CALL FOR PAPERS: Terrorism in Tourism Cities

International Journal of Tourism Cities is brought to you by the International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA)


Guest Editors:

Prof. Alastair Morrison, Purdue University, USA
Dr. Andres Coca-Stefaniak, University of Greenwich, UK 

Terrorism attacks in major cities (e.g. New York, Paris, Brussels, London, Barcelona) and their impact on the image of these global tourism destinations is a topic of growing interest to academics, industry practitioners and policy makers worldwide. The impact of recent terrorist attacks may extend beyond immediate image issues and to wider longer-term aspects such as the resilience of the destination’s brand, its overall competitiveness in global tourism markets and its attractiveness to major investors.

Although a number of studies have analysed the impact of security concerns linked to terrorism on the events industry (e.g., Hu and Goldblatt, 2005; Gordon et al., 2008) and tourism (see Sonmez and Graeffe, 1998; Goodrich, 2002), their scope to date remains somewhat limited with some considering economic impact (e.g., Pizam and Smith, 2000), visitor risk perceptions (e.g., Fuchs and Reichell, 2011; Korstanje, 2015), dark tourism (e.g., Seraphin and Seraphin, 2017), social theory (e.g., Mansfeld and Pizam, 2006) or tourism demand (e.g., Arana and Leon, 2008), with very few adopting a more strategic outlook as regards tourism destinations (Beirman, 2003; Paraskevas and Arendell, 2007). This themed issue seeks to redress this balance by addressing a major knowledge gap in our understanding of the longer term impacts of terrorism on the resilience of tourism destination brands (see Avraham, 2015), their overall competitiveness in the global tourism market and their attractiveness to major international investors.

The aims of this themed issue are as follows:

1.    To determine how acts of terrorism in affected cities influence these cities’ destination images and brands.

2.    To explore how consumers adapt their behaviours in the short- and long-term with respect to affected cities and their surrounding regions.

3.    To examine the strength of destination brand resilience in cities affected by terrorist acts.

4.    To analyze successful recovery strategies in tourism cities affected by terrorism.

5.    To review the overall impacts of terrorism aimed at visitors on global tourism.

6.    To analyze risk-taking profiles of consumers in the context of terrorism acts and their probability of occurrence.

We invite papers which engage with Terrorism in Tourism Cities in the following topics (indicative but not exhaustive themes):

•    Terrorism and destination brand resilience

•    Terrorism management frameworks for tourism cities

•    Destination image recovery after terrorism attacks

•    Visitor behaviour during and after terrorism attacks

•    Crisis management in tourism cities

•    Consumer perceptions of risk in visiting affected cities

•    Changes in activity behaviours of tourists in affected cities

•    Impacts of terrorist attacks on tourism regions

Interested authors should email their abstract (200-300 words) or proposal to Andres Coca-Stefaniak, before November 15th, 2017.

•    Authors will be notified no later than December 1st, 2017 on the decision over their abstracts.

•    Full articles (6,000-8,000 words) should be submitted by March 31st, 2018. The format of guidelines is provided on the journal webpage:

•    All manuscripts will undergo anonymous peer review.