Transitioning towards the future of tourism destinations:
Resilient, smart, and green development




We invite you to submit a book chapter proposal to the forthcoming book "Transitioning towards the future of tourism destinations: Resilient, smart, and green development”, to be published by Aranzadi-Thomson Reuters in 2022.



Dr. Aurkene Alzua-Sorzabal, Nebrija University (Spain)

Dr. Francisco (Paco) Femenia-Serra, Nebrija University (Spain)

Dr. Zheng Xiang, Virginia Tech (USA)

Important dates

-Chapter proposals submission deadline: September 1, 2021

-Notification of acceptance: October 1, 2021

-Full chapters due: December 1, 2021

-Final submission due: February 15, 2022

-Book publication: 2022

Background, objective, and topics

In the last decades, we have witnessed both massive global tourism growth and profound changes in the tourism system due to changes in the environmental conditions, technological innovations, and large-scale social dynamics. The shock caused by COVID-19 has accelerated these transformations, particularly the digitalization process (Gretzel et al., 2020) and the quest for more sustainable development practices (Everingham & Chassagne, 2020). The emergency of the pandemic has highlighted the need to tackle pre-existing challenges, such as climate change, while reinforcing destinations’ resilience for future crises.

The new social processes, associated mobility patterns and travel industries’ production modes continue to impact tourism destinations’ environment. At the same time, the implementation of new technologies at destinations, epitomized by “smart” projects and policies, is posing new questions in this complex scenario. The contribution of smart cities and destinations policies in terms of sustainability seems to be poor so far (Ivars-baidal et al., 2021), but it has been scarcely explored as a research topic of growing importance. As such, it is critical to develop the conceptual foundation as well as strategic tools that support and enable tourism destinations to transition towards a more sustainable, smart, and resilient future.

The objective of this book is to provide a holistic and variegated perspective on this transition. It aims to offer its readership the opportunity to learn about tourism destinations and their transformation into smart, green and resilient territories through case studies and best practices, theoretical and empirical perspectives, innovative methods and so on. The book will offer valuable insights and useful references for researchers, educators, students, destination managers and planners, marketers and tourism companies.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Smart destinations and smart cities: cases and practices
  • Sustainability and smart destinations
  • Tourism destinations and climate change
  • ICT and public participation in smart policies
  • Environment and social justice in destinations’ transition
  • Environmental & economic trade-offs in smart destinations
  • Sustainable/green technologies in tourism development
  • Smart governance, climate and tourism
  • ICT and sustainable tourism
  • ICT and climate change in tourism
  • Digital governance and e-tourism
  • Digital divide
  • Intelligent territories
  • ICT for innovation and local development
  • Tourist behavior and digital technologies
  • COVID-19, digitalization and sustainability in destinations
  • Destinations, crisis and resilience
  • Destination management and planning models
  • Big data analysis and destination management
  • Data-driven solutions and applications for destinations
  • General digitalization processes in tourism
  • Future tourism models and trends
  • Other related topics


This book will be published by Thomson-Reuters Aranzadi, a highly reputable academic publisher in the field of Social Sciences in the Spanish context. According to SPI (Scholarly Publishers Indicators), Aranzadi-Thomson-Reuters is ranked 3rd out of 104 national publishers (ICEE: 911.000). For detailed information on the ranking please visit

Target audience

This book aims at being useful to researchers and other members of the academic community and students in the fields of Tourism, Sustainability, Urban Studies, Geography, Economics, Business, Marketing, Sociology, etc. Practitioners in these fields are also expected to benefit from this book.


-Chapter proposals (350-500 words) are due before September 1st.

-Proposals should include a brief background, objective, contribution and potential implications.

-There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book.

-All manuscripts go through a double-blind peer review by an expert review board.

-Final chapters will contain between 8,000 and 11,000 words each.

Submit your chapter proposal by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any question, please use the same email to contact Paco.