Safer Resorts, Safer Communities: tourism and crime

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Rob Mawby, Mine Ozascilar,

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Safer communities implies safer environments where people live and work. But with the expansion of the tourism industry more people are spending longer on vacation, including independent travellers and those staying in tourist resorts. The need to provide a safe environment is a key feature of the tourist industry, but one that is often implicit rather than explicit, as the industry treads the cautious line between ensuring tourists’ safety and avoiding the sort of reputation for crime, disorder and terrorism that might deter customers. Tourists who feel insecure or unsafe, whether due to the threat of crime, terrorism, or political unrest, are unlikely to opt for certain destinations, and if they feel unsafe on holiday are unlikely to return. This special issue aims to address theoretical concerning crime in resort areas, offending patterns, and tourists most at risk, and practical issues pertaining to making resorts safer for both residents and tourists, and minimising the harm suffered by victims.

List of Topic Areas

  • Crime and disorder in resorts. 
  • Public perceptions of safe and unsafe holiday destinations. 
  • The impact of security perceptions on tourist demand. 
  • Local residents’ perceptions of the impact of tourism on safety and security. 
  • Victimisation of tourists. 
  • Tourists as offenders 
  • Policing resorts. 
  • Helping tourist victims.

Submissions Information

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Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 
Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key Deadlines

Opening: 1st Oct 2023
Closing: 1st Aug 2024