The International Journal of Tourism Cities (IJTC)

With Volume 3 Issue 4, the International Journal of Tourism Cities (IJTC) completes its third successful year of publication. Twelve issues are published in 2015, 2016, and 2017, including three Special Issues on the Application of Smart Tourism to Cities; Communist Legacies and Cities; and Tourism in Contemporary Cities (ITSA 6th Biennial Conference). Altogether IJTC’s 12 issues comprise 70 articles, four editorials, and one book review.

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A peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Tourism Cities provides an international forum for the critical study of urban tourism and tourism cities. The journal aims to be inter-disciplinary in its appreciation of tourism cities and tourism in urban areas, and welcomes original, theoretically-informed articles from those involved in the planning, management or marketing of tourism in city destination or places adjoining urban areas.

Urban tourism and travel cover many disciplines and impinge on numerous aspects of daily life within cities. Moreover, they play a key role in domestic and international tourism in most countries, and cities often function as key travel gateways and tourism destinations.

Editorial team


Professor Alastair Morrison
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Dr. Andres Coca-Stefaniak
Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich, UK

Aims and Scope

The International Journal of Tourism Cities contents include primary research articles, expert discussions on current urban tourism issues, and tourism city case studies. Articles are selected that are relevant to both academics and practitioners. The journal particularly encourages contributions on contemporary topics and issues in urban tourism including smart cities and tourism, environmental impact and sustainable tourism development in cities, citizen and stakeholder involvement in tourism, city destination governance, and the development of policies and standards for city tourism development.

The International Journal of Tourism Cities has four distinct purposes:

  1. To encourage greater research and scholarship related to tourism in urban settings.
  2. To stimulate more interdisciplinary research on tourism in cities, particularly the integration of tourism and urban studies theories and principles.
  3. To generate more research studies on tourism at the edge of cities, where urban and rural areas converge.
  4. To create more literature on best practices in city tourism worldwide through in-depth analyses and the production of exemplary case studies.

IJTC is the official journal of the International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA). ITSA’s main objective is to bridge the gaps in tourism studies and research, education, and training between developed and developing countries. The Association has offices in London and Shanghai. The overall purpose of the International Journal of Tourism Cities is to fill these gaps in the tourism research literature from multidisciplinary perspectives.

The International Journal of Tourism Cities is a multidisciplinary journal that focuses on all aspects of tourism within cities. The major disciplines and themes are as follows:


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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson”

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