Journal of Place Management and Development

Deadline 30th June 2016

This forthcoming Special Issue will have a particular focus on papers presented at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Corfu Symposium on Managing and Marketing Places that are relevant to topics on Responsible Tourism and Place Making.

The Institute of Place Management considers that ‘Responsible Tourism starts from the assumption that the place, and its natural and cultural heritage, has value for local people and the visitors. The aspiration is for forms of tourism which can best be characterised by the language of host and guest, where the relationships between locals and tourists, between visitors and visited, embody respect, accountably, transparently and responsibility’, thus, while ‘tourists and day visitors are important stakeholders in the places they visit … their interests, and that of the tourism industry, need to be addressed in a balanced way with those of the residents whose place it is’.

The International Centre for Responsible Tourism, with reference to the Cape Town Declaration accepts, however, ‘that responsible and sustainable tourism will be achieved in different ways in different places’. Within this Special Issue issues of sustainability and responsibility will be considered.

A recent literature review concerning sustainable tourism identified Impacts of land use change; Environmental Indicators into regional economies and poverty; and Individual Responses into cultural contexts, values, behaviours, and responsibility as being of not only the highest priority for future research, and practitioner interest, but also areas where research progress to date has been low (Buckley, 2012).

Sustainable development and place making can be seen to encompass a range of aspects of place management, marketing and branding, including increasing tourist numbers to improve the economics of a destination, attracting appropriate inward investment while also attempting to preserve a destination’s traditional industries, and enhancing the quality of life of all the place’s stakeholders (Maheshwari, Vandewalle and Bamber, 2011). Thus, topics that can fall under this broad perspective of what can contribute to sustainable and responsible tourism will include the preservation of all aspects of a place’s cultural heritage; gaining favourable media attention about the place; appropriate place governance; and consistent efforts towards infrastructure regeneration and improvement.

The theme of the 1st Symposium held in 2014, “Responses to the decline in Mass Tourism – Engaging Stakeholders and Effecting Positive Change”, reflected the global decline in mass tourism as travellers, who are increasingly choosing to travel independently, or with smaller tour operators, seek more ‘authenticity’ in their vacation experiences, with Responsible Tourism issues focusing on initiatives that move away from the current mass tourism model, in particular, challenging the continued growth of All-Inclusive tourism.

Focusing on the theme of “Connecting People and Places”, the 2015 2nd Symposium recognised that each destination ‘needs to focus on … differentiation … define its own niche markets and serve them accordingly … to establish their position in the global tourism market’ (Sotiriadis and Varvaressos, 2015) and most importantly, achieve this in a way that means this position becomes sustainable and does not cause any further societal or environmental degradation.

This year’s 3rd Symposium “Thinking and Re-thinking about Places” reflects current developments in both the theory and practice of place management and marketing with places and spaces being contested, formed and re-formed.

Thus, many of the papers presented at each of these three events would be suitable for submission to this forthcoming Special Issue. I look forward to receiving your submissions.

Dr Heather Skinner Guest Editor


Buckley, R. (2012), ‘Sustainable Tourism: Research and Reality’, Annals of Tourism Research, 39(2), pp.528-546.

Maheshwari, V., Vandewalle, I. and Bamber, D. (2011), ‘Place branding’s role in sustainable development, Journal of Place Management and Development, 4(2) pp.198-213.

Sotiriadis, M.D. and Varvaressos, S. (2015) ‘A Strategic Analysis of the Greek Leisure Tourism: Competitive Position, Issues and Challenges’ Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences 6(1), pp.320-332

Submission guidelines

In order that we may publish a broad selection of the papers from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Corfu Symposium on Managing and Marketing Places, submitted articles should be no more than 4000 words in length. This includes all text including references and appendices.

Full papers must be received no later than June 30, 2016.

The Special Issue is planned to be published as Issue 2 of 2017.

Submissions to Journal of Place Management and Development are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Full author guidance is available here.

The submissions will be blind-reviewed by at least two reviewers.

Please make all inquiries to the guest editor
Dr Heather Skinner

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