CFP: Journal of Heritage Tourism: Special issue on Heritage transportation and Tourism

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Dr Michael Conlin, Okanagan School of Business, Okanagan College, Canada.

Dr Geoffrey Bird, School of Tourism and Hospitality, Royal Roads University, Canada.

Dr Leanne White, College of Business, Victoria University, Australia.

Since the Industrial Revolution, transportation modalities have been at the forefront of technological advancement. As a result, the broad area of transportation has experienced significant change over the past several centuries and as a consequence, left us with a rich diversity of heritage, both in terms of physical elements as well as social and psychological impacts on people and societies. Within the context of the study of tourism, the primary transport types are railways, ships and boats, automobiles, and aircraft. All of these have a rich history and as such, provide the basis for encouraging or enhancing tourism, either directly or by providing motivations for various forms of travel.

With the increase in interest among tourism academics in cultural heritage, including industrial cultural heritage, research and publishing activity focusing on transportation heritage has correspondingly increased, with an emphasis largely placed on railways and car travel (see for example, Conlin and Bird’s 2014 book Railway Heritage and Tourism, and Prideaux and Carson’s 2010 book on Drive Tourism).  However, this special issue of JHT intends to cast its net widely to encompass all heritage transportation forms and to examine all the various ways in which they impact tourism, including traditional preservation objectives, commercial applications, collecting and trading, as well as simply travelling in a historic manner and the act of travel as a heritage experience.

We invite contributions that advance understanding of the role of heritage transportation to the development and sustainability of tourism. These contributions can be theoretical or applied in nature given the inherent issues and challenges facing heritage transportation in the context of tourism.

Key themes for the proposed theme issue of the journal include (but are not limited to):

  • The range and diversity of heritage transportation and its relevance for tourism.
  • The debate between preservation and exploitation of heritage transportation for tourism.
  • The evolving role of authenticity in heritage transportation tourism.
  • The profile, motivation and expectations of visitors to heritage transportation tourism destinations and attractions.
  • The role of community and volunteers in the development and management of heritage transportation destinations and attractions.
  • Sustainability issues and heritage transportation.
  • Spatial design and semiotics and their influence on heritage transportation experiences.


Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by email to: by 31 May, 2014.

Authors will receive feedback on their abstracts by 30 June, 2014.

Completed papers (not exceeding 5,000 words) incorporating the guest editors’ feedback must be submitted via email by 31 December, 2014.

Normally three double-blind reviews of papers will be obtained.

The special issue of the journal is anticipated to be published in late 2015 or early 2016.
Please send all submissions via email, as Microsoft Word attachment to:

Dr Leanne White

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