CALL FOR PAPERS: Tourism Transitions, Changes and Creation of New Spaces and Places in Europe


The Special issue of GEOGRAPHIA POLONICA focuses on the ongoing changes and transformations of tourism spaces and places in Europe and the impact of socio-political and economic transitions on tourism. The past two or three decades have been characterized by complex and multi-scalar changes and processes, which have brought about a restructuring and revisioning of spaces and places where tourism activities do now and will take place in the future. In Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), especially, the political and socio-economic changes that crystallized in 1990s have deeply transformed the nature, functioning and development of tourism places and spaces. These processes of change have been partially guided by the European Union and its various funding sources targeting regional and local development in rural, urban and cross-border contexts. At the same time we have observed a transformation from a planning economy to the free market economy which has had an important implications for tourism development and its spatial structure in the CEE.
Since the 1990s tourism has substantially grown and changed in Europe. Some destinations and forms of tourism have declined, while newly emerging tourist forms, activities, places and regions have evolved. New tourism infrastructure, new attractions and tourism products have been created, and cultural and natural heritage resources are being increasingly utilized in tourism for local and regional development. All this has created a need to discuss and critically evaluate governance, policy, planning, marketing, human mobilities and socio-economic dimensions linked to growing tourism sectors.
This Special Issue calls for theoretical, methodological and empirical case studies illustrating the diversity of socio-spatial changes, transitions and formations that influence, guide and control tourism development in different temporal and spatial scales and settings in Europe, specifically in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Special Issue would particularly welcome papers addressing the following topics:

  • transformations of tourist spaces and places in the changing political, economic and social contexts;
  • new trends and processes in changing tourism places and spaces;
  • tourism and regional and local development;
  • policy, governance and marketing analyses in (and for) tourism;
  • the use and role of natural and cultural heritage resources in tourism;
  • urban and rural restructuring and tourism;
  • new methodological approaches in tourism research;
  • comparative analysis of tourism development in Central and Eastern Europe (or Europe, in general), with special attention to post-socialist changes and transformations and europeizations of tourist destinations in former socialist spaces.

Authors interested in contributing to the issue should submit a proposal by May 9th, 2018, (300-500 words abstract, complete with title, key words and full contact details in a doc or docx file) to: Marek Więckowski (, Tomasz Paczuski – secretary of the journal ( and Jarkko Saarinen (
Authors will be informed about the provisional acceptance before May 18th, 2018. Full paper submission dead-line is September 30th, 2018. Maximum limit is 36,000 signs max., spaces included.
Since 1972 the GEOGRAPHIA POLONICA has been indexed by SCOPUS, and by the Web of Sciences TM Core Collection ESCI – since 2017. Proposed papers cannot be previously published or currently submitted elsewhere. The Journal uses a double-blind review.  
The final publication is scheduled in 2019.

All proposals and questions should be sent to
Marek WIĘCKOWSKI         and         Jarkko SAARINEN       

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