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Meet our Authors: Maria Vodenska - May 2019

Prof. Maria Vodenska received her Master’s degree in Geography of Tourism from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Geology and Geography, in 1974, and her PhD from Moscow Academy of Sciences in 1978. She has worked at the “Geography of Tourism Department” of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” from 1979-2017 and was heading the department in the period 1994-1999. In 1994-2003 she was consecutively Deputy Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Geology and Geography. From 2011 to 2015 Prof. Vodenska was the Deputy Chairperson of the Sofia University’s General Assembly. Now she is a Professor at the International Business School-Botevgrad in Bulgaria. She has over 100 research papers and books, mainly in Bulgarian and English.

In 2018 she was a part of the Editorial team and also a contributor to a book published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing under the title Traditions and Innovations in Contemporary Tourism. This book presents significant theoretical and empirical approaches towards various hospitality and tourism aspects concerning both traditions and innovations in tourism development.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Maria has most recently edited Hospitality and Tourism in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Analysis.


Maria explains her reasons for choosing to publish with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, emphasising the efficient nature of our work, and the special attention given to her as an author and editor:

Cambridge Scholars contacted our Tourism Department at Sofia University in 2017 and offered to publish selected papers of our international 50 anniversary conference. The reason we decided to accept the offer was that it promoted itself as an ‘upmarket’ niche publisher and that was what we were looking for for our contributors. The process of handling the legal side (contracts, agreements, etc.) was extremely quick and efficient and the production process was conducted in an efficient and pleasantly friendly manner. The editorial guidance given to us has always combined with support and encouragement. In the earliest stages the editorial team put me on the right track, and provided assistance that was valuable. I especially appreciated the prompt replies whenever we had any queries concerning the manuscript, e.g. its layout, scope, or any other particular section like the cover design.

As a result of our joint and good productive work I was invited by CSP to become a member of the Advisory Board of Travel and Tourism Management and the Advisory Board of Sociology of Leisure and Tourism and Travel books.

Later in 2018 I offered another international book for publication by CSP. The proposal was gladly accepted and we enjoyed the same satisfactory process of going through all publication stages. Texts were checked very thoroughly, and often sent back to authors with explicit comments to make sure they meet the highest standards of publication. Questions were answered promptly and special concerns of mine were adequately handled.

I am really glad I chose to publish with Cambridge Scholars and I plan to continue this fruitful collaboration. I am pleased and would recommend them to other scholars without hesitation!


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Hospitality and Tourism in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Analysis. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAY19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th June 2019.


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