International Journal of Tourism Cities


Professor Alastair M. Morrison
[email protected]

Associate Professor J. Andres Coca-Stefaniak
a.coca- [email protected] 


Scope of journal 

IJTC is the official journal of the International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA). ITSA?s main objective is to bridge the gaps in tourism studies and research, education, and training between developed and developing countries. The Association isheadquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in London and Shanghai. The overall purpose of the International Journal of Tourism Cities is to fill these gaps in the tourism research literature from multidisciplinary perspectives.

The International Journal of Tourism Citiesisa multidisciplinary journal that focuses on all aspects of tourism within cities. The major disciplines and themes are as follows:
– Anthropology and other social sciences
– Architecture and landscape architecture
– City tourism governance, coordination and organisation
– Consumer behaviour in urban contexts
– Culture and heritage
– Economic impacts of tourism on urban areas
– Environment, climate change and urban sustainable tourism development
– Events and cities
– Geographic studies, physical and human
– Impactsof urban tourism activity on city residents
– Marketing and branding of city tourism destinations
– Politics and tourism in cities
– Tourism planning and development in cities
– Tourist experiences in urban settings
– Transportation and tourism within cities
– Urban studies, urbanism and urban planning

Metrics highlights

IJTC is indexed in Scopus with a 2018 CiteScore of 0.89. It isalso included in Clarivate Analytics’ Emerging Sources Citation Index and the ABDC Journal Quality List, among others. Please visit the journal’s website for more ranking information. 

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Submissions to IJTC are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. To plan your submission, please see Author Guidelines at

Call for Papers for the Special Issue

International Journal of Tourism Cities


Guest Editors: Philip L. Pearce and Hera Oktadiana


Theme: “Contemporary Trends, Issues and
Challenges in Southeast Asian Tourism Cities”


This Call for Papers represents a rich opportunity to develop work about a somewhat understudied part of the tourism world. According to UNWTO (2019), Asia and the Pacific was the fastest growing region in 2018. In South-East Asia in particular, tourism growth was strong in most destinations. International tourist arrivals to this sub-region in 2018 were 128.7 million with international tourism receipts of USD142.3 billion. These numbers were the second largest (after North-East Asia) of the overall Asia and the Pacific region, providing a 37% share of international tourist arrivals and 32.7% of international tourism receipts. Moreover, analytics company GlobalData, as reported by Fox (2019), indicated that international visitors to the ASEAN region will reach 155.4 million in 2022.


The advancement of South-East Asian tourism undoubtedly brings benefits (e.g. economic growth, infrastructure improvements and employment opportunity), as well as problems (e.g. socio-cultural impacts and environmental issues) to the region. This IJTC Special Issue seeks papers that address the contemporary trends, issues and challenges in South East Asia tourism cities. Much work remains to be done on city tourism in this region. We are looking for work that offer novelty of ideas, conceptual development and thoroughness. We anticipate that the final set of papers will serve as solid reference sources for various tourism stakeholders including academics, students, researchers, practitioners and government officials.


Anticipated themes and contributions are from the following broad areas:

– Opportunities in South East Asian tourism cities

– Tourism-induced pressures in South East Asian cities

– Smart tourism cities in South East Asia

– Heritage conservation in South East Asian cities

– City tourism sustainability in South East Asia

– Halal tourism in South East Asian cities 

– Tourist behaviour in South East Asian cities

– Special interest markets and products for city tourism in South East Asia

– Festivals and events in South East Asian cities

– Planning and management of city tourism in South East Asia


Link to the ITSA 2020 conference and workshops in
Jakarta and Singapore


This IJTC Call for
Papers is linked to the ITSA conference in Jakarta (December 2-3) and associated research paper development workshop to be held in Singapore (December 5). The timing of these events in August and this Call for Abstracts are meant to fit together. Researchers might consider developing a conference paper for the ITSA 2020 conference or building new cooperative work at the Singapore workshop and then subsequently developing that material for submission to IJTC and notably this Special Issue.


Important Dates:

Abstract submission dateline: 1 October 2020 (up to 500 words excluding references)

Full paper submission dateline: 5 March 2021 (6,000 to 8,000 words)


Author Guidelines and Manuscript Submission can be found at:


Please contact us for further enquiries:


1.   Professor Philip Pearce

College of Business, Law and Governance

James Cook University, Australia

E-mail: [email protected]


2.   Hera Oktadiana, PhD, CHE

College of Business, Law and Governance

James Cook University, Australia

E-mail: [email protected]




Fox, J. T. (2019, March 14). Report: Southeast Asia
tourist arrivals to reach 155M by 2022. Hotel Management. Retrieved from


UNWTO. (2019). Internationald
tourism highlights 2019 edition. Retrieved from

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