Tourism Places will be published in addition to the current five issues per year that is the currently normal frequency of Tourism Geographies. This special edition (like a special issue) will include high quality tourism studies that provide an in-depth understanding of tourism phenomena in a particular place or region, or of a particular type of tourism. The quality of place analysis and insight is the primary criterion for peer review, rather than contributions to conceptual theory.
Tourism Places was proposed as a potential outlet for some of the many papers that are submitted to Tourism Geographies that are more place oriented, rather than theory oriented. We receive a lot of papers that are primarily describing tourism in a place because many people associate place description with the discipline of geography. Some of these papers appear to be quite good, although they violate the journal's preference for theoretical research (see: How to Avoid a Desk Rejection)
Depending on the success of this endeavor, the number of Tourism Places special editions may increase from one in 2017 to more issues in future years. The special edition will still be published under the Tourism Geographies heading, and would, therefore, carry and contribute to the journal's impact factor. Submissions to Tourism Places will be made through the Tourism Geographies ScholarOne portal. Referees will be informed that papers are being reviewed for the Tourism Places special edition, with its distinct editorial orientation. Please see the Tourism Places link for more information on submitting paper for this special edition.
To avoid confusion, with the Tourism Places special edition, this blog site has been renamed from the "Tourism Place Blog" to the "Tourism Space Blog". Feel free to post any comments or questions about this new project below. -- Thanks, Alan Lew
UPDATE 12 February 2017: Special issues may also contain papers designated and reviewed as Tourism Places articles. For more information see the Tourism Places link.