Special Issue "New Models and Paradigms for Future Festival and Events"
A special issue of Tourism and Hospitality (ISSN 2673-5768).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (6 January 2023) | Viewed by 9377
Interests: festival and event lifecycles and management; access and inclusion at events; yoga tourism; destination development and leadership
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Because of their nature, festivals and events were one of the first industries to be hit by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which caused an unprecedented threat and crisis in the sector, with high profile events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Dubai World Expo, along with heavy hitting cultural festivals such as Edinburgh’s Festivals and vital small scale community events all being cancelled or forced to move into the previously unexplored virtual world. This disengagement with audiences, supporters, stakeholders, and the supply chain has had a huge impact on the industry in terms of jobs lost, cash flow challenges, increasing safety and security demands, and decreased audience engagement and confidence.
However, as some global destinations start to move out of lockdown and the sector begins to reopen, there is limited literature examining the impact that COVID-19 has had on events and festivals (Miles and Shipway, 2020). Different business models and ways of approaching event delivery are starting to emerge that are mindful of event digitalisation, contingency planning, physical distancing, altered funding models, and consumer reticence and resilience.
This Special Issue aims to explore the evolving role and contribution of festivals and events in contemporary society, further exacerbated by the events of 2020. It will examine how the experiences of the past year have prompted festival and event organisers, funders, and audiences to reimagine how events will be designed, delivered, supported, and evaluated in the future, and their value to individuals, organisations, and destinations.
We invite papers that engage with festivals and events in the following topics (these are indicative, but not exhaustive themes):
- Delivering future festival and event design and experience
- Festival and event audience motivations, sentiment, behaviours, and propensity to travel
- Reimagining of festival and event space and place
- Different business models for the monetisation and commercialisation of festivals and events
- Access, inclusion, and diversity within festivals and events
- Emergence of different festival and event delivery models, i.e. virtual and hybrid
- Relationship between festivals and events and their host communities and destinations
- Innovation and creativity of the festival and event product.
Reference: Miles, L. and Shipway, R. (2020) Exploring the COVID-19 Pandemic as a Catalyst for Stimulating Future Research Agendas for Managing Crises and Disasters at International Sports Events. Event Management 24. 537-552.
Prof. Dr. Jane Ali-Knight
Dr. Gary Kerr
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Tourism and Hospitality is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- festivals and events
- business models
- contingency planning
- audience sentiment
- future forecasting