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30 October 2020
Tourism Recreation Research
Special Issue Editor(s)
Professor of Tourism, College of Communication and Media Sciences, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Arch G. Woodside,
JGSMS Editor in Chief, Honorary Professor of Marketing, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Giacomo Del Chiappa,
Associate Professor of Marketing at the Department of Economics and Business, University of Sassari, Italy
Senior Lecturer Department of Marketing, Event Management and Project Management, University of Winchester, United Kingdom
Henning Otte Hansen,
Senior Advisor, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Novel Coronavirus and tourism: coping, recovery, and regeneration issues
Concerns over health and personal safety are among other factors that tourists often take into consideration when they are choosing their destination. As disasters can affect seriously their wellbeing and cost lives, these eventually affect tourist travel decision choices (Fotiadis & Huan, 2014). Tourism often faces human-made and natural disasters that devastate the entire industry in a specific area (Huan, Beaman, & Shelby, 2004) but overall aftermath can cripple the viability and commercialization of tourist regions and take many years to recover. Instances of high crime rate, terrorist incidents, arm conflicts, economic and financial crises often affect people's propensity to travel and the choice of their destination (Cohen, 2012; Hall, Prayag, & Amore, 2017; Ritchie, 2009; Ying, Wang, Liu, Wen, & Goh, 2020). There is a critical link between crises and the immediate impact on the tourism sector at different geographic scales, depending on the intensity and importance of individual crises (Page, Yeoman, Munro, Connell, & Walker, 2006). When a destination is affected by a natural disaster, pandemic, man-made attack such as terrorists, or any other unfortunate events, marketing strategies should be plan and implemented to recover destination image, attractiveness and competitiveness (Séraphin, Zaman, & Fotiadis, 2019).
The recent coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) has triggered a worldwide concern after its severity was officially acknowledged in early January 2020. By the end of March 2020, this epidemic has infected a great amount of people. Some of the world’s most important inbound and outbound market sources (e.g., China, USA, Italy, Spain, and France) are dramatically affected by the COVID-19 outbreak without knowing what their future holds. One can assess the impact of the COVID-19 based figures of the SARS 2003 outbreak. The SARS outbreak in 2003 has resulted in global health crises, travel warnings for certain geographic regions by world health organizations, and widespread media coverage. The aftermath of the SARS outbreak has cut 3 million jobs within the tourism industry, a decline in the gross domestic product (GDP) of China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore with a total estimate of $ 20 billion and decrease of 70% in tourism flows across Asia (Lee, Song, Bendle, Kim, & Han, 2012).
In the current crisis, several airlines are no longer operating, or their scheduled air operations are temporarily interrupted. The hotels are in a dire situation as most of the summer bookings are canceled, as most countries have strict restrictions which do not allow citizens to leave their houses. Several mega-events (e.g., Tokyo Olympics or Expo 2020) are already considering cancellation or postponing their schedule. Construction of facilities to host the FIFA World Cup is interrupted given current circumstance that advocates social distancing as the most reliable option to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The global epidemic health crisis generated by COVID-19 is affecting any economic sector, with expert analysts concurring that the predicted impact of the epidemic crisis will be costlier for tourism and the hotel industry. Several indicators reveal that a global economic crisis will follow the health crisis, creating a significant recession in tourism, leisure, and hospitality.
All that said, and without limiting the scope of the papers to be submitted, this special issue welcomes original conceptual and empirical papers related to the following topics:
- Forecasting Covid-19 impacts over tourism, hospitality and recreation sectors
- Health Crisis and Tourism
- Tourists behavior and Covid-19
- Covid-19 and Destination Management
- Covid-19 and Destination Marketing
- The impact of the Covid-19 on tourist psychology, tourism education, and tourism development
- The role of technologies 4.0 (AI, Robotics, etc.) to cope with COVID-19
- Social Media and Covid-19
- Positive impacts of Covid-19
- Marketing Strategies and Destination Image against Covid-19
- COVID-19 pandemic and transformative tourism
The special issue welcomes studies that use a range of methodologies including qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods and multiple-methods. Furthermore, the TRR guest editors also encourages the submission of studies adopting interdisciplinary approaches.
For questions regarding appropriate content concerns and proposed topics, please contact the special issue guest editors.
Submission Deadline: October 30, 2020
Revision and decision: 30 November, 2020
Re-submission and Decision: 31 December, 2020
Final Revision and Decision: 31 January, 2020
Submissions should be accompanied by an assurance of originality and exclusivity and should adhere to the ‘Style and Format’ author guidelines that can be found on the journal’s website below.
All submissions are through the online submission system Editorial Manager. Full submission details are in the author guidelines. Please ensure you submit to this special section using the drop-down menu on Editorial Manager. All submissions will be subject to a rigorous double-blind peer review process, with one or more of the guest editors acting as action editor. As a TRR publishing rule, every paper submitted to the Special Section is firstly screened and validated by the Editor-in-Chief or by the Consulting Editor for compliance with the Special Section topics and with the general aims and scope of TRR . Unsuitable submitted papers will be rejected prior to be assigned to the Guest Editors. Every paper accepted by the Guest Editor should anyway be finally approved for publication by the Editor-in-Chief.
For more information, visit the journal's Instructions for authors
For further information, please contact any of the guest editors for this special issue:
Anestis K. Fotiadis: [email protected]
Arch G. Woodside: [email protected]
Giacomo Del Chiappa: [email protected]
Hugues Séraphin: [email protected]
Henning Otte Hansen: [email protected]
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Submissions should be accompanied by an assurance of originality and exclusivity and should adhere to the ‘Style and Format’ author guidelines that can be found on the journal’s website. All submissions are through the online submission system Editorial Manager. Please ensure you submit to this special section using the drop-down menu on Editorial Manager. All submissions will be subject to a rigorous double-blind peer review process, with one or more of the guest editors acting as action editor. Unsuitable submitted papers will be rejected prior to be assigned to the Guest Editors. Every paper accepted by the Guest Editor should be finally approved for publication by the Editor-in-Chief.
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