Call for Chapters: Understanding the Dark Tourist Experience and Dark Tourism Business Models


Maria Rodrigues, Business School of Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal
Maria Amélia Machado Carvalho, Business School of Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: August 10, 2022
Full Chapters Due: December 8, 2022
Submission Date: December 8, 2022


From an early age, there has been a fascination with places associated with death, disaster, macabre, atrocity, tragedy, or crime (Light, 2017). As such dark tourism encompasses a wide range of sites and all sorts of experiences for tourists. Many authors have recognized a continuum of dark touristic experiences ranging from darker to lightest darker. Stone’s categorization classifies dark places into seven types: Dark Camps of Genocide, Dark Conflict Sites, Dark Shrines, Dark Resting Places, Dark Dungeons, Dark Exhibitions, and Dark Fun Factories (Stone, 2006). At the darkest end of this continuum, dark sites often satisfied tourists’ desire to learn and understand past events (Isaac & Çakmak, 2014; Kang et al. 2012; Sharpley, 2012; Yan et al., 2016) or pay tribute to the dead (Biran et al., 2011; Zhang et al., 2016). While on the lighter end, dark sites are mainly focused on entertainment and present low levels of authenticity (Ivanova & Light, 2018). Other reasons to visit dark places include curiosity, national identity, social reason, and emotional attachment (Brida et al., 2016; Hyde & Harman, 2011). The dark tourists who “travel to a location wholly, or partially, motivated by the desire for actual or symbolic encounters with death, particularly, but not exclusively, violent death” (Seaton, 1996, p. 240) are relatively rarer (Light, 2017). In recent years, new ways of commercializing and engaging visitors in dark places have emerged and with them, new problems have arisen concerning the business models and the management of the tourist experience. Despite the abundance of dark sites, their conceptualization as dark products is rare and sometimes confusing, consequently many sites neglected the opportunity to capitalize on and exploit their tourism resources (Powell et al., 2018). More studies are also required to verify the role of authenticity in emotional tourist engagement (Sigala & Steriopoulos, 2021; Rajasekaram et al., 2022) and the interference of cognitive aspects in the tourist experience (Iliev, 2020). Furthermore, research on dark tourism has predominantly focused on the darker end of Stone’s spectrum, thus at the ‘lighter end’ there are still gaps in the literature regarding tourists’ motivations (Ivanova & Light, 2018). Likewise, it is necessary to understand how children’s experiences in these types of places can be created and managed (Kerr et al., 2021). As a business model, the challenge is to understand how tourism companies adopt business models based on sustainable paradigms and the transition to sustainable business models as a way to create value (Rosato et al., 2021). Improving business models and customer experience through innovative technologies (such as augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence, among others) are another challenge for organizations (Leone, et al., 2021). In the dark tourism context, studies in these fields are scarce and required. In summary, the complex nature of dark tourism presents several challenges for academics and managers. Despite the research conducted on the topic, research gaps still exist. There is a need to develop new theories regarding the dark tourism experience, particularly on the lightest darker side of the continuum. In addition to understanding the antecedents and outcomes of the dark tourism experience, it is also important to understand the role of influencers (locals, personalities, or other visitors) concerning the experience and intention to visit dark sites. Quantitative and mixed methods are appropriate methods to provide a better understanding of research problems regarding the dark tourism experience. Lastly, it is relevant to understand how sustainability and technology-driven business models can underpin the development of dark tourism.


In the context of dark tourism, this book aims to provide relevant theoretical and empirical research findings, an innovative and multifaceted perspective of the dark tourist experience, and the dark tourism business model. Specifically, it provides an understanding of antecedents, outcomes, and influencing effects of tourist dark experiences and an understanding of how companies can adapt their business models to sustainable paradigms and innovative technologies as a way to create value. It will be written for researchers or professionals who wish to improve their understanding of this area.

Target Audience

The content of this book is intended for professionals, students, and researchers in the field of dark tourism, specifically dark tourist experience, antecedents, outcomes, and influencers of the dark experience, and the development of dark tourism business models oriented towards sustainability and technologies. For example, dark tourism marketing managers, product developers, dark tourism executives, marketing and tourism students, business professionals, dark tourism salespeople, and marketing and tourism researchers.

Recommended Topics

• Darker tourism • Lightest darker tourism • Disaster tourism • Paranormal tourism • War tourism • Thana tourism • Grave tourism • Prison and persecution site tourism • Business models in dark tourism • Dark tourist experience • Virtual reliability • Augmented reality • Artificial intelligence • Sustainability

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 10, 2022, 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 August 24, 2022 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by December 8, 2022, 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, Understanding the Dark Tourist Experience and Dark Tourism Business Models. 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 2023.

Important Dates

August 10, 2022: Proposal Submission Deadline
August 24, 2022: Notification of Acceptance
December 8, 2022: Full Chapter Submission
February 5, 2023: Review Results Returned
March 19, 2023: Final Acceptance Notification
April 2, 2023: Final Chapter Submission


Maria Rodrigues Business School of Polytechnic Institute of Porto Maria Amélia Machado Carvalho Business School of Polytechnic Institute of Porto


Business and Management; Computer Science and Information Technology; Education; Media and Communications; Social Sciences and Humanities
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