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Leisure and Vacation Decision Making

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research

Co-Editors: Alain Decrop, Louvain School of Management & FUNDP (University of Namur); Kenneth F. Hyde, Business School, AUT University, Auckland
Objectives. This special issue of International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research (IJCTHR) focuses on the plans and decisions made by individuals and households relating to leisure and vacations from micro and/or holistic perspectives. Plans and decisions are made both prior to and during leisure and vacation experiences using explicit and/or implicit thinking processes. Such processes may involve one or more people within the household. The influences of changing aspects of the decision environment (e.g., the evolving role of information and communication technologies, or the increasing importance of decision-making units other than traditional families) are useful to consider. Contributions are welcome from both positivist and interpretive traditions, using both qualitative and/or quantitative approaches.
The topics could include (but not limited to):
·        Models of leisure/tourist decision making
·        Tourist information search and use 
·        Vacation plans and vacation planning 
·        Decision timing and sequencing 
·        Vacation/destination decision rules and choice heuristics 
·        Assessment/comparison of methods used to investigate vacation decision-making 
·        Family and group processes in leisure/vacation decision making 
·        Social and cultural differences in decision-making processes 
·        Hedonic and adaptive decision-making 
·        Independent traveler’s planning and decision processes 
·        Experiential aspects of planning and decision-making processes 
·        Comparison of planned and realized leisure/vacation behaviors 
·        Implicit thinking, attitude, and behavior in leisure and vacation theory 
·        Tourist use of information and communication technologies
Manuscripts should be created using Microsoft Word and submitted as an e-mail attachment to both Alain Decrop ([email protected]) and Ken Hyde ([email protected]) on or before March 14, 2008.
Manuscript requirements
·         Include all authors and their full addresses on the cover page; include a separate abstract page
·         Article length should be limited to 20 text pages, not counting the cover page, abstract and reference pages
·         A brief autobiographical note should be supplied, including full name, affiliation, e-mail address, and full international contact details for all authors
·         A structured abstract must be supplied and should be set out under 4-6 sub-headings: Purpose; Method/Approach; Findings; Research Limitations/Implications (if applicable); Practical Implications (if applicable); and, the Originality/Value of Paper. Maximum is 250 words. For more information and guidance on structured abstracts visit:
·         Six keywords on the abstract page should be provided which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper
·         Submissions must be in American-English--please have a native or near-native American-English speaker review document before submission
·         Send one WORD file attachment of the complete manuscript (send one additional file of exhibits in POWERPOINT if appropriate for the manuscript). 
Please see the following link for further author guidelines.