Call For Papers

 Current Developments in Tourism Sustainability

(Special Issue – March 2022)

We invite paper contributions on topics addressing the following questions (1) What sustainability myths are the most salient in tourism narratives shaping international policy making documents? (2) In 2018, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC, 2018) announced a "common agenda" with the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The agenda highlights the need to reduce the contribution of the travel and tourism industry for climate change and support the quantitative reduction goals. What is the role of national states in the implementation of tourism sustainability? (3) If sustainability is not a myth, then how are tourism stakeholders fighting climate change? (4) What are the current offers and demand for sustainable travel?  (5) What sustainable tourism practices work best?


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Current developments in Sustainable-Responsible Tourism discourse

- Issues regarding the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) that serves as the international body for fostering increased knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism practices

- How are tourism stakeholders building demand for sustainable travel?

- How is the tourism industry pro-actively embracing the decarbonization narrative.

- the main sustainability criteria for hotels, destinations, and tour operators and what tourism sustainability standards are being followed in specific destinations?

- What is the future of Travel & Tourism in the wake of Covid-19 - are there any signs that the World has been reinvigorated to tackle social, environmental, and institutional sustainability?

-- Social and economic consequences of non-sustainable mass tourism

- Quality of life, health, and wellbeing in communities exposed to risk

- Differences in perceptions of tourism sustainability between residents and tourists

-  Issues on Sustainability and destination image

- Tourism and pro-environmental behaviour in communities around Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

-Examples of sustainability policy solutions for economic growth, social equity, and environmental problems.

- The links between tourism sustainability and peace.



Fatima Lampreia Carvalho, PhD, Cinturs, University of Algarve:

Sílvia Fernandes, PhD, FE & Cinturs, University of Algarve:



All papers will be peer-reviewed. Articles must follow the publication rules as presented in the Author Guidelines. Any comments or doubts should be sent to the guest editor.



Abstracts and full articles should be submitted until September 30, 2022 to the Guest Editor.



(Special Issue – December 2022)

In the last decade, the rapid growth in the use of digital platforms has led to the development of a new concept: digital well-being. Digital well-being refers to the impact of digital technologies and digital products on people’s lives, specifically in terms of both mental and physical health. This continued use of digital platforms has changed our lifestyle, thus our well-being is now directly linked to an online world.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives have been digitalized more than ever, since telework has been implemented in most jobs, and students attend online classes. This situation has provoked new health issues, such as technostress, which refers to the stress caused by the use of digital technologies on a daily basis. In this way, workers are looking for trips to avoid the use of technologies and disconnect from this online universe.

In this context, a new conception of tourism has been prompted by the tourism industry, where the lack of internet, no-smartphone initiatives, or digital retreats have been offered to their clients. These initiatives based on a “digital detox” are designed to mentally distance tourists from their daily digital routines since they keep smartphones away from their owners in order to increase wellness during their trip. Therefore, the purpose of this special issue is to contribute to topics related to digital well-being and tourism. The Special Issue is aimed at both academia and the practitioners to deliberate upon the empirical and conceptual papers about topical developments:

  • The role of rural tourism in digital well-being
  • Mental health issues related to digital well-being
  • Use of tourism mobile applications and its effects on people
  • Tourism no-internet or no-smartphones initiatives
  • The role of digital platforms in the tourism industry
  • User behavior towards digital-free trips
  • Gen Z’s perception of tourism disconnection
  • Responsibilities in the tourism industry linked to digital well-being

For this Special Issue, we invite paper contributions related to any of the topics outlined above and which clearly relate to digital well-being and tourism.

Full articles should be submitted until May 31, 2022, to the Guest Editors: 

José Ramón Saura, PhD, Rey Juan Carlos University:

Eloisa Díaz-Garrido, PhD, Rey Juan Carlos University:


All papers will be peer-reviewed. Articles must follow the publication rules as presented in the Author Guidelines. Any comments or doubts should be sent to the guest editor.