CfP Special : “Recovery and Resilience in Tourism Planning and Development: Sustainable Pathways for Transforming Tourism in Africa”

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Guest Editors:

Professor Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu, Finland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professor Tembi Tichaawa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Tourism Planning & Development is launching a Special issue entitled “Recovery and Resilience in Tourism Planning and Development: Sustainable Pathways for Transforming Tourism in Africa” and seeks contributions from interested authors. For a long time, tourism has been considered as a highly resilient industry. Since the 1950s, global tourism has been on a constant growth path that has made the industry one of the world's largest economic sectors. As a result, tourism's global and regional economic and employment impacts have become extremely important. However, the COVID-19 pandemic changed – at least temporally – the course of tourism growth and development. Instead of being resilient, the tourism industry was increasingly perceived as a highly vulnerable sector to external pressures and shocks, such as the outbreak of the pandemic. In addition, past and current research has indicated that the industry is vulnerable to many other elements in its’ operational environment. These elements include climate and environmental change, natural disasters and economic and geopolitical changes and instabilities.

All this has activated a need for recovery strategies and building better resilience for the future industry and tourism-dependent regional economies and communities. This need is highly urgent in Africa where tourism has been used for various developmental purposes by governments and international agencies. United Nations, for example, has highlighted the role of tourism for poverty alleviation and more widely for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Agenda 2030. In order for global tourism to deliver its local and regional developmental promises, the industry needs to have a good adaptive and recovery capacities and resilience. However, tourism development comes also with its own risks for host regions and communities, calling for sustainability in tourism development.

Ideally, resilience building would help the industry and tourism-dependent regional economies in Africa to undergo recovery transitions in a sustainable manner and cope and adapt to future changes. This transformation calls for developments and sustainability innovations in tourism research, education, learning, training, development policies, strategies and governance.

This special issue welcomes theoretical and/or empirical research contributions on recovery and resilience in tourism planning and development, leading to sustainable pathways for transforming the tourism industry in Africa. The proposed topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Tourism resilience and recovery needs
  • Industry and destination responses for shocks and crises
  • Tourism mobilities and transportation
  • Digitalisation and technological solutions for resilient tourism
  • Role of communities in tourism resilience building
  • Inclusive resilience in tourism and vulnerable populations
  • Resilience and sustainable tourism development
  • Tourism policies and governance
  • Security and politics in tourism recovery
  • Geopolitical changes and resilience
  • Biosecurity and resilience
  • Marketing and recovery
  • Climate and environmental change impacts for resilience
  • Innovations for recovery and resilience
  • Critical perspectives to resilience in tourism
  • Degrowth needs for future tourism

Expression of Interest (EOI): Submission guidelines

Expressions of interest in contributing a paper to this special issue are invited in the form of an extended abstract (500-750 words excluding references), by 31st May 2024, to be submitted by e-mail to Guest Editors (see emails above). In addition to the title, research aims, methods, expected results, and research contributions, abstracts should include authorship, author affiliation(s) and contact information (including the email addresses of all authors) and keywords (maximum six).

Timeline: Key dates

Abstract submission:            31st   May 2024 

Abstract decision:                 10th June 2024
Full paper submission:                    31st October 2024

Anticipated special issue publication:      Mid 2025

Review process

Papers invited for full submission to this special issue should be submitted through the Journal Submission System; submission guidelines can be found in the journal’s Guide for Authors. Please select the “special issue” category while submitting the full paper and indicate the submission for the “Special Issue - Recovery and Resilience in Tourism Planning and Development: Sustainable Pathways for Transforming Tourism in Global South” in the cover letter to facilitate the handling of reviews.

Each paper submitted for publication consideration is subjected to the standard review process of Tourism Planning and Development. Papers will be added to the compilation on a rolling basis as articles are accepted. Early submissions of full papers are encouraged and will be promptly processed by the guest editors. Feel free to contact the guest editors if you have questions.

About the journal:

Tourism Planning and Development (TPD) aims to explore and advance our theoretical and practical understandings of the intersections between tourism, planning and development studies. Each of these fields of study is characterized by rich scholarly and interdisciplinary traditions. TPD seeks to leverage these and other complementary scholarly traditions to build new interdisciplinary understandings in tourism planning and development. For more information about this journal, please visit

Tourism Planning and Development is listed Q1 CiteScore Best Quartile, is a 2* journal  in the ABS list, with citation metrics 2.4 (2022) Impact Factor, 3.0 (2022) 5 year IF and 6.5 (2022) CiteScore (Scopus).

Please kindly check the special issue CfPs attached for more detailed information:

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