Regional Science and Tourism in the Era of Global Uncertainty
(NECTAR Special Session in North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International RSAI 2020)
NECTAR Clusters 5-6 Special Session
San Diego, CA, USA November 11-14, 2020
Call for papers
As part of the Annual Meetings of 2020 North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) in San Diego, CA from November 11 to 14, 2020, we would like to invite you to special session(s) for “Tourism and Regional Science in the Era of Global Uncertainty” that Nectar clusters 5 and 6 are organizing jointly with the NARSC and RSAI.
The website for submission is now open in the User Area of NARSC website (https://www.narsc.org/newsite/userarea/UserArea.php). Short abstracts as well as full papers (also in draft format) will be accepted for the Special Session.
Selected full papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of the Regional Science Policy & Practice Journal, following standard review/revision procedures. (https://rsaiconnect.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17577802).
Christaller (1964) was probably one of the first regional scientists who analysed, after the conference held in Lund during 1963, the patterns on geographical location of tourist activity. Christaller found that “It is typical for places of tourism to be on the periphery. In this way, regions economically benefit from factors which cannot be utilized otherwise: high mountain chains, barren, rocky landscapes, heather, unproductive dunes.” (p.86). Since then, the tourism industry has changed dramatically. It is not so much the activity to move away from each other but instead to be with each other visiting their places and new places, also being involved with tourists in our own places because the we, and the places we live, are nice. That is why regional science – the study of human interaction within space with sound methods – has a say that can change the scientific perspectives on tourism that often miss space and the relation with each other. Regional Science as a discipline needs to analyse multiple strategies, policies and trends that are critical for tourist destinations that aspire to position and to consolidate their image in the world-wide network of tourist destinations at different geographical levels, urban or rural, within a framework of tough global competition. However, as world is currently experiencing, the unexpected events including but not limited to pandemic contagious diseases, regional political instabilities, safety issues with terrorist attacks, make the future of tourism uncertain. Due to the increasing concerns for mobility across space with the growing global uncertainty, tourism activities are expected to get downward pressure, while the increasing demand for various types of experience in tourism destinations may boost the worldwide growth of tourism in the future.
For this reason, potential topics discussed at the Special Session include:
How can tourism studies benefit from Regional Science?
Quantitative methods of Regional Science applied to Tourism
Pandemic Diseases and Tourism Industry
Consumer Behavior & Tourism Analysis
From Well-Being and Happiness of tourists to Quality of Life of host residents.
New Directions and Paradigms in Regional Science applied to Tourism
From Decision Making to Travel Behavior
Regional Science and Hospitality Research. The notion of industrial clusters.
Tourism Infrastructure. Natural and Cultural Endowments
Tourism Flows. Place, Time and Activities
National and Regional Tourism and Travel Competitiveness
Tourism Trends. Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism
Tourism Demand: Demographic, Behavioral and Social Changes.
The abstracts/papers will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee and the notification of paper acceptance will be distributed by July 15th, 2020.
NECTAR is a European-based scientific association. The primary objective is to foster research collaboration and exchange of information between experts in the field of transport, communication and mobility from all European countries and the rest of the world. It is a multidisciplinary social science network. It brings together a wide variety of perspectives on transport and communication problems and their impacts on society in an international perspective. For further information see: https://www.nectar-eu.eu