The Real Implications and Effects of Covid19 in the Tourism Industry: what is the future of tourism in a world without tourists?

Authors

  • Subhash Kizhakanveatil Bhaskaran Pillai Department of Commerce, Goa University (India)
  • Sharad Kumar Kulshreshtha Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, North-Eastern Hill University, (A Central University) Shillong-Meghalaya (India)
  • Maximiliano E. Korstanje Department of Economics, University of Palermo, Argentina. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5149-1669

Abstract

Although scholars have been particularly fascinated by the effects of covid19, no less true seems to be that we know little about its evolution and practical effects in the tourism industry. What is more important, the real implications of the pandemic in the global economy, as well as tourism, are uncertain (Romagosa, 2020; Korstanje 2020). In the mid of this mayhem, some voices have alerted on the opportunities of COVID19 to re-found the epistemological borders of tourism research (Wen et al 2020; Rogerson & Baum, 2020) while others called their attention to the problems of an ecological crisis precipitated by the capitalist system (Gossling, Scott & Hall, 2020; Prayag, 2020; Higgins-Desbiolles, 2020). The economic-based theory, which over years monopolized knowledge production and distribution in the academic tribes, failed not only to give a precise definition of tourism but to consolidate the discipline as a serious option. Based on the needs of protecting businesses or the organic image of the destination, this theory emphasized the figure the tourist as the only source of valid information. Still further, the economic-based paradigm has invariably led the discipline towards an unparalleled crisis, as some scholars adhere (Tribe, Dann & Jamal, 2015; Tribe 1997; 2010). As Adrian Franklin (2007) puts it, “tourist-centricity” exhibits a restrictive viewpoint of tourism which is limited to a managerial perspective based on the tourist as the only agent of the system. As a result of this, other actors and voices are pushed away to peripheral places. To some extent, COVID19, so far, shows the impossibility to make applied research in a world without tourists. Having said this, the present issue explores not only the limitation of the current tourism theory –and research- but also the opportunities and challenges posed on the industry in the years to come.

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Author Biographies

Subhash Kizhakanveatil Bhaskaran Pillai, Department of Commerce, Goa University (India)

Ph.D in Commerce (University of Calicut) and Postdoctoral studies in the area of Venture Capital Financing. Professor at the Department of Commerce, Goa University. Research interests include applied statistics in venture capital financing, entrepreneurship development, as well as tourism and hospitality studies. Presently working on ‘Multi-stakeholder evaluation of National AYUSH Mission’. [ subhash@unigoa.ac.in ].

Sharad Kumar Kulshreshtha, Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, North-Eastern Hill University, (A Central University) Shillong-Meghalaya (India)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Tourism Management, Master of Tourism Administration (M.T.A.), Bachelor in Tourism (b. 1978). Assistant Professor at the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, North-Eastern Hill University, (A Central University) Shillong-Meghalaya (India). He has more than 15 years of teaching and research experience. He has acclaimed publications research papers in various books, journals of national and international andediting Book on "Incredible Tourism of India: Potentials, Policies, and Practices" by COPAL Publishing Group, INDIA (In Process). Adress: North-Eastern Hill University Shillong Meghalaya INDIA. Department of Tourism & Hotel Management. [ sharad_mta@yahoo.com ]

Maximiliano E. Korstanje , Department of Economics, University of Palermo, Argentina.

Ph D. in Sociology, University of Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Leading global cultural theorist specializing in terrorism, mobilities and tourism. Senior Researcher at the Department of Economics, University of Palermo, Argentina. Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Safety and Security in Tourism and Hospitality. In 2015 he was Visiting Professor at the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS) at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom; TIDES at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain in 2017, and the University of La Habana, Cuba in 2018. In 2016, he was included as Scientific Editor for Studies and Perspective in Tourism (CIET) and as an Honorary Member of the Scientific Council of Research and Investigation hosted by UDET (University of Tourist Specialities, Quito Ecuador). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5149-1669 . [ mkorst@palermo.edu ]

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Published

2021-01-31

How to Cite

Pillai, S. K. B., Kulshreshtha, S. K., & Korstanje , M. E. . (2021). The Real Implications and Effects of Covid19 in the Tourism Industry: what is the future of tourism in a world without tourists?. Anais Brasileiros De Estudos Turísticos - ABET, 11. Retrieved from https://periodicos.ufjf.br/index.php/abet/article/view/33298