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Abstract deadline
30 April 2021

Manuscript deadline
15 August 2021

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Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism

Special Issue Editor(s)

Hiran Roy, PhD., International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Anisur R. Faroque, PhD., School of Business and Management. LUT University, Lappeenranta, Finland.
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Vikas Gupta, PhD., School of Hospitality, Amity University, Noida, U.P., India.
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The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Hospitality & Tourism industry: Mental health and Well-being Perspectives


The emergence of new infectious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), commonly known as COVID-19 poses a great danger to human life. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Since then, this pandemic has considerably impacted many people’s lives across the globe. As a result, many countries around the world went into lockdown, adopted social distancing, closure of academic institutions, non-essential businesses, and workplaces to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (e.g., Daly et al., 2020; Gössling, Scott, & Hall, 2020; Roy et al., 2020). Although lockdown reduces the spread of COVID-19, in most countries (e.g., United States, Canada, and Australia) there are concerns about the COVID-19 effects upon mental health causing extreme stress (Charityvillage, 2021; SmartCompany, 2020), which is widespread, and uncontrollable compared to stress experienced in everyday life (Main et al., 2011). In addition to immediate effects on the economy and labor markets (Anger et al., 2020; Möhring et al., 2020; Naumann et al., 2020), COVID-19 pandemic has a psychological dimension, as it can be associated with declines in key facets of people’s subjective well-being (Zacher & Rudolph, 2020). Therefore, this new epidemic can cause enormous damage to countries, businesses, and individuals on different levels.

The impact of the pandemic on business organizations is unprecedented. Business organizations in all sectors (including hospitality and tourism businesses) are increasingly worried about the mental health and well-being issues of their employees presented by escalating COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health and wellbeing are a huge concern especially for the employees in the hospitality and tourism industry. Employees in this industry experience psychological burdens and extreme stress due to the nature of the contact that occurs in the process of serving customers in new epidemics such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 (Yu et al., 2021). Many previous empirical researches have suggested various causes of stress perceived by hospitality and tourism industry employees (Hon et al., 2013; Karatepe et al., 2018; Kim et al., 2015); however, mental health and subjective well-being impacted by COVID-19 pandemic in the hospitality and tourism industry is yet to be examined.  Thus, the purpose of this special issue is to examine the impact of COVID-19 global pandemic on various stakeholders (e.g., employees and employers) in the hospitality and tourism industry and their mental health and well-being and draw the attention to the socio- psychological, physical, and technological changes that are currently reshaping the hospitality and tourism sector.

Submissions related to the following topics are particularly welcome. Submission should be original works. Both empirical and conceptual papers are welcome, and any methodology can be considered as long as the research is rigorous. Topics/themes of interest of the special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Subjective well-being and mental health during lockdown.
  • Subjective well-being during the early stages of the COVID -19 pandemic.
  • Emotional well-being responses to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Altered working conditions (e.g., isolation, new work environment, work from home, and work load) and its effects on well-being.
  • Work-family conflict and well-being.
  • Work-life conflict of childless and single employee’s mental health and well-being during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Human Resource Management practices and employee well-being during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Entrepreneurs’ well-being and COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Job insecurity and well-being during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Financial insecurity and well-being during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Work stress and mental health issues during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COVID-19 impacts on mental health now and in the future.
  • Sudden increase of remote work and its effects on work satisfaction and family well-being.
  • Impact of different social distancing practices on employee’s well-being during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Social interactions and emotional well-being at a time restriction during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Furloughed employees and well-being due to the COVID-9 pandemic.
  • Engagement of health education and health promotion activities and employee well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The management of health and safety at work and well-being due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Employers’ preparedness for emotional and social reintegration in the age of COVID-19.
  • Changes of technology during COVID-19 and well-being.
  • Leadership (e.g., ethical leadership, inclusive leadership, transformational leadership, transactional leadership, empowerment leadership, task-oriented leadership, change-oriented leadership, and passive leadership) and employee well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and employee well-being during COVID-19 pandemic.

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Submission Instructions

Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to contact the special issue guest editors regarding potential topics of interest or any questions/suggestions regarding the special issue. Abstracts with references (up to 550 words including keywords as MS word attachment file) can be submitted directly to the guest editors via email by April 30, 2021 at [email protected] (Hiran Roy),  [email protected] (Anisur Faroque), and [email protected] (Vikas Gupta). Abstracts should include the title, authorship, author affiliation(s) and contact information (including the email addresses of all authors) and keywords (maximum five). The abstracts will be reviewed by all guest editors, and those that make significant contributions and fit with the theme of the special issue will be invited by May 15, 2021 for full paper submission. Based on reviewers’ recommendations, the Editor-in-chief along with the guest editors will make the decision for acceptance, revision or rejection. Full papers must be submitted online by August 15, 2021. Instructions for authors of the Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism can be found below.


Abstracts submissions: April 30, 2021

Abstract decisions: May 15, 2021

Full paper submissions: August 15, 2021

Initial Review Report: October 31, 2021

Revisions: December 15, 2021

Final decision by Special Issue Editors: January 15, 2022

Publication: Spring-Summer 2022

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