Call for papers: The future of Polar tourism

Tourism in the Polar Regions is growing and diversifying at an incredible rate.  In 2008, following the most recent International Polar Year, two networks developed to encourage collaboration amongst tourism scholars, industry partners and community members.  In 2018, the International Polar Tourism Research Network, held its 6th conference in Whitehorse/Dawson City, Canada; and the Thematic Network on Northern Tourism celebrated its 10th anniversary at the University of the Arctic Congress in Oulu, Finland.

Scenarios for tourism in the Artic and Atlantic regions

At both events it was evident that these international networks provide important venues and create space for dialogue, for continued retrospective and forward moving conversation about research and scholarship. They emphasise the valuable work being done, some of which would not have materialised without their existence. The scope for this special issue is the path ahead. Using research presented at both events, as well as sharing this open call for papers, we hope to consolidate some of the scenarios for the next 10+ years for tourism in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Where will tourism be in 2030?

The aim of this special issue is to point our gaze towards the future. We know where tourism scholarship and planning and management is situated today, and where they have been. So, where will tourism be in, say 2030? That specific year aligns with the goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the priorities of both the current Finnish chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2017-2018) and the recent Oulu Declaration of the University of the Arctic (2018), which mentions tourism explicitly.

Offering tourist experiences of the future

In this special issue, we aim to highlight theoretical and conceptual contributions, but also provide empirical and applied insights for tourism practitioners who will offer the tourist experiences of the future. Of course, we hope these will all be based on sound strategic decision-making incorporating sustainability and innovation.

The special issue editors encourage submissions on the following topics with a future-focused perspective:

  • Climate Change (to dynamic landscapes/icescapes, species migration patterns, etc.)
  • Cruise Tourism
  • Development Challenges (for infrastructure, communities, etc.)
  • “New” issues in seasonality
  • “Overtourism”
  • Increased urbanism
  • Tourist experience/behaviour changes (in relation to social media, technology, etc.)
  • Emerging markets and policy/development concerns
  • Indigenous rights/reconciliation

Guest editors:

This special issue will be edited by Pat Maher, Marisol Vereda, and Suzanne de la Barre (Vancouver Island University). For more information, please contact the lead guest editor.

Types of paper

The journal recognises that writing about the future is formed in different ways. Therefore, we will accept a variety of papers in different formats to represent different access points to the future. These include:

Research papers should normally be between 5,000 and 7,000 words (including references) with a title of no more than eight words. Papers can be empirical, applied case studies or conceptual frameworks. All research papers are double blind refereed and critically reviewed.

Viewpoint papers are papers where content is dependent on the author's opinion and interpretation, this also includes journalistic pieces. These papers are usually written by practitioners and are 2,000 to 4,000 words (including references).

Papers are reviewed by a member of the editorial board for guidance and improvement. Papers must follow the submission guidelines of the journal.

Key deadlines:

  • Submission of abstracts: October 22, 2018
  • Feedback to authors: November 5, 2018
  • Submission of full papers: January 18, 2019  
  • Decisions and revisions: March 18, 2019
  • Resubmission: May 3, 2019

Publication date: We are aiming to have the special issue be volume 5 issue 3. Papers once received will be published online and the special issue published in late 2019.

Abstracts should not be more that 400 words and should align with the objectives of the journal, and clearly demonstrate an  emphasis on the future of polar tourism.