Call for Chapters

Handbook on Tourism Planning – Edward Elgar Publishing



Philip F. Xie, Professor, Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, Bowling Green State University, USA


Aims of Handbook on Tourism Planning

When Dr. Clare A. Gunn published the first edition of Tourism Planning in 1979, he vividly recalled family trips in a brand-new Model T Ford across the United States in 1921. This early exposure to the land of travel has “predestined a career in the field of planning for better tourism development”. A hundred years later, Gunn’s influential book and its vision for tourism planning embark on a new era. Planning for tourism has become an important tool to maximize economic returns to the destination and minimize potential negative impacts. It is not just a simple process of destination marketing, but increasingly stretches disciplinary boundaries, imbued with contested layers of stakeholders’ interests, at whichever level the planning process is being carried out.

Tourism planning occurs in a number of forms, structures, scales, and times. Getz (1987) initially identifies four broad approaches to tourism planning: boosterism, an industry-oriented approach, a physical/spatial approach and a community-oriented approach. Hall (1995, 2009, 2010) adds a fifth approach, that of sustainable tourism planning, and an extension of that approach via the notion of steady-state tourism grounded in ecological economics. In practice, tourism planning is identified as fused because it is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and oscillate between process and output. Planning has gradually morphed into spatial justice demanding that we ask why, how and for whom for the sake of tourism? Given transformed understanding of tourist destinations, existing planning strategies deemed necessary for commercial development with socio-spatial settings often seem inadequate. Concomitantly, tourism produces the friction to spark debates about various socioeconomic and environmental issues. For example, conventional boosterism and industry-oriented approach generally rely on economic and quantitative analyses of travel patterns, while ignoring the symbolic, communicative, and cultural elements that underlie changes in tourist destinations.

The handbook chapters compiled by Edward Elgar publishing will offer an account of the growth, development and changes in recent decades and identify many of the major concerns appealed to a broad spectrum of researchers and general-interest audiences. The chapters introduced here are not an exhaustive list but are representative and applicable beyond the particularities of specific projects, strategies and places. They provide updated research and engagement at local, national, and global levels. A significant portion of this volume is dedicated to describing, unpacking and framing planning strategies in various destinations, while expanding the definition of tourism planning to encompass a variety of successful case studies. Furthermore, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing problems in the tourism sector, e.g., the issues of sustainability, policy and governance have become increasingly controversial. Therefore, Handbook on Tourism Planning is designed to offer in-depth yet clear understanding of some of the critical issues and challenges facing contemporary tourism planning. The format serves as a generative framework for demonstrating the transformative possibilities of tourism planning and establishing compelling ways to present knowledge to a broader audience.

Content Plan

We aim to bring together a range of contributors from across the world and to redefine existing planning within the context of international research. Contributions devoted to all aspects of tourism planning in relation to principles, policy and governance, and case studies in various countries are invited, including, but not limited to:

  1. Tourism Planning, Theories, Concepts and Models
  2. New Approaches to Tourism Planning
  3. Strategic Tourism Planning Process
  4. Tourism Demand Modelling and Forecasting
  5. Destination Planning and Place Making
  6. The Establishment of Tourism Satellite Account for Planning
  7. Stakeholder Theory and Co-operative Control Systems
  8. Public-Private Participation, Collaboration and Coordination
  9. Participatory Tourism Planning
  10. Spatiotemporal Impacts on Tourism Planning
  11. Tourism Planning at National and Sub-National Level
  12. Progress in Tourism Planning and Policy
  13. Policy Engagement and Strategic Planning for Tourism Employment
  14. Sustainability Indicators for Assessing Tourism Planning
  15. Innovation and Networks in a Regional and Destination Context
  16. Marketing Strategies Used for Tourism Planning
  17. Tourism Planning in the Post-Covid Era


Provisional Timescale:

Call for handbook proposals circulated: November 16, 2021

Deadline to submit abstract to editor: January 31, 2022

Deadline to submit full chapter to editor (if abstract is accepted): June 30, 2022

Deadline to submit revised chapter to editor: September 30, 2022

If you are interested in contributing, please email an abstract of up to 500 words, and a short biography up to 250 words to the editor, Professor Philip Xie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by January 31, 2022. Authors will be notified by February 28, 2022.