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31 July 2021
COVID-19 and Tourism
COVID-19, the disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has had a greater impact on tourism and travel behaviour than any disease outbreak in living memory. Outside the public health sphere tourism has become one of the main public faces of COVID-19 in the international media. The nature of the tourism system means that tourism has both contributed to the spread of the disease and experienced the repercussions of the disease along all parts of the tourism value and supply chains. The disease’s global reach and the application of classic disease controls in the form of quarantine, reduced mobility and isolation have had a dramatic effect on international and domestic tourism alike along with a range of sector specific impacts, including transport, travel and booking agencies, hospitality, restaurants, conventions and events, and attractions.
In order to chart and contribute to a better understanding of the effects of COVID-19 on tourism and the sector’s response at various scales, Current Issues in Tourism is calling for empirically-based papers that focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on markets, destinations, organisations and businesses, consumers, destination communities, transit zones and tourism transport. Such communications are especially suited to CIT’s research letters and research notes, but we also welcome more substantial contributions, particularly ones that seek to chart changes over time as a result of COVID-19, or those that seek to contribute to broader understandings of resilience, crisis, and disaster in a theoretical context. While all COVID-19 papers will be peer reviewed we will look to publish such works as rapidly as possible so as to assist in the dissemination of relevant research.
We are therefore seeking research letters, research notes and articles that examine the impacts of COVID-19 on tourism in terms of
• consumer behaviour
• business behaviour and response strategies
• destination management and marketing response strategies
• change, development and learning in tourism governance and policy
• individual, organisation and destination resilience
• economic and financial assistance strategies to assist the tourism industry
• the influence of previous disasters in influencing actions undertaken with respect to COVID-19
• economic, social and environmental implications of COVID-19 for tourism
• COVID-19 and tourism’s contribution to the SDGs
• tourism employment and human resources
• destination and business attractiveness
• development of “alternative tourisms” in response to COVID-19
• political dimensions of COVID19 and tourism and the use of quarantines and sanctions on mobility
• research practices, methods and ethics
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Empirically-based communications on COVID-19 and tourism are suited to research letters and research notes so as to provide for the rapid dissemination of research. More theoretically informed articles that chart the impacts of COVID-19 on tourism over time, as well as the contribution of travel to the spread of the coronavirus and the policy measures put in place to restrict infection and spread are also welcome. All COVID-19 papers will be peer reviewed. Depending on the length of the pandemic's impact it is expected that specially identified COVID-19 related papers will be accepted at least until mid-2021.
Please indicate that you paper is for the ‘Covid 19 and Tourism’ special issue in the ‘Special Issue’ free text box.
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