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Mountain tourism in Europe




Stefano Duglio & Riccardo Beltramo

Department of Management &

NatRisk – Research Centre on Natural Risks in mountain and hilly environments

218 bis, Corso Unione Sovietica

IT10134 – Torino (Itay)

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The European Journal of Tourism Research is pleased to invite the international research community to contribute to its Special Issue "Mountain tourism in Europe”, to be published in 2019.




Mountains are the second most popular tourism destinations in the world, following coast and island resorts (UNEP, 2007) and account for about 15% of worldwide tourism, generating between 70 and 90 billion U.S. Dollars per year (UNEP, University of Geneva and University of Bern, 2014).

Covering about 24% of the world’s land surface, a total of 139 nations in every continent has its mountains (Richins et al., 2016). Their characteristics vary widely in terms of climate, vegetation, animal species and human activities, depending on the ecosystem they are located in. Europe has seven mountain chains, the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Caucasus, the Kjolen, the Taurus, the Thain and the Ural (UNEP, 2007). These are in many European countries with different cultures, traditions and economic activities.

Therefore, the offer for European mountain tourism is able to meet a vast range of tourist’s needs - nature, relax, sports, leisure, culture, health and wellness. The way it does so differs depending on the territorial constraints, opportunities and political strategies. The last decade has witnessed some important contributions made by the European Parliament (EUROMONTANA, 2011) towards the development of a new tourism strategy European Leve. However, such development strategies in mountain resorts have depended on those adopted in the past at a national or even a local level.

The aforementioned peculiarities is why it would be better to discuss different kinds of mountain tourism in Europe, rather than making a pool of mountain tourism as a whole. Indeed, the Alps, for instance, had a tourism boom in the 1960s and 70s, thanks to the many ski resorts, but are now going through a period of crisis. This crisis has both underlying endogenous factors, such as people at managerial levels and local policy makers not having fully understood how to cope with what today’s tourist is looking for, and exogenous factors. Climate change plays a significant role in the latter (Pechlaner & Manente, 2002) threatening the mountain destinations, especially at lower altitudes (CIPRA, 2011). Mountain areas can make for large-scale tourism or responsible tourism. Indeed, these two typologies can coexist well and, when this does occur, it is worth identifying the conditions that make it possible. Moreover, the number of promotion tools with different characteristics and concepts of sustainability has increased in the tourism sector. Therefore, studies on this area of investigation are welcomed to clarify their role and efficacy.

The Topics of Interest in this Special Issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

- Challenges in European mountain tourism.

- The mountains as a tourism destination.

- The role policy makers play in the development of mountain tourism.

- Mountain tourism, local communities and cultural heritage: benefits and threats.

- Mountain tourism and the preservation of the environment.

- Mountain tourism in protected areas.

- The mountain hospitality sector.

- Business models for mountain tourism operators and managers.

- Ski tourism, ski resorts and climate change.

- Sports tourism in mountain areas.

- Mountain tourism, agriculture and local food products.

- ICT and new technologies for mountain tourism.

Both theoretical approaches, research results and practical experiences are welcomed in this special issue.




  1. CIPRA (2015) What Role Do the Alps Play Within World Tourism? Available at http://alpsknowhow.cipra.org/background_topics/alps_and_tourism/alps_and_tourism_chapter_introduction.html. Last accessed: 19th December 2017
  2. Duglio, S.; Beltramo, R. (2017). Estimating the Economic Impacts of a Small-Scale Sport Tourism Event: The Case of the Italo-Swiss Mountain Trail CollonTrek. Sustainability, 9(3), 343
  3. EUROMONTANA (2011). Background paper on sustainable mountain tourism. Proceedings of “Sustainable active tourism—mountain communities leading Europe in finding innovative solutions” Conference, 27-28 September 2011, Inverness (Scotland). Available at https://www.euromontana.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2011_09_EM_backgroundpaper_Iverness.pdf. Last access: 27th December 2017.
  4. Pechlaner, H.; Manente, M. (2002). Manuale del turismo montano: prospettive, cambiamenti e strategie di management, Touring University Press: Milan (Italy). Available at www.cipra.org/it/pdfs/163. Last access: 19th December 2017
  5. Richins, H.; Johnsen, S.;Hull, J. (2016). Overview of Mountain Tourism: Substantive Nature, Historical Context, Areas of Focus. In: Mountain Tourism: Experiences, Communities, Environments and Sustainable Futures (eds H. Richins and J.S. Hull), Thompson Rivers University: Canada, pp. 1-12
  6. United Nations Environment Program – UNEP (2007). Tourism and Mountains. A Practical guide to managing the environmental and social impacts of mountain tourism. UNEP: Paris (France), ISBN: 978-92-807-2831-6
  7. United Nations Environment Program – UNEP; University of Geneva; University of Bern (2014). Tourism in mountain regions. Hopes, fears and realities. University of Geneva: Geneva (Switzerland), ISBN 978-2-88903-027-9
  8. Weaver, D.B. (2012). Organic, incremental and induced paths to sustainable mass tourism convergence. Tourism Management, 33




