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Aims & Scope
Tourism in Marine Environments, official journal of the International Coastal and Marine Tourism Society (ICMTS), is an interdisciplinary journal dealing with a variety of management issues in coastal and marine settings. It is a scientific journal that draws upon the expertise of academics and practitioners from various disciplines related to the marine environment, including tourism, marine science, geography, social sciences, psychology, environmental studies, economics, marketing, and many more.
The marine environment has long been one of the most attractive settings for tourism and recreation. Marine tourism, as defined by Orams (Marine tourism: Development, impacts and management. Routledge; 1999, p. 9) includes “those recreational activities that involve travel away from one’s place of residence and which have as their host or focus the marine environment (where the marine environment is defined as those waters which are saline and tide-affected).” Thus, it includes a wide spectrum of activities, such as scuba diving and snorkeling, wind surfing, fishing, observing marine mammals and birds, the cruise ship and ferry industry, all beach activities, sea kayaking, visits to fishing villages and lighthouses, maritime museums, sailing and motor yachting, maritime events, Arctic and Antarctic tourism, and many more.
Tourism in Marine Environments aims to contribute to the process of theory building, and to be the leading source for research reports and analysis related to all forms of marine tourism. It is governed by an international editorial board consisting of experts in coastal and marine tourism, marine science, and related fields. This board coordinates most of the manuscript reviews and therefore plays a large role in setting the standards for research and publication in the field. The Editor-In-Chief receives and processes all manuscripts, from time to time modifies the editorial board, and works to ensure a continuous improvement in quality.
Brooke A. Porter
School of Hospitality and Tourism
Faculty of Culture and Society
Auckland University of Technology
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Auckland, New Zealand
School of Hospitality and Tourism
Faculty of Culture and Society
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland, New Zealand
Marc L. Miller, University of Washington, USA
Research Notes Editor
Richard Aquino, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Book Review Editor
Mark B. Orams, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Student Section Editor
David A. Fennell, Brock University, Canada
Kirin Therese Apps, Southern Cross University, Australia
Anna Carr, University of Otago, New Zealand
Carl Cater, Swansea University, UK
Peter Corkeron, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, New England Aquarium, USA
Giacomo del Chiappa, University of Sassari, Italy
Paul Forestell, Pacific Whale Foundation, USA
Brian Garrod, Swansea University, UK
C. Michael Hall, Canterbury University, New Zealand
Andreas Skriver Hansen, University of Gothenberg, Sweden
Ross Klein, Memorial University, Canada
Anna Lewis, University of Wollongong, Australia
Kerrie Littlejohn, University of Hawaii, USA
Serena Lucrezi, North-West University, South Africa
Manue Martinez, NorthTec/Tai Tokerau Wananga, New Zealand
Gianna Moscardo, James Cook University, Australia
Sue Muloin, Southern Cross University, Australia
E. C. M. Parsons, National Science Foundation, USA
Luis Silveira, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Paul Stolk, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Liz Slooten, University of Otago, New Zealand
Emma J. Stewart, Lincoln University, New Zealand
Clare Weeden, University of Brighton, UK
Jeffrey Wilks, Southern Cross University, Australia
Jackie A. Ziegler, University of Victoria, Canada
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Recent Updates to Instructions as a Result of COVID-19
COVID-19 has changed the world, and of course tourism is particularly affected by this as well. Tourism in Marine Environments is not calling for a special issue on this topic, but welcomes papers related to the effects of COVID-19 on coastal and marine tourism.
We do not wish to invalidate research undertaken pre-COVID-19, although some of the results and conclusions may not be applicable any longer. However, for all new submissions where data collection was unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask authors for the following.
Either build a reflection about how COVID-19 may have influenced the research and results/development into the conclusion, or add a post script. The post script would leave the initial paper and research untouched, but puts it in the light of a new reality. To accommodate this addition, we suggest the post script to be about 500 words in length.
Manuscript submission: Authors should submit manuscripts to the Editor-in-Chief, Brooke A. Porter, at: https://time.scholasticahq.com/
General manuscript preparation: Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document, double spaced, with all pages numbered. A cover page with the title only should be included because manuscripts are sent out for blind review. Include figures and tables at the end of the file or provide figures in a separate file attachment. Do not incorporate the figures and tables within the manuscript text. Main and secondary headings should be clearly identifiable. Full research papers are commonly in the range of 5,000-7,000 words in length (excluding figures, tables, and references). Longer papers may be negotiated with the editor-in-chief.
