Final Call for Papers


International Journal of Tourism Cities


Special Issue: Sustainable Tourism in Urban Destinations


Final Submission Deadline: June 30, 2021


As the world emerges from the pandemic, sustainability in the tourism system has never been more critical. This is particularly true for urban destinations where improving sustainability is a particularly complex challenge. We have extended the submission deadline on this special edition to allow researchers exploring ways that destinations are building back better to submit their work. Jonathon Day


Special Issue Editors:


Associate Professor Jonathon Day, Purdue University, USA

Prof. Alastair M. Morrison, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, Taiwan

Associate Professor J. Andres Coca-Stefaniak, University of Greenwich, UK


 Urban Sustainable Tourism


With the growth of cities and increasing urban tourism, the sustainability of urban tourism systems has never been more important. Traditionally, research on sustainable tourism has focused on issues in rural and natural locations but the principles of sustainable tourism can – and must - be applied to cities and urban metropolises.


Sustainable tourism practices incorporate a broad range of activities. This Special Issue of IJTC invites authors to address topics from holistic approaches addressing city-wide initiatives to research addressing specific challenges in bringing greater sustainability to urban destinations. Sustainable urban destinations face unique challenges and it is our goal with this Special Issue of IJTC is to highlight the range of tourism-related research being undertaken to improve the sustainability of urban centers. 




We invite papers which engage with Sustainable Tourism in Urban Destinations in the following topics (indicative but not exhaustive themes):


  • Sustainable tourism management in the city
  • Governance and sustainable tourism
  • Environmental performance of tourism businesses
  • Corporate social responsibility in urban destinations
  • Overtourism and the city
  • Building Back Better – Urban destination responses to the pandemic
  • Social entrepreneurship in the city
  • Tourism and social justice in urban destinations
  • Diversity, inclusion and urban tourism
  • Urban tourism contributions to SDGs
  • The role of smart cities as catalysts for sustainable tourism
  • Regenerative tourism
  • Transformational tourism
  • The role of destination management organizations (DMOs) in facilitating sustainable tourism in cities
  • Urban tourism destinations as socio-economic ecosystems
  • Climate change strategies and planning in urban tourism destinations
  • Roles of NGOs and the third sector in sustainable urban destinations
  • Community resident roles in sustainable urban destinations




For journal author guidelines, see:


Pre-submission drafts for a desk assessment and feedback by the editors should be sent to:

Assoc. Prof. Jonathon Day (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Important deadlines


Full articles (6,000-8,000 words) should be submitted by June 30, 2021. Submissions of full articles are required to be submitted online.


The format of guidelines is provided on the journal webpage:

All manuscripts will undergo anonymous peer review.