CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Edition of Tourism Review
Professor C. Michael Hall
Department of Management
University of Canterbury
Health tourism in the form of spa, wellness and medical has become a significant, and sometimes controversial, dimension of tourism in a number of new and long-established destinations. Several social, economic and environmental changes are responsible for an increase of leisure based health orientation and a provision of new health services in a leisure setting. Reduced social support as a result of the adoptionof neoliberal policies, a globalised approach to health marketing and provision, a broader understanding of health, and a worldwide growth and differentiation of the leisure structures of wellness resorts (spas, hospitals, wellness hotels, wellness tourism) have encouraged spas, health resorts, health care providers and tourism destinations to develop health services for self-paying guests and to develop niche markets in order to survive in an increasingly competitive environment.
The global understanding of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (WHO 2005) should be seen as a key reason for the development of new international health tourism products. The perception of health has changed over the last decades and being healthy now means more than not being ill and includes notions of wellness. Therefore, the continued growth of a health awareness in industrial society, the significance of image to identity, and the continued ageing of society all point to the expansion of health oriented tourism well into the Twenty-First Century.
This special edition on health tourism is designed to cover a range of issues surrounding the consumption and production of health tourism in contemporary society including, but not limited too, the following:
- health tourism and resort rejuvenation
- cross-border health and medical tourism
- development of health, medical and spa tourism
- the politics and regulation of medical tourism
- consumer perception and understanding of health and medical tourism
- health tourism and an aging society
- the health tourism market
- health and medical tourism in developing countries
- government and insurance company sponsored health tourism
- health tourism and destination marketing
All papers submitted for the special edition of Tourism Review will be subject to double blind peer review before publication and should conform with all criteria, submitting and formatting requirements as described at:
Abstracts (250 words) should be send to Professor C. Michael Hall (michael.hall@...) by June 30 , 2009. Information about acceptance by July 30 2009. Submission of full papers by December 2009. The publication of the special issue is planned for late end of 2010/beginning of 2011.
Tourism Review aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of tourism as an interdisciplinary phenomenon and to provide insights into developments, issues and methods in tourism research. As the official journal of AIEST, the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism, it promotes an exchange of scientific concepts and research findings across different cultures and language barriers as well as serving as a platform of results, in particular, for young researchers. The journal is targeted at a broad audience including scientists as well as policymakers and managers.
Professor C. Michael Hall, PhD.
Department of Management, College of Business & Economics, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand 8140
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