June 15th 2018: full paper submission.

September 2018: reviews (double-blind)

December 2018: submission of the final version

First half of 2019: paper publication in the special issue

Submissions must be made in electronic form and submitted to the guest Editors of the Special Issue through the e-mails: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it






Special issue of the European Journal of Tourism Research

"Creating European identity through tourism”

Guest Editors:

Fabio Carbone (Coventry University, UK)

Luiz Oosterbeek (Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Portugal)

Craig Webster (Ball State University, USA)



The European Journal of Tourism Research is pleased to invite the international academy to contribute to its Special Issue "Creating European identity through tourism”, to be published in November 2018.



The process of building a European identity – a social construction - represents a journey that began as a response to the catastrophe of the First and Second World War (and the Great Depression between them). The narrative of a shared European identity took shape with the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill claiming in 1946 the need for the creation of a “European Family”, where citizens could share a sense of “patriotism and common citizenship”. This journey had important milestones so far – for instance, the idea of European identity was in the 1960s the only way to provide a safe space in a world polarizing between two Cold War global superpowers, and in the 1990’s it seemed that European politicians had succeeded in integrating nations into a strong Europe) – but today we are witnessing a halt in this process. What does the future hold? We strongly believe that European identity is about connecting the millions who live within a continent that houses shared values of democracy in politics, humanitarian justice in the law, a vibrant and open exchange of goods and technology, and energized transnational cultural production. Mobility of people, and the learning processes that it entails in terms of cultural complex awareness, are key drivers of identities, as well as of partnerships and conflicts. Following the World Humanities Conference, organized by UNESCO and CIPSH in 2017, issues related to borders, identities, memory and academic research, are inextricably linked. We believe the plurality of European nations could flourish within a shared commitment to democratic rules and human rights standards, but to reach this goal, moving away from the idealistic rhetoric, there is a need for strong interdisciplinary participation in a common debate about how to create a sense of belonging that is relevant and significant in the contemporary context. Within this context, we propose to the academic community to adhere to this debate by contributing with the Special Issue "Creating European identity through tourism”. This Special issue will be focusing on this pressing concern, namely on the definition of the role of tourism in the process of building a European identity nowadays. We invite to submit original and unpublished papers from a wide range of disciplines and we especially appreciate interdisciplinary works based on different research areas. We would like to invite the submission of papers that are both conceptual and empirical, qualitative and quantitative in nature as well as that adopt different theoretical perspectives. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

- Relationships between travel habits and European identity formation

- Identity, intangible heritage

- Tourism and identity-based economy (with special focus on European identity)

- Tourism and cultural diplomacy

- Tourism, Identity and New Narratives (European cases)

- European (tourism) policies

- Culture, urban tourism and identity in Europe

- Hosting communities’ engagement and participation

- Transportation, mobility and European identity

- Challenges of an inclusive European cultural destination

- Tourism and the creation of a sense of belonging and European cohesion in social, economic and political terms.

- Tourism, memories and history

- Mobility, tourism and migrations

- Tourism and identities in a digital world



  1. The European Journal of Tourism Research (EJTR) accepts for review only manuscripts that have not been published previously in any language and are not being reviewed for possible publication in other journals.

