Call for papers for: International Hospitality Review



Guest Editors:

Faizan Ali, Ph.D., University of South Florida, USA

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Trishna G. Mistry, Ph.D., University of South Florida, USA

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Seden Dogan, Ph.D., Ondokuz Mayis University, Turkey

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When the calendars showed December 31st in 2019, and the world was welcoming the new year, the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in China was informed about a pneumonia outbreak from an unknown cause. Just one month later, on January 30th in 2020, the outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Finally, on February 11th in 2020, WHO announced a name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19 (WHO, 2020). Since then, scientists, public health decision-makers, medical journalists, technology, and social media platforms and civil society have been working together to share reliable information, reduce misinformation and rumors about COVID-19 which is called as a pandemic all over the world. A pandemic is the global outbreak of a disease. Pandemics are generally classified as epidemics first, which is the rapid spread of a disease across a region or regions. COVID-19 began as an epidemic in China (Hickok, 2020). On March 11th in 2020, WHO declared that they no longer use a formal classification to designate when an epidemic becomes a pandemic. As of April 10th, more than 1.5 million confirmed cases and approximately a hundred thousand deaths were reported around the world. 210 countries or territories are impacted (Ducharme, 2020; PhocusWire, 2020; UNWTO, 2020).

The hospitality and tourism industry is one of the most affected industries, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has revised its 2020 forecast for international arrivals. UNWTO estimates that in 2020 global international tourist arrivals could decline between 20-30%, down from an estimated growth of 3% to 4% forecast in early January 2020. This could translate into a loss of US$ 30 to 50 billion in spending by international visitors (international tourism receipts). A decline of 31% for the entire year is expected. This includes a 75% drop in revenue over the next two months and continued losses over the rest of the year, reaching $355 billion. (UNWTO, 2020). Comparing the 2019 data to current figures, hotel occupancy is down as much as 96% in Italy, 68% in China, 67% in the United Kingdom, 59% in the United States, and 48% in Singapore (WTTC, 2020). The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates $252 billion loss of passenger revenues (19%) worldwide in 2020, and only 30 out of 300 airlines have enough liquidity to survive for more than three months and most airlines have only two months of liquidity (IATA, 2020). World Economic Forum (2020) states that airlines and cruise ships were currently being more impacted than hotels.

Unfortunately, we don’t know when we will see the light at the end of the tunnel. What we know is that millions of jobs are at risk, and millions of employees are facing a substantial economic breakdown. To be specific, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates a global loss of 75 million jobs and $2.1 trillion in revenue. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the most heavily impact, with up to 49 million jobs at risk throughout the region (WTTC, 2020). Once the outbreak is over, it could take up to 10 months for the industry to recover. As the hospitality and tourism industry is a significant job creator for especially women and the youth, coordinated and strong recovery plans need to be generated.

This special issue aims to investigate the short-term and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the hospitality and tourism industry from different perspectives. We invite researchers and scholars to work on different ideas to engage actively with this situation. We are interested in receiving both empirical and theoretical research papers that focus on the positive/negative impact of COVID-19 on:

  • resilience building
  • stakeholder wellbeing (economic, social, physical, psychological, etc.)
  • hospitality education and pedagogy
  • tourism-related media
  • risk communication
  • the economic recovery of the hospitality and tourism industry
  • technology and innovation
  • employment and human resources management
  • customer relationship management
  • international and domestic destination marketing
  • tourist behavior and decision making
  • meetings, conventions, and events
  • sustainable tourism

The special issue will comprise of an editorial, followed by up to 10-12 articles. Published articles will go on Early Cite, where it will be available worldwide.


Abstract Requirements

  • Key abstract requirements include:
    • Authors must supply a structured abstract in their submission (maximum 300 words, including keywords), set out under 4-7 sub-headings:
    • Purpose (mandatory)
    • Design/methodology/approach (mandatory)
    • Findings (mandatory)
    • Research limitations/implications (if applicable)
    • Practical implications (if applicable)
    • Social implications (if applicable)
    • Originality/value (mandatory)
  • Abstracts should be provided in Microsoft Word (12, Times New Roman, single-spaced)
  • Please comply with author guidelines provided at https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/services/publishing/ihr/authors.htm
  • Abstracts should be emailed to [email protected] with “Abstract – Special issue in International Hospitality Review” in the subject line.


Special Issue Timeline

April 15, 2020 - Special Issue proposal submitted to International Hospitality Review

April 25, 2020 - CFP released

May 30, 2020  - 300 word abstract due

June 5, 2020 - Review of abstracts completed / Authors contacted

August 26, 2020 - Full papers due



Ducharme, J. (2020). World Health Organization Declares COVID-19 a 'Pandemic', https://time.com/5791661/who-coronavirus-pandemic-declaration/

Hickok, K. (2020). What is a pandemic?, https://www.livescience.com/pandemic.html

IATA. (2020). IATA Updates COVID-19 Financial Impacts -Relief Measures Needed, https://www.iata.org/en/pressroom/pr/2020-03-05-01/

PhocusWire. (2020). Impact of coronavirus on the travel industry, https://www.phocuswire.com/Coronavirus-impact-travel-industry

UNWTO. (2020). Tourism and COVID-2019, https://www.unwto.org/tourism-covid-19

World Economic Forum. (2020). This is how coronavirus could affect the travel and tourism industry, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/world-travel-coronavirus-covid19-jobs-pandemic-tourism-aviation/

WHO. (2020). Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-2019), https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

WTTC. (2020). Coronavirus Brief, https://www.wttc.org/-/media/files/wttc-coronavirus-brief-external-0804.pdf?la=