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TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND WELLBEING IN SOUTH AMERICAN DESTINATIONS


Special issue call for papers from Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights

Guest Editor
Robertico Croes, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida – USA, robertico.croes@ucf.edu
Alexandre Panosso Netto, University of São Paulo – Brazil, Panosso@usp.br

Co-Founding Editors-in-Chief

Fevzi Okumus, University of Central Florida - RCHM, USA, Fevzi.Okumus@UCF.edu
Mathilda van Niekerk, University of Central Florida – RCHM, USA, Mathilda.vanNiekerk@UCF.edu

Purpose
South American countries form a large subcontinent, hosting over 400 million inhabitants. In 2016, their combined economies exceeded US$3.8 trillion. Brazil, one country in South America spawns the eighth largest economy in the world with a gross domestic product of nearly US$1.8 trillion.  South America has also been relatively successful in reducing regional poverty over the past decade overcoming daunting challenges imposed by the lost decade of the nineties. However, the commodity boom at the heart of its recent success in reducing poverty, increasing employment and salaries may have seen its best days. This new reality may exacerbate the already troubling inequality landscape. How these countries will cope in overcoming the socio-economic challenges ahead will determine how successful they will be in sustaining the achieved progress.

Tourism may be a relevant policy option for these countries as they try to safeguard their achievements and how to grow further. In multiple developing countries, tourism has contributed to promote trade and development. Increased tourism development has driven tourism supply capacity and higher levels of investment in infrastructure, human capital, and technologies to increase efficiency and management of higher levels of tourism activity. Tourism can also generate benefits to other economic sectors by strengthening linkages within the national economic landscape and by including more local entities in the value chain. Tourism may also reduce poverty and inequality indirectly through economic growth and directly through more economic opportunities to the poor. Tourists with more knowledge of the local market, or whose preferences are aligned with the local market could have a positive impact on the host economy. Therefore, a local firm in the tourism sector may have a much larger market for its goods and services, and may achieve economies of scale and efficiencies. In doing so, tourism could propel economic growth and enhanced well-being for residents in these destinations.


Despite these opportunities that tourism could bring to South American countries, tourism development remains in its infancy. Tourism’s output in South American countries is slim compared to other regions in the Americas such as the Caribbean and Central America and Mexico. Tourism has received little attention from South American policy makers as a potential meaningful development tool due to their socio-economic history and experience. This lack of attention is also manifested in the tourism literature. Little has been written about tourism development in South America in English language. This special issue attempts to break this silence. This special issue seeks to provide meaningful insights on whether tourism development will improve the well-being of South American residents.

Submissions related to (but not limited to) answering the following questions are particularly welcome:
•    Does tourism development matter to residents’ well-being in South American destinations?
•    What are the factors that frame and shape the relationship between tourism development and well-being in these destinations?
•    What are the theoretical and policy implications for tourism studies and destination managers in these destinations?

General information for Prospective Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. For more details and manuscript guidelines, please visit the official website at:
http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=jhti

Submission Procedure

Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to contact the special issue editors regarding potential topics of interest or any questions/suggestions regarding the special issue. Abstracts (up to 750 words) can be submitted directly to the guest editors via email (robertico.croes@ucf.edu and/or Panosso@usp.br) by 30 July 2018. Abstracts must be concise and to the point, with appropriate references. Full papers must be submitted by 30 October 2018 through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Please select the correct issue to submit to: “Tourism Development and Wellbeing in South American Destinations”. Registration and access are available at:  http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jhti

Author guidelines for JHTI can be found at: http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=jhti

Review Process

Each paper submitted to this special issue is subject to the following review procedures:

1.    It will be reviewed by the guest editors for general suitability for this special issue.
2.    If found suitable, three reviewers will be selected for a rigorous double-blind peer review process.
3.    Based on the recommendations of reviewers, the guest editors and the Editors-in-Chief will decide whether the particular submission should be accepted as it is, revised and re-submitted, or rejected.

Timeline
Abstracts Submissions: 30 July 2018 (robertico.croes@ucf.edu and/or Panosso@usp.br)
Abstract Decisions: 15 August 2018
FULL Paper Submissions: 30 October 2018
Publication: Middle 2019