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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 2021.



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.



2019, October 31st - Extended abstracts (400 words) due to guest editors

2019, November 30th - Notification to the authors

2020, March 31st March - Full paper submission for peer review

2020, June 30th - Notification to the authors

2020, August 31st - submission of the final version

2021 - publication of the special issue


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