Call for Papers:

Special Issue on Advanced Methods to Measure Tourism Impacts

Tourism is a fast-growing industry, offering economic benefits and opportunities, but potentially also originating social costs. Policymakers and stakeholders seek to maximize benefits and minimize negative externalities, which can be far from achieving a perfect match between the demand side and supply side. Research on methods that adequately address the measurement of social, environmental and economic impacts of tourism are of considerable importance given the dynamics of this industry.

The challenge of finding adequate ways to measure and forecast tourism impact depends on the quality of the statistical information available, the spectrum of unexpected events (natural disasters, crises, fashion, terrorism, among others), and the complexity of the tourism system. All these issues raise challenges even for the most sophisticated econometric methods. Although there is some consensus in measuring the impact of tourism on GDP, employment, investment, and other macroeconomic indicators, the impact, however, goes far beyond the macroeconomic level. This special issue aims to bring to the discussion methods which adequately measure the different dimensions of tourism impacts.

Topics include but are not limited to:
  1. i) Suitable methods to measure less tangible impacts.
  2. ii) Understanding which impacts are worth measuring and their interpretation.
  3. iii) Adequate methods to measure economic impacts applied to multiple destinations.
  4. iv) Comparisons and forecasts of tourism’s macroeconomic contributions.
  5. v) Critical discussions around tourism satellite accounts and general equilibrium models.
  6. vi) Quantitative and qualitative analyses at the macro and micro levels.
  7. vii) Models to measure social, environmental, and economic impacts.
  8. viii) Studies addressing employment, poverty, natural disasters, shifting flows, and the impacts of peace and terrorism on tourism.
  9. ix) Methods that depict the impacts of different types of tourism.
  10. x) Methods that measure negative externalities.
  11. xi) The role of technology in measuring tourism impacts.
  12. xii) Cross-country research in which Portugal is also considered is particularly welcome.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be assessed under the usual review process at PEJ. Please refer to the Springer site of the journal for specific instructions and online submission. Choose “special issue” for the type of article.

Deadline for submissions

Submissions to this Special Issue are welcome from 1 April to 31 December 2018. The Special Issue will be published in 2020.

Special issue editors

  • Correia, Antónia (U. Algarve & U. Europeia)
  • Rodrigues, Paulo M.M. (Banco de Portugal & Nova SBE)
  • Smeral, Egon (Viena Modul University)