Adaptability and resilience to COVID-19: 8 cases of rural tourism in indigenous communities in central Mexico.

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Abstract

The rural space has undergone important processes of social adaptability since the incorporation of tourist activities as a complement to the economic income of rural families, associated with the “New Rurality” concept. In the case of rural tourism in central Mexico, the incipient development of a complementary activity can be observed, whose positive impact on the communities was just beginning to gain strength in the face of a highly urbanized society, which demands the multiple benefits of rural spaces. However, the outbreak of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, led to the abrupt closure of non-essential activities and the loss of jobs and additional income generated by tourism. Faced with this disruptive scenario, multiple social actors, who had turned towards the logic of multifunctionality of the rural space, have been forced to deploy various adaptive strategies to adjust to the "new normal", the aim of this manuscript is the analysis of these adaptation processes. It is concluded that the complex and heterogeneous nature of rural societies is an important reservoir of survival strategies that will become increasingly important in the face of an uncertain future, associated with the eminent crisis of the Anthropocene.

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Author Biographies

Irais González Domínguez, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico

PhD in Tourism /Alicante University (2021). Master in Rural Agroindustry, Territorial Development and Agrifood Tourism / ICAR-UAEMéx (2016). Degree in Tourism / UAEMéx (1998). Full-time Professor at the Faculty of Tourism and Gastronomy of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. Rural tourism consultant certified in the provision of consulting services of the National Tourism Certification System, Advisor to the business incubator of the UAEM,  Lines of research: Sociocultural processes around rural tourism and ethnotourism. ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8518-0060 [Igonzalezdo@uaemex.mx]

Humberto Thomé-Ortiz, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico

PhD in Agricultural Sciences UACH (2012); Master of Science in Rural Development COLPOS (2008); Degree in Social Communication UAM-X (2004). Full-time Professor at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. Founder of the Mexican Association of Rural Tourism. Research lines: Rural Tourism, Agrifood Tourism and Sustainable Development. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6714-3490 [ humbertothome@hotmail.com ] (corresponding author).

Luis Felipe García Rodea, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

PhD Student of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources / ICAR-UAEMéx (2022). Master in Rural Agroindustry, Territorial Development and Agrifood Tourism / ICAR-UAEMéx (2019). Degree in Tourism / UAEMéx (2013). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8820-7716 [ f.grodea@gmail.com ]

Published

2022-06-15

How to Cite

González Domínguez, I., Humberto Thomé-Ortiz, & García Rodea, L. F. (2022). Adaptability and resilience to COVID-19: 8 cases of rural tourism in indigenous communities in central Mexico. Anais Brasileiros De Estudos Turísticos, 12(1), 1–15. Retrieved from https://periodicos.ufjf.br/index.php/abet/article/view/33706