International Journal of Tourism Cities

I’ve just been asked to joint the editorial board of the new International Journal of Tourism Cities (IJTC), which has been launched by the International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA).


IJTC has four distinct purposes:

1. To encourage greater research and scholarship related to tourism in urban settings.
2. To stimulate more interdisciplinary research on tourism in cities, particularly the integration of tourism and urban studies theories and principles.
3. To generate more research studies on tourism at the edge of cities, where urban and rural areas converge.
4. To create more literature on best practices in city tourism worldwide through in-depth analyses and the production of exemplary case studies.

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 is headquartered in Washington, DC, and its Secretariat Office is located at Peking University, Beijing, China.

IJTC is a multidisciplinary journal that focuses on all aspects of tourism within cities. The major disciplines and themes covered in the publication are:

• Anthropology and other social sciences
• Architecture and landscape architecture
• City tourism governance, coordination and organization
• Consumer behavior 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
• Impacts of 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

IJTC publishes full-length research articles, case studies, and research notes. Full-length research articles are of 6,000-8,000 words (excluding figures and tables) and research notes of generally less than 3,000 words. Case studies may be longer and in the range of 10,000-15,000 words.
A double-blind review process is used for all submissions.

We especially encourage submissions of research on urban and city tourism from scholars in developing countries, and collaborative works by researchers in developed and developing countries. This is consistent with ITSA’s main objective.

IJTC is now accepting submissions and these can be directed to either or both our Editors-in-Chief:

Prof. Alastair M. Morrison,
President, ITSA and Emeritus Distinguished Professor, Purdue University

Prof. Bihu “Tiger” Wu,
Peking University, College of Urban and Environmental Science, International Center for Recreation and Tourism Research (ICRTR)

Dreamland, tourism and the regeneration of Margate

This week, a battle has been taking place in the High Court over the future of the Dreamland theme park site in Margate, Kent.  The Local Authority for Margate, Thanet District Council, has been granted a Compulsory Purchase Order for the site, because it wants to develop it in what it sees as the best interests of the town and its residents.  The owners of the site, Dreamland Live, are challenging this decision and want to retain the right to develop this land in their own commercial interests.

This is a brief news report about the background to the court battle, including a short contribution from me.  The court case finished yesterday, with a judgement due in around two weeks.

The Dreamland site is an important part of Margate’s tourism heritage and vital for the future of tourism development and regeneration in the area.  The delays to this project are incredibly damaging to the development of the town and are only worsening Margate’s Tourism Destination Image, which had been massively improved recently with the opening of Turner Contemporary.

Click here to find out about more about Dreamland

I wrote a journal article about the regeneration of Margate, and of the use of culture to regenerate seaside towns generally, which you can read more about here.

The large dreamland site
The large Dreamland site

I’m not convinced that the owners of the site have really grasped the full potential of a revitalised Dreamland for tourism and economic development. However, I’m equally concerned that the local authority may not have the funds, capacity and commercial experience to deliver a project that is sustainable in the long-term.

I hope that the future development of Dreamland involves a genuine partnership between the public and private sectors and that the Dreamland Trust remain at the heart of the project. The trust have put together a set of really exciting ideas for the future of the site and represent a range of views and interests in the local community.  Without them, I’m sure that the whole site would have been given over to housing or a supermarket development long ago.