Call for Abstracts | “Sports and Tourism: Economic Impacts” | Special issue of Tourism Economics. Call ends December 15, 2018

Guest Editor:

  • Juan L. Nicolau, J. Williard and Alice S. Marriott Professor of Revenue Management,  Virginia Tech <>

Tourism Economics, published bimonthly from SAGE, is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes the latest quality research that covers the business aspects of tourism in the wider context. Tourism Economics is SSCI-indexed, with an impact factor of 0.942 in 2017.


This special issue aims to analyze the relationship between sports and tourism from a wide perspective to examine the resulting economic impacts on destinations and/or tourism firms. Considering the importance of some national and international sports events, the provision of new analytical tools and relevant research outcomes becomes critical, not only for the host territories and their businesses but also for the countries and cities taking part in the competition via sports teams and/or individual athletes (e.g. Can the tourism industry of a country be influenced by the final position of the country’s sports team in a competition?).

This special issue seeks to provide new results that shed light on the intricacies of the sport-tourism relationship by inviting submissions on all facets of the economic impact of sports on tourism. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to the following:

    • The impact of sports events on the host territory (country, city)
    • The impact of sports events on the territory taking part (country, city)
    • The relationship between sports results and tourism performance
    • Sports event demand forecasting
    • Sports event optimal design

Submission Guidelines

Papers submitted must not have been published, accepted for publication, or be under review for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the journal’s “Submission Guidelines” (

Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to contact the guest editor regarding potential topics of interest or any questions/suggestions regarding the special issue. One-page Abstracts should be submitted directly to the guest editor via email by December 15, 2018 to the following address:

Juan L. Nicolau
Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, USA.

The abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editor, and those that make significant contribution and fit the theme of the special issue will be invited for full paper submission. Full papers should be submitted before May 17, 2019 through the journal’s online system ( Please select the correct issue to submit to: “Sports and Tourism: Economic Impacts”. All papers will be peer reviewed before possible inclusion in the special issue.


Abstracts Submissions: Dec 15, 2018
Abstract Decisions: January 15, 2019
Full Paper Submissions: May 17, 2019
Revisions and Decisions: August – September 2019

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