  2. Submissions must be made in electronic form and submitted to the guest Editors of the Special Issue through the e-mails: fabio.carbone@coventry.ac.uk, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  3. Within 5 working days the corresponding author shall receive an e-mail from the guest Editor of the Special Issue, confirming the receipt of the manuscript, providing the manuscript’s number to be used in future reference.

  4. All correspondence thereafter regarding the review process of the manuscript shall be with the guest Editor of the Special Issue.

  5. The EJTR applies double-blind review process. The author(s) and the reviewers of the submitted manuscript remain anonymous in order to guarantee the impartial and fair review of the manuscripts.



  1. The first page of the manuscript should include: title of the manuscript in capital letters, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), contact details of the corresponding author (postal address, phone, e-mail, and fax), an abstract of 100-200 words, and not more than 6 key words. The second page should include the title of the manuscript in capital letters, the abstract and the key words without name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s).

  2. The corresponding author shall receive all correspondence and off-prints. He/she is also responsible for proofs checks.

  3. Manuscript formatting requirements: Paper size: A4; Page margins: top/bottom/left/right – 2.5 cm = 1 inch; Text: double spaced; Font: Ariel or Times New Roman; Font size: 12 points; Alignment: Justified. No footnotes allowed. Use endnotes instead.

  4. The text must be written in British English.

  5. Headings formatting – must be bold, not in capital letters, no indent. Place one return after the previous paragraph.

  6. Tables and Figures should be incorporated in the text. They must be numbered using Arabic numeral. The title and number of the table has to be above the table, aligned left, and not in capital letters. The name of the table should be in italic. The title and number of the figure has to be below the figure, centred, in italic and not in capital letters. The figures must be provided in a print-ready form in their final size.

  7. References. In the text references must be included using the Harvard system – “author, date” style (e.g. Webster, 2005). Page numbers for specific points or direct quotations must be given. The reference list must be placed at the end of the manuscript and ordered in alphabetical order of authors. Specific formats:

    • For journal articles - Buhalis, D. (2000). Marketing the competitive destination of the future. Tourism Management, 21(1), 97-116.

    • For books and monographs - Kotler, P., Haider, D. H., &Rein, I. (1993). Marketing places: Attracting investment, industry and tourism to cities, states and nations. New York: The Free Press.

    • For chapters in books – Bachvarov, M. (2006). Tourism in Bulgaria. In Hall, D., Smith, M., & Marciszewska, B. (eds.) (2006). Tourism in New Europe. The challenges and opportunities of EU enlargement. Wallingford: CAB International, 241-255.

    • For conference reports – Cooper, A., & Wilson, A. (2002). Extending the relevance of TSA research for the UK: general equilibrium and spillover analysis. Paper presented at the VIthInternational Forum on Tourism Statistics, 25th-27th September 2002, Budapest.

    • For Internet sources - Wirtz, J., Kimes, S., Ho, J., & Patterson, P. (2002). Revenue management: resolving potential customer conflicts. Working Paper Series. School of Hotel Administration.  Cornell University. URL: http://www.hotelschool.cornell.edu/chr/pdf/showpdf/chr/research/working/revenuemanage.pdf (Accessed on 16.12.2005).



  1. Both conceptual and empirical papers are welcome

  2. Regular articles should normally have between 4000 and 20000 words. EJTR especially welcomes contributions between 10000 and 20000 words. The paper must include an introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion and conclusion. The proposed structure is not compulsory and may vary depending on the specific paper.



  1. Proofs of accepted papers shall be sent to the corresponding authors for editing. Major revisions in text are not allowed except in case of editors’ or publisher’s mistakes.

  2. Off-prints will be received by the corresponding author. Every author shall receive one copy of the issue with his/her publication.



By publishing in EJTR, authors transfer the copyrights on published papers to Varna University of Management and EJTR. Authors may use freely figures or tables of their published papers without prior consent of the journal provided EJTR is mentioned as the original source of publication. For reproducing other parts or full text papers authors must obtain prior permission from the Editor-in-chief of EJTR.



February 15th 2018: full paper submission.

March 2018: notification about the acceptance and reviews (double-blind)

June 2018: submission of the final version

November 2018: paper publication in the special issue


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