, please email a short abstract (between 100 and 150 words) to Prof. Konstantinos Andriotis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than 1 November 2020. Your proposal should include: a) 150-200 word abstract in a Word format which details the research questions, research significance, method and findings, and b) author(s)’ biography (max. 100 words) and contact information (name, position, institution, email and mail). Each contribution must be original and unpublished work, not submitted for publication elsewhere. Contributions from a wide variety of disciplines are welcomed, in order to provide diverse and creative perspectives. Full details and submission guidelines will be provided to contributors on acceptance of proposals.