Call for Chapters: Prospects and Challenges of Community-Based Tourism and Changing Demographics

Posted by Ishmael Mensah, community karma 247

IGI Global


Call for Chapters: Prospects and Challenges of Community-Based Tourism and Changing Demographics







Ishmael Mensah, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Ewoenam Afenyo-Agbe, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: November 4, 2020
Full Chapters Due: March 4, 2021
Submission Date: March 4, 2021


The challenges associated with conventional tourism has occasioned more sustainable forms of tourism including community-based tourism (CBT). CBT has been defined as "tourism that takes environmental, social and cultural sustainability into account. It is managed and owned by the community, for the community, with the purpose of enabling visitors to increase their awareness and learn about the community and local ways of life" (Suansri, 2003, p.14). There has been a proliferation of CBT projects around the world over the years, probably due to the fact that it is seen as an attractive model for achieving socio-economic development of tourist destinations. Among the benefits of CBT are the improvement of rural economies, empowerment of the local community and poverty alleviation. In as much as CBT has been promoted as being more beneficial to local communities, its implementation is not without challenges. According to Cole (2006) in many developing countries, community participation is constrained by institutional factors such as centralised decision-making processes, an unwillingness by tourism planners to include destination residents in decision-making, and a lack of knowledge among host communities about ways in which they could participate. Tourism is one of the industries that has suffered the most from the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel has been seriously hampered by lockdowns, border closures, flight cancellations and other social distance measures. This includes travel to rural and indigenous communities. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, destination marketing organizations and managers of CBT projects have to adopt different marketing strategies including shifting to target new demographics in an effort to remain sustainable. Though issues relating to CBT have become topical in recent times, the experiences in different parts of the world have been different. The fortunes, challenges and impacts of CBT vary across different contexts, and this calls for a book that addresses the issues from different perspectives. This book will provide theoretical and empirical insights into the prospects and challenges associated with CBT from a multidisciplinary global perspective. The book will critically examine issues of structure, impact, management, marketing, support, changing demographics, challenges, sustainability and implications for the future of CBT. Frameworks and methodologies employed in assessing CBT initiatives will also be examined.


The aim of this edited book is to provide theoretical and empirical insights into contemporary issues relating to CBT. It also seeks to highlight critical lessons and trends in CBT from both established and new community-based tourism initiatives to inform the design, management, marketing and sustainability of community-based tourism projects. It seeks to provide academics and practitioners with comprehensive knowledge of CBT.

Target Audience

The target audience for this book are students, practitioners, academics and researchers. This book is intended for practitioners as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students of tourism and hospitality management. The book will also be relevant to tourism policymakers, destination managers, managers and stakeholders of CBT projects as well as managers of tourist boards, tour operations. It will also appeal to those who are interested in knowing more about CBT.

Recommended Topics

• Benefits sharing • CBT and crisis management • CBT and cultural preservation • CBT and gender issues • CBT and human right issues • CBT and natural resource conservation • CBT and poverty alleviation • CBT and rural livelihoods • CBT and sustainable tourism development • CBT and wildlife conservation • Community involvement in tourism development • Community participation in tourism development • Current trends in community-based tourism development • Demographic changes and the future of CBT • Impact of COVID-19 on CBT • Impacts of CBT • Local economic development and CBT • Management of community-based tourism projects • Marketing of community-based tourism • Partnerships in CBT development • Planning Community-based tourism • Private-public participation in CBT • Sustainability of CBT projects

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 4, 2020, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by November 18, 2020 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 4, 2021, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Prospects and Challenges of Community-Based Tourism and Changing Demographics. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2022.

Important Dates

November 4, 2020: Proposal Submission Deadline 
November 18, 2020: Notification of Acceptance 
March 4, 2021: Full Chapter Submission 
May 2, 2021: Review Results Returned 
June 13, 2021: Final Acceptance Notification 
June 27, 2021: Final Chapter Submission


Ishmael Mensah
University of Cape Coast

Ewoenam Afenyo-Agbe
University of Cape Coast