Call for Papers  

Special Issue of International Journal of Tourism Cities 


Guest Editors: 

Dr. Jingru Zhang (Assistant Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC) 

Prof. Alastair M. Morrison (Research Professor, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom) 

Prof. Ying Zhang (Professor, Minzu University of China, Beijing, PRC) 

Dr. Sha Wang (Associate Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC) 

Dr. Mimi Li (Associate Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR) 

Historically cities have been major tourist destinations for a variety of reasons.  (Ashworth and Page, 2010). The pull factor to the cities varies from cultural and monumental heritage to pilgrimage cities and from events to modern leisure activities. Not only they are attractions for both domestic as well as international tourists but in many cases they are the entry ports for remote destinations. Hence, tourism to cities has also been a major contributory factor in their expansion, economic growth and opportunities for employment.  Besides, cities have also emerged as Centres of multiculturalism, convention avenues, exhibitions, fairs and festivals.  All such activities and development have led to demographic changes also with rapid growth of population in cities, thereby also having an impact on the sustainability of cultural heritage.  Further, globalisation and constantly evolving global economic systems have created the need for cities to reinvent themselves to maintain their economic competitiveness, if not survival (Marques and Borba, 2017). In fact, tourism too has increased competitiveness among the destinations with various cities world over vying with each other to attract tourists and tourism related business. There are a host of factors that influence the tourists’ choice of city as a destination, from understanding culture, leisure, events, security, etc. Constant tourism inflows also pressurise the carrying capacity in relation to infrastructure and environment and very often the relationship between the host and the guests.  The guest-host relationships have also led to cultural and societal changes in many cities, sometime leading to anti-tourism movements and protest against over tourism (Seraphin, Sheeran and Pilato, 2018).  

As China is likely to spearhead the world’s recovery in the post-pandemic phase as far as the tourism sector is concerned, it is an appropriate juncture for IJTC to feature it more prominently. Taking these factors into account, it has been decided to bring out a Special Issue on “Tourism Cities in China”. Wu et al. (2021) say the following about tourism cities in China: Nowadays, almost every city in China takes tourism as an important function. Therefore, more and more excellent tourism cities have emerged in China. In particular, the National Tourism Administration of the PRC issued the Notice on Launching and Selecting Top Tourist City of China in March 1995. So far there are 339 Top Tourist Cities of Chinamost of which are located in the east of the Hu Huanyong Line. Since then, relevant research on tourism cities in China have gradually increased”. 

PwC and the China Development Research Foundation in 2019 identified 38 cities in China with considerable future development potential. Oxford Economics (2017) said the following about Chinese cities:  “Chinese cities account for a large part of this growth. The GDP of the 150 Chinese cities covered in this study already exceeds that of the largest European cities and will overtake North America’s cities by 2022. By 2035, the aggregate GDP of Chinese cities is forecast to more than double from almost US$11 trillion today to over US$25 trillion (measured in 2015 prices and exchange rates). This means that Chinese cities alone will account for almost half of the increase in global city GDP and will represent around a third of total urban GDP by 2035” (Oxford Economics, 2017). Interestingly, many of China’s heavily populated cities are unknown to those outside of the country. 

We welcome contributions from researchers and scholars who work in areas related tourism in cities with a specific focus on China. 

Possible broad themes and topics include, but not limited to: 

  • Belt and Road influences on tourism cities 
  • Big data use by tourism cities in China 
  • Business and MICE tourism in Chinese cities 
  • City tourism organization and governance in China 
  • City marketing and branding in China 
  • Competition and collaboration among tourism cities in China 
  • COVID-19 impacts and recovery and resilience strategies by Chinese cities 
  • Creative and experiential tourism in Chinese cities 
  • Cultural and heritage tourism cities in China 
  • Destination management and marketing applications by Chinese cities 
  • Destination images of tourism cities in China 
  • Digital (e-marketing) practices and innovations by tourism cities in China 
  • Entertainment innovations by tourism cities in China 
  • Events and festivals for China’s tourism cities 
  • Experience design in tourism cities in China 
  • Inter-governmental cooperation in Chinese tourism cities 
  • Interrelationships in tourism among urban, peri-urban and rural areas in China 
  • Overtourism in Chinese cities 
  • Planning and designing tourism in Chinese cities 
  • Red tourism and Chinese city adoption 
  • Relative importance of domestic vs. international visitors to Chinese cities 
  • Smart tourism cities in China 
  • Sustainable tourism in Chinese cities 
  • Special interest markets and products for city tourism in China 
  • Tourism mobilities and transportation in Chinese cities 
  • Visitor management practices in tourism cities in China 

  • Abstract Submission deadline: July 31, 2021 
  • (400 words, 3-5 keywords. Include a short biograph for each author. The author guidelines and review process for International Journal of Tourism Cities can be found here:  
  • Abstract decisions: August 31, 2021 
  • Final paper submissions: December 31, 2021 
  • Review decisions: March 31, 2022 
  • Publication: 2022 (Volume 8 Issue 3) 

    Please submit your proposals by sending a 400-word abstract of your proposed paper to Alastair M. Morrison (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by July 31, 2021. Please state ‘Tourism Cities in China’ in the subject line. 



Ashworth, G. and Page, S.J. (2011) Urban tourism research: Recent progress and current paradoxes, Tourism Management, 32, pp. 1-15 

Marques, L. and Borba, C. (2017) Co-creating the city: Digital technology and creative tourism, Tourism Management Perspectives, 24, pp. 86-93 

Oxford Economics. (2017). Global cities: The changing urban hierarchy. Oxford, UK: Oxford Economics. 

PwC and China Development Research Foundation. (2019). Chinese cities of opportunity 2019. PwC China. 

Seraphin, H., Sheeran, P. and Pilato, M (2018) Over-tourism and the fall of Venice as a destination, Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, in press. 

Wu, B., Li, Q., Ma, F., and Wang, T. (2021). Tourism cities in China. In Alastair M. Morrison and J. Andres Coca-Stefaniak, Routledge handbook of tourism cities, pp. 508-519. London: Routledge.