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Tourism in Indian Cities

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Tourism Cities

The ScholarOne site will open for submissions July, 2019

Guest Editors:
Dr. Jithendran Kokkranikal (University of Greenwich, United Kingdom)
Professor Kapil Kumar (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India)
Professor Alastair M. Morrison (Visiting Professor, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom)
Dr. Vanessa GB Gowreesunkar (University of Africa, Nigeria)

Historically cities have been major tourist destinations for a variety of reasons.  (Ashworth and Page, 2010). The pull factor to the cities varies from cultural and monumental heritage to pilgrimage cities and from events to modern leisure activities. Not only they are attractions for both domestic as well as international tourists but in many cases they are the entry ports for remote destinations. Hence, tourism to cities has also been a major contributory factor in their expansion, economic growth and opportunities for employment.  Besides, cities have also emerged as Centres of multiculturalism, convention avenues, exhibitions, fairs and festivals.  All such activities and development have led to demographic changes also with rapid growth of population in cities, thereby also having an impact on the sustainability of cultural heritage.  Further, globalisation and constantly evolving global economic systems have created the need for cities to reinvent themselves to maintain their economic competitiveness, if not survival (Marques and Borba, 2017). In fact, tourism too has increased competitiveness among the destinations with various cities world over vying with each other to attract tourists and tourism related business. There are a host of factors that influence the tourists’ choice of city as a destination, from understanding culture, leisure, events, security, etc. Constant tourism inflows also pressurise the carrying capacity in relation to infrastructure and environment and very often the relationship between the host and the guests.  The guest-host relationships have also led to cultural and societal changes in many cities, sometime leading to anti-tourism movements and protest against over tourism (Seraphin, Sheeran and Pilato, 2018).

Taking these factors into account we have decided to bring out a Special Issue on “Tourism in Indian Cities”.  Indian cities have been hardly researched from the point of view of tourism, both positively and negatively. Moreover, one finds in India various patterns of urbanisation with the most ancient cities like Varanasi, or Haridwar, etc.  to the most modern grand cities like Chandigarh, Noida, Gurgram, etc. They also present a unique mix of traditional cultural and modernity. Hence, researching such cities from the point of view of tourism will contribute in meeting the challenges that tourism is throwing for the cities to be addressed to. 

We welcome contributions from researchers and scholars who work in areas related tourism in cities with a specific focus on India.

Possible broad themes and topics include, but not limited to:

  • City tourism governance
  • Planning and designing tourism in cities
  • Smart tourism cities
  • Sustainable tourism in cities
  • Special interest markets and products for city tourism
  • City marketing and branding
  • Cultural and heritage tourism cities
  • Events and festivals
  • Creative and experiential tourism in cities
  • Tourism mobility in Cities
  • Business Tourism in Cities


  • Abstract Submission deadline: April 19th, 2019
    (400 words, 3-5 keywords. Include a short biograph for each author. The author guidelines and review process for International Journal of Tourism Cities can be found here:
  • Abstract decisions: May 17th, 2019
  • Final paper submissions: August 16th, 2019
    Note that the portal for paper submissions will not open until July, 2019
  • Review decisions: December 20th, 2019
  • Publication: 2020 (Issue number to be determined)

Please submit your proposals by sending a 400-word abstract of your proposed paper to [email protected] by April 19th, 2019. Please state ‘Tourism in Indian Cities’ in the subject line.

Ashworth, G. and Page, S.J. (2011) Urban tourism research: Recent progress and current paradoxes, Tourism Management, 32, pp. 1-15.

Marques, L. and Borba, C. (2017) Co-creating the city: Digital technology and creative tourism, Tourism Management Perspectives, 24, pp. 86-93.

Seraphin, H., Sheeran, P. and Pilato, M (2018) Over-tourism and the fall of Venice as a destination, Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, in press.