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Tourism and Hospitality: Planning &Development << Special Issue >> Call for papers Low Carbon Tourism Travel: Cycling, Walking and Trails Guest Editors: Richard Weston, University of Central Lancashire, UK JosĂŠ Carlos Mota, University of Aveiro, Portugal There is increasing pressure for destinations to reduce their carbon footprint and to enhance their part in providing for healthy, relaxing forms of travel. A recent study for the European Parliament (2009) concluded that cycle tourism has a role to play in a more sustainable future for domestic and international tourism, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;that cycle tourists bring major benefits to localities which currently do not enjoy mainstream tourism development.â&#x20AC;? (Ibid. 12) Whilst cycle tourism fits well with regional and national policies for the development of sustainable tourism, there are a number of barriers to this. For example, poor integration with public transport and the lack of consistent infrastructure deter the development of the market. Demand tends to occur where good networks of cycle routes exist; in a European context this tends to be Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands (Larsen, 2007). Equally, there have been cycle tourism developments in Australasia and North America in recent years, but these tend to be fragmented. A similar picture can be discerned in relation to walking and tourism. There is greater need for more research focusing on the economic, social and environmental benefits of cycling and walking for leisure in general and cycle and walking tourism specifically. If greater investment is to be made by regional, national and supra-national bodies more evidence is required so that decisions are made to good effect. The editors welcome papers that include the following or similar issues, with regard to the development of cycle tourism development in different parts of the world:              

Cycling and walking for tourism Trail/network development and promotion Environmental impacts of cycle and walking tourism Changing trends in cycle and walking tourism Understanding the role of cycling and walking in sustainable tourism development Social and health impacts of cycle and walking tourism Cycle tourism destinations Walking tourism destinations Cycling and walking as slow travel Economic impacts of cycling and walking Integration with rail and coach travel Spatial planning approach to cycle and walking tourism Strategies, plans and projects regarding cycling and walking The governance of tourism & leisure cycling and walking

Contributors should note:  The call is open and competitive  All papers will be blind reviewed in line with journal policy  Papers must be based on original material not under consideration by other journals  The editors will select the papers for publication in the special issue but will also recommend others for publication in subsequent issues of the journal if the need arises  Please see the journal guidelines for preferred paper length, style and additional information (  It is envisaged that the special issue will be published in late 2010  Papers should be submitted as an attachment [word document] to an email letter to  Editorial enquires should be made to

Deadline for submissions: 30th June

Tourism and Hospitality: Planning &Development University of Central Lancashire, UK University of Aveiro, Portugal

Low Carbon Tourism Travel - Call for papers