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Technology in Tourism and Hospitality to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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


Dr. S. Mostafa Rasoolimanesh 
Taylor’s University, Malaysia

Dr. Alisha Ali
Sheffield Hallam University

Prof. Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu (Editor-in-Chief)
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, USA


Sustainable tourism attempts to strike a balance between the economic, environmental and social-cultural benefits and the costs of tourism development (Rasoolimanesh & Jaafar, 2017). It aims to improve the quality of life of destination residents, while simultaneously trying to conserve the environment, nature, and heritage for future generations (Edgell, 2016). Tourism development can have both positive and negative economic, socio-cultural, environmental, technological, and political impacts on the destinations (Rasoolimanesh & Jaafar, 2017). Concerning the importance of these impacts, and to address the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by the UN General Assembly in September 2015,  the year of 2017 was declared as the international year of sustainable tourism for development. Since this pronouncement, there has been a mobilization of research and projects to facilitate the achievement of SDGs through the channel of sustainable tourism. However, the functionality of the tourism and hospitality industries to facilitate sustainable development and contribute to the achievement of SDGs has been criticized by some scholars and practitioners (Higgins-Desbiolles, 2018).

Conversely, the tourism and hospitality industry has been influenced by the rapid development of information technology (IT) in the last few decades (Law, Buhalis, & Cobanoglu, 2014). The growth and transformational impact of IT as an integral part of tourism and hospitality is widely recognized as it has effectively connected tourists and tourism and hospitality businesses more than ever before (Buhalis & Law, 2008), and has influenced tourist behavior and destination development (Law et al., 2014).

Today we are seeing increasing engagement of these technologies to address sustainability issues. Given the key role of adoption and development of IT in achieving the SDGs and facilitating the sustainable development of tourism, there is a paucity of studies in this academic sphere. In fact, the application of technologies for managing the sustainable tourism development of destinations is one area, which has been very largely ignored, in the academic literature (Ali & Frew, 2014).  Therefore, the current special issue aims to publish a collection of studies and good practices, which explore the contribution of adoption and development of IT in tourism and hospitality in achieving the SDGs.

A more explicit recognition of the role played by technologies in the sustainable development of tourism could offer new and exciting avenues for research. It would allow us to deepen our understanding of the requirements of the industry with regards to managing its sustainability and how we can implement and adopt technologies to help mitigate tourism's negative impacts.

Submissions and Review Process

This issue welcome top-quality papers on different aspects of hospitality and tourism technology, which are investigating the contribution to 17 SDGs achievement. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • IT and pro-poor tourism
  • The role of IT in creating sustainable tourism partnerships
  • IT as a force for local community involvement 
  • IT and tourist education
  • Clean technology and sustainable tourism 
  • Sustainable tourism supply chain and ICT 
  • ICT role in sustainable consumption and production in hospitality

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

  • Abstract should be emailed to the editors for initial review and approval. (Abstracts should be concise and to the point with appropriate references following the JHTT structured abstract)
  • If your abstract is found suitable, you will be invited to submit your full paper. Each article needs to be approximately 5000-7500 words long.  
  • Two reviewers will be selected for a double-blind review process.
  • Based on the reviewers’ recommendation, the editors will decide whether the particular submission should be accepted as it is, revised and re-submitted, or rejected.

Key Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 31st January, 2019 

Interested authors should email their abstracts (500 to 750 words) to the both editors Dr. S. Mostafa Rasoolimanesh ( and Dr. Alisha Ali (

Notification of abstract acceptance: 15th of February 2019

Deadline for submitting the full papers: 31st of May 2019

Revision and Final Decision: 31th of October 2019

Special issue expected publication date: February 2020 

General submission guidelines for authors can also be found in below link:


Ali, A., & J. Frew, A. (2014). ICT and sustainable tourism development: an innovative perspective. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, 5(1), 2-16. 

Buhalis, D., & Law, R. (2008). Progress in information technology and tourism management: 20 years on and 10 years after the Internet—The state of eTourism research. Tourism management, 29(4), 609-623.

Edgell Sr, D. L. (2016). Managing sustainable tourism: A legacy for the future. Routledge.

Higgins-Desbiolles, F. (2018). Sustainable tourism: Sustaining tourism or something more?. Tourism management perspectives, 25, 157-160.

Law, R., Buhalis, D., & Cobanoglu, C. (2014). Progress on information and communication technologies in hospitality and tourism. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 26(5), 727-750.

Rasoolimanesh, S. M., & Jaafar, M. (2017). Sustainable tourism development and residents’ perceptions in World Heritage Site destinations. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 22(1), 34-48.