Tourism Cities in Latin America - Issues, trends and innovation in urban tourism

Submission deadline extended: 30th September 2022

Special Issue editors:

Dr. Blanca A. Camargo, Business School, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico

Professor J. Andrés Coca-Stefaniak, University of Greenwich, UK


Tourism is an important sector of the economy for the majority of countries in Latin America. In 2018, tourism contributed to 8.7% of the region’s GDP, 7.8% of all employment, and 7.3% of total exports (World Travel and Tourism Council, 2019). Most research into tourism in Latin America tends to focus on tourism in natural and protected areas, sun, sand, and sea destinations, or to iconic landmarks (e.g., Machu Picchu) with little attention paid to tourism in urban environments, where almost 626 million people currently reside. Cancún, Mexico City, Punta Cana, Buenos Aires, Lima and Rio de Janeiro were ranked among the Top 100 City destinations of the world by number of visitors (Go.euromonitor, 2018) with the same report forecasting that developing countries will dominate the megacity scene in the mid-term future until 2030. Latin America boasts a variety of global tourism cities, each with a unique offer in terms of culture, history, gastronomy, business and entertainment, which will continue to drive economic development plans aimed at decreasing the region’s overdependence on natural resources.

This Special Issue seeks to contribute to existing knowledge on urban tourism in Latin America (Camargo et al., 2021), identify opportunities and challenges for tourism development in urban destinations, and present innovative approaches to develop and promote urban tourism in this region. In line with this, we invite submissions of empirical research papers and case studies from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking destinations in Mexico, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean Islands.

Suggested topics

We invite contributions that address both conceptual and methodological concerns related to urban tourism in Latin America, including research on the following topics (indicative but not exhaustive themes):

  • Tourism competitiveness
  • Smart tourism cities and smart tourists
  • Experience design
  • Tourist behaviour
  • Niche tourism
  • Authenticity in Latin American cities
  • Sustainable, responsible and ethical tourism
  • Festivals and event tourism in urban settings
  • Gastronomy and culinary tourism
  • MICE tourism in urban settings
  • Innovation in tourism development
  • Tourism impacts and overtourism
  • Resort tourism
  • Destination management and marketing
  • Development and application of new technologies for tourism
  • Tourism governance
  • General urban tourism challenges
  • Urbanisation and city tourism


Pre-submission abstract/proposals (200-300 words) should be emailed directly to Blanca Camargo ([email protected]) or J. Andres Coca-Stefaniak ([email protected]) for a desk assessment and feedback by the editors.

Important deadlines

Abstracts (emailed directly to editors): 1st October 2021

Authors notified of decision on their abstracts: 1st December 2021

Full articles (6,000-8,000 words): 30th September 2022

Online submissions of full articles (but not abstracts/proposals) need to be made online in line with the journal’s author guidelines.

All manuscripts will undergo anonymous peer review.


Camargo, B.A., Chavez M.L., Ginocchio M.C. (2021), “Tourism in Latin America: an overview and new experiences in city tourism”, In: A.M. Morrison and J.A. Coca-Stefaniak (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Tourism Cities, London: Routledge, 2018. Megacities: Developing Country Domination. [online] [Accessed 24 June. 2021].

WTTC, World Travel and Tourism Council, 2019. City Analysis. [online] WTTC [Accessed 9 Apr. 2019].