Tourism in Times of War: Tourism Cities in Times of Global Turmoil



The world is experiencing the impacts of a war that is changing the world as we know it. This special issue aims to address the consequences of war on tourism, under different perspectives. The special issue will include both an overview and new developments in the research conducted on the impacts of crises provoked by war and armed conflicts in the tourism industry. At the same time, it will be also provide a space to consider conceptual development of the debate on the peace-tourism nexus.

This special issue intends to be useful for academic researchers, students and for travel, tourism and hospitality workers as it addresses, in an interdisciplinary manner, crucial topics and concerns in those areas. It is necessary to look ahead, anticipating new challenges related to international tourism in an unstable era. Moreover, in addition to the direct impact on the tourism industry, this special issue also focuses on the social, cultural, economic and political effects that wars and armed conflicts have on tourists, destinations and on their communities.

 The special issue addresses a broad set of questions, including aspects related to tourism planning, management, and marketing in a time when the tourism industry is facing several disruptive events, generating crises as never seen before. Several perspectives on this debate are welcomed: i) quantitative and qualitative research; ii) conceptual and theoretical approaches; iii) discussions focusing on economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of tourism development; iv) other relevant analyses or problems.

List of themes

Possible topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to):

  • Economic impact of war and conflicts on the tourism industry;
  • War, Conflicts, Security and Tourism: demand side's perception and supply side's solutions;
  • Tourism as a potential vehicle of intercultural dialogue to boost mutual understanding and human connection;
  • Social costs of war and conflicts: migrations, mobility of residents and tourists;
  • Cultural attractions and heritage at war and conflicts: preservation, significance and protection;
  • Topicality of the debate on tourism and peace;
  • Peace, tourism, and environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability;
  • War, conflicts and crisis management within the tourism sector;
  • Tourism and activism for peace;
  • Tourism sustainability in an uncertain future.

Submission Information

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see:

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

  • Abstract submission: 30th November 2022
  • Full paper submission: 15th March 2023
  • Revisions to authors: 30th May 2023
  • Final papers: 15th September 2023
  • Publication: February 2024

Guest Editors

Cláudia Seabra, University of Coimbra, Portugal, [email protected]

Fabio Carbone, Coventry University, UK, [email protected]

Marta Soligo, University of Nevada, USA, [email protected]