Title page: This should contain the title, all author names, and corresponding affiliation(s) for each author, which includes Department, Institution, City (State), Country. The corresponding author must be clearly designated and a complete mailing address and email address for the corresponding author must be included (phone and fax numbers are optional). A short title should also be included.
ORCID iD: Authors may include their ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) number if they wish and a link and the iD number will be included in the final article.
Abstract and Keywords: The article abstract should state concisely what was done and why, what was found, and what was concluded, and end with a list of up to five keywords pertinent to the central theme.
Text: Clearly indicate all main and subheadings. Follow the APA Publication Manual (7th edition) guidelines for citing references in the text (see below) and for the reference list. All figures and tables must be cited in the text in the order in which they appear (do not incorporate figures and tables within the body of the text). The file should be arranged as: title-only cover page, title page (with names and affiliations), abstract and key words, main body text, acknowledgment, biographical note(s), reference list, figure legends, figures and tables (or provide figures as a separate file). Avoid the use of text footnotes.
Biographical Note: A short biosketch of the author(s) should be included. Manuscripts accepted for publication should include a biographical sketch (current position, prior significant professional experience, technical interests,education, important activities, and professional affiliations) of all authors.
References: The reference list should be arranged in alphabetical order. Follow APA Publication Manual (7th edition) for text and reference list citations, per the examples below. Consult chapters 8 and 9 in the manual for complete text citations and reference list entries. [Note: always provide citation page number(s) for quoted material.] Include in the reference list only those cited in the text and ensure that all text citations have an entry in the reference list.
Text citations: (Bramwell, 2003) or (Duffus & Dearden, 1990; Hall, 2001, 2002) or Orams, 2002, p. 11) (for quoted material. Note that names are to be alphabetical within the parenthetical, NOT by date order.
Journal article: Schuler, A. R., & Pearson, H. C. (2019). Conservation benefits of whale watching in Juneau, Alaska. Tourism in Marine Environments, 14(4), 231–248. https://doi.org/10.3727/154427319X15719404264632
Book: Bramwell, B. (Ed.). (2003). Coastal mass tourism: Diversification and sustainable development in southern Europe. Channel View Publications.
Book chapter: Bekoff, M. (2002). Ethics and marine mammals. In W. F. Perrin, B. Wursig, & H. G. M. Thewissen (Eds.), Encyclopedia of marine mammals (pp. 398–404). Academic Press.
Internet source: Weissmann, A. (2019, October 7). Cruising’s climate challenge. Travel Weekly. https://www.travelweekly.com/Arnie-Weissmann/Cruisings-climate-challenge
Please note that citations such as “personal communication” should not be included in the reference list, but may be added parenthetically in the text.
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Use of Copyright Material: Authors must attest their manuscript contains original work and provide proof of permission to reproduce any content (artwork, photographs, tables etc.) in connection with their manuscript, also ensuring their work does not infringe on any copyright and that they have obtained permission for its use. It is important to note that any and all materials obtain via the Internet/social media (including but not limited to Face Book, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) falls under all copyright rules and regulations and permission for use must be obtained prior to publication.
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Author Options: Articles appearing in Tourism in Marine Environments are available to be open access and also contain color figures (neither is a condition for publication). Authors will be provided with an Author Option Form, which indicates the following options.
A voluntary submission fee of $125.00 includes one free page of color and a 50% discount on additional color pages (color is discounted to $100.00 per color page).
Open access is available for a fee of $200.00 for up to 15 pages and $50.00 for each additional page. Color would be discounted to $100.00 per color page.
If you choose to have your article be open access, an Open Access form will be sent with the amount due based on the number of pages at proof stage. The Open Access form will need to be completed and returned with payment information and any corrections to the proof prior to publication.
The use of color in articles is an important feature. Your article may contain figures that should be printed in color. There is a charge for figures appearing in color. Cost for color figure in an article $200.00 (if not paying Voluntary Submission Fee or Open Access Fee). A payment form will be provided with your proof if you take advantage of this option, which will need to be completed and returned with any corrections to the proof prior to publication.
Author Option Form: The Author Option form will be sent to the author whose manuscript is accepted. The form must be completed and returned with the final manuscript file(s) even if the answer is “No” to the options. This form serves as confirmation of your choice for the options.
Page Proofs: Page proofs will be sent electronically to the designated corresponding author prior to publication. Minor changes only are allowed at this stage. The designated corresponding author will receive one free copy of the issue in which the article is published and a free pdf file of the final press article will be sent by email.
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A special thanks to the Pacific Whale Foundation https://www.pacificwhale.org for its partnership with TiME and support of the ESL Authors program.
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Tourism in Marine Environments is committed to improving issues of social justice within and access to the scientific literature. As part of this effort we are offering free copy editing for qualifying ESL author(s) who do not otherwise have access to this service through their institutions. To qualify for this service, we ask authors specify the need for this service in the letter to the editor that accompanies submission. Upon receipt of a qualifying ESL manuscript, an intern/volunteer copy editor will be assigned. In return for the copy-editing service, we kindly request that ESL author(s) acknowledge by name, the copy editor in the acknowledgements section. Should a case arise where the assigned copy editor makes substantial contributions to the content of the manuscript (data analysis, suggestion/addition of scientific literature, advancement of the discussion, etc.) we kindly ask the author(s) to consider adding the copy editor as an additional author.
Tourism in Marine Environments (TIME) Peer Review Policy
Peer review serves to evaluate the scientific work of academics and/or working in the same field to ensure trustworthy scientific research is published.
In order to uphold these standards, Tourism in Marine Environments (TIME) utilizes a double blind review process in which neither the identities of reviewers nor of the author(s) are shared.
The peer review process for TIME is laid out below:
The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) checks the suitability of a submission for review. This may include such aspects such as general relevance to journal aims, format according to journal requirements, quality of research, adherence to relevant ethical guidelines, and/or basic readability (language and grammar).
If the article is deemed suitable for review, the EIC assigns the submission to an Editorial Board Member (EBM) based on expertise, lack of any conflicts of interest, and availability. The identity of the EBM is available to the authors during any point of submission.
The EBM then selects two reviewers for detailed peer review. The reviewers are chosen based on their expertise on the topic and lack of any conflict of interests is assured. Authors may not suggest reviewers; however, they are allowed to suggest reviewers to be avoided due to a potential conflict of interest.
Completion of peer review is expected within 4 weeks. Reviewers submit comments and recommendations to the EBM who then reviews the inputs and has autonomy to makes a decision regarding the article submission. If the EBM has questions about the review process she/he confers with the EIC for a final decision.
The decision of accept, accept with minor revision, accept with major revision, or rejection is then relayed to the authors along with detailed, blinded comments.
As a reviewer for TIME you would have the benefit of reading and evaluating current research in your area of expertise at its early stage, thereby contributing to the integrity of scientific exploration. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for TIME, please contact the EIC Michael Lück, Auckland University of Technology at email@example.com
As a reviewer for Tourism in Marine Environments, you can take advantage of the following incentive:
If you review three papers for one of the Cognizant journals (Tourism Review International, Tourism Analysis, Event Management, Tourism Culture and Communication, Tourism in Marine Environments, and Gastronomy and Tourism) within a one-year period, you will qualify for a free OPEN ACCESS article in one of the above journals.
The publishers and editorial board of Tourism in Marine Environments have adopted the publication ethics and malpractice statements of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) https://publicationethics.org/core-practices. These guidelines highlight what is expected of authors and what they can expect from the reviewers and editorial board in return. They also provide details of how problems will be handled. Briefly:
Tourism in Marine Environments is governed by an international editorial board consisting of academics and practitioners from various disciplines related to the marine environment, including tourism, marine science, geography, social sciences, psychology, environmental studies, economics, marketing, and many more. Information regarding the editorial board members is listed on the inside front cover of the printed copy of the journal in addition to the homepage for the journal at: https://www.cognizantcommunication.com/journal-titles/tourism-in-marine-environments under the “Editorial Board” tab.
This editorial board conducts most of the manuscript reviews and plays a large role in setting the standards for research and publication in the field. The Editor-in-Chief receives and processes all manuscripts and from time to time will modify the editorial board to ensure a continuous improvement in quality.
The reviewers uphold a peer review process without favoritism or prejudice to gender, sexual orientation, religious/political beliefs, nationality, or geographical origin. Each submission is given equal consideration for acceptance based only on the manuscript’s importance, originality, academic integrity, and clarity and whether it is suitable for the journal in accordance with the Aims and Scope of the journal. They must not have a conflict of interest with the author(s) or work described. The anonymity of the reviewers must be maintained.
All manuscripts are sent out for blind review and the editor/editorial board will maintain the confidentiality of author(s) and their submitted research and supporting documentation, figures, and tables and all aspects pertaining to each submission.
Reviewers are expected to not possess any conflicts of interest with the authors. They should review the manuscript objectively and provide recommendations for improvements where necessary. Any unpublished information read by a reviewer should be treated as confidential.
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The publishers agree to ensure, to the best of their abilities, that the information they publish is genuine and ethically sound. If publishing ethics issues come to light, not limited to accusations of fraudulent data or plagiarism, during or after the publication process, they will be investigated by the editorial board including contact with the authors’ institutions if necessary, so that a decision on the appropriate corrections, clarifications, or retractions can be made. The publishers agree to publish this as necessary so as to maintain the integrity of the academic record.
Table of Contents:
Volume 16, Number 3
What Is Wrong With Recreational Scuba Diver Databases? – 125
Terrence L. Cummins
School of Business and Law, Central Queensland University, Cairns, Australia
This commentary draws attention to the challenges for researchers in accessing and using recreational scuba diver training agency and other dive industry databases. These challenges may lead to biased conclusions as to the size and nature of scuba diver populations, falsely identify the diver in specific sectors, distort potentials for scuba diving tourism, and incorrectly ascertain what exactly motivates diver travel preferences. The commentary aims to raise awareness of the challenges of gaining access to meaningful recreational scuba diver data and a need to exercise caution when using available scuba diving industry databases.
Key words: Recreational scuba diving tourism; Diving; Diver; Databases; Motivation
An In-Depth Analysis of Planned Cruise Ship Itineraries and Voyages in the Canadian Arctic – 133
Melissa Weber,* Jackie Dawson,* Emma Stewart,† and Andrew Orawiec*
*Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
†Department of Tourism, Sport & Society, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand
There is limited data on marine tourism traffic (cruise ships and pleasure craft) and on-shore locations visited by cruise ships in the Canadian Arctic. Marine tourism vessels represent 11.8% of all vessel voyages transiting within the Canadian Arctic, which is significant as these vessels “go off the beaten path” seeking out natural and cultural experiences. Given the vast landscape of the Canadian Arctic, as well as the fact that not all on-shore sites require a permit to visit, there is uncertainty as to where marine tourism vessels are disembarking passengers onto land. This research utilizes databases with information on marine tourism voyages (i.e., ship traffic) from 1990 to 2019 and shore locations from 2008 to 2019 to better understand the current scale and scope of the sector. Data on marine tourism voyages were acquired from the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Archive and shore location information were compiled from planned publicly available cruise ship itineraries. The results show that marine tourism vessels and related shore activities have been steadily increasing over time, while also illustrating and highlighting the infancy of the Canadian Arctic marine tourism industry as a total of 150 unique on-shore locations have been advertised to tourists from 2008 to 2019 with a minimum of 44 different on-shore locations advertised each season. This article advances and improves our understanding of the marine tourism industry and is vital for the management and planning of a sustainable tourism industry that ensures both respect of the northern ecosystems and environment and the rights and traditions of Indigenous northerners.
Key words: Canadian Arctic; Inuit Nunangat; Marine tourism; Sustainable tourism; Cruise ships
I Can’t Get No Satisfaction: Or Can I? Satisfying Australian Whale-Watching Tourists – 153
School of Business, Faculty of Business Economics & Law, University of Queensland, St Lucia Queensland, Australia
Satisfying tourists while also adhering to environmental regulations represents a continuous challenge for whale watching operators. Satisfaction is often conceptualized differently by academics and practitioners, and both the level of operator whale-watching experience and government regulations at destinations can vary. This research seeks to identify how satisfaction significantly influences tourists’ sociodemographics, repurchase intentions, and positive word-of-mouth (WOM) communication intentions at two Australian whale-watching destinations that differ in their level of expertise in offering whale-watching experiences. Multiple regression determined that most tourists were very satisfied with their whale-watching experience and exhibited high repurchase and positive WOM communication intentions. At both destinations, individual satisfaction items predicted the most variance in repurchase intentions and positive WOM communication intentions, suggesting a holistic approach to satisfaction is not warranted when evaluating a whale-watching experience. Chi-square tests, t tests, and analysis of variance determined that tourists at each destination varied significantly in their age, education, and origin. To provide a satisfying tourist experience and facilitate environment protection, these personnel must continue to offer high-quality services that guarantee whale sightings within a designated time period while also adhering to environmental regulations.
Key words: Australia; Repurchase intentions; Satisfaction; Whale watching; Word-of-mouth (WOM) communication
Economic Value and Public Perceptions of Whale Shark Tourism in Nosy Be, Madagascar – 167
Jackie A. Ziegler,*1 Stella Diamant,†‡1 Simon J. Pierce,†‡ Rhett Bennett,§ and Jeremy J. Kiszka†¶
*Marine Protected Areas Research Group, Department of Geography, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
†Madagascar Whale Shark Project, Nosy Be, Madagascar
‡Marine Megafauna Foundation, CA, USA
§Wildlife Conservation Society, Western Indian Ocean Shark and Ray Conservation Program, NY, USA
¶Department of Biological Sciences, Institute of Environment, Florida International University, FL, USA
Nosy Be in northwestern Madagascar is home to a globally important whale shark (Rhincodon typus) aggregation and a growing whale shark tourism industry. However, whale sharks are not protected in Malagasy waters and are threatened by fisheries bycatch, collisions with vessels, and disturbance from tourism. We used tourist questionnaires (n = 488) to assess the economic value of, and tourist perceptions of, whale shark tourism in Nosy Be from September to December 2019. We also surveyed whale shark tour operators (n = 12) in December 2018 to understand their perceptions of tourism management needs in the region. Results suggest the Nosy Be whale shark tourism industry was worth US$1.5 million for the 3-month 2019 whale shark season. “Dedicated” whale shark divers (i.e., those who came specifically to Nosy Be to swim with whale sharks) spent 55% more money overall and six times the amount individually compared to “casual” whale shark divers. Both tourists and operators supported the protection of whale sharks, with the majority (88.9%) of tourists agreeing that they would choose a tourism destination at which whale sharks are protected. However, tour operators did note significant management issues (e.g., overcrowding, lack of regulations/training), recommending the need to better regulate whale shark tourism and interactions. This study emphasizes the economic rationale for protecting whale sharks in Madagascar to safeguard the emerging marine tourism industry and ensure it is being sustainably managed.
Key words: Marine wildlife tourism; Endangered species; Tourism management; Marine conservation; Economic valuation
Coastal Tourism in Saudi Arabia: An Exploratory Study of Half Moon Beach – 183
Farwa Alkhalaf* and Mark B. Orams†
*School of Hospitality and Tourism, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
†School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Half Moon Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Saudi Arabia and is located on the Persian Gulf. Empirical data regarding Saudi marine and coastal recreation and tourism is very limited. This study used a self-reply questionnaire to investigate beach visitors’ (n = 280) characteristics, motivations, and activities. Results revealed that visitors were predominantly Saudis (95%) from the Eastern Province who visited Half Moon Beach for the purpose of enjoying the beauty of nature, the sea and sand, and to relax. Visitors (39%) were mostly satisfied with the overall experience but many (23%) expressed negative comments about their beach visits. They were dissatisfied with the low level of cleanliness of the beach and facilities, a lack of services and facilities, and the limited number of sea and beach-related activities. Visitors mostly (79%) supported more development of more activities at the beach. Furthermore, visitors (47%) suggested that activities should carefully target families and children and provide options that engage the whole family. Many visitors (37%) suggested that females are an important segment and should be targeted with activities that respect their cultural and religious practices and give them more chances to enjoy the beach visits.
Key words: Beach; Saudi Arabia; Sea; Persian Gulf; Satisfaction; Islam; Family
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