Transformation and the Regenerative Future of Tourism

In the context of the global pandemic, the call for ‘one planetary vision for a responsible recovery of the tourism sector’ (UNWTO, 2020) becomes even louder and more potent. To this end, the regeneration paradigm and regenerative economics are a new beacon for a livable and thriving future on this planet. While the concept of the regenerative approach to living is not new, the mainstreaming of the term in tourism is. Since it is ‘possible that tourism is the only industry with enough global reach and local trans-sectoral impact and power of influence to effect such an immense transition in a catalytic way’ (Wahl, 2019 ) it is urgent that more serious investigation into how tourism’s catalytic power for regeneration can be activated.

Special issue Journal of Tourism Futures

The special issue of our Journal of Tourism Futures seeks to explore how tourism can contribute to this transformation. We invite papers that examine, among other things, how tourism can become a catalyst for environmental, social, cultural and economic regeneration, and heal ecosystems and empower local communities. In the context of doomsday scenarios for the future, we wish to focus on the opposite. While remaining critical, papers should provide hopeful, regenerative and transformative views of tourism’s potentialities. Papers may also consider how planners might think freshly about facilitating a regenerative future of tourism.

Submission details

The guest editors of this special issue are:

Irena Ateljevic, Institute for Tourism, Croatia
Pauline J. Sheldon, University of Hawaiʻi, USA

Abstract deadline: 7th May 2021
All papers must align with the aims and objectives of the journal and be future-focused.
Please see the attached file for our detailed Call for Papers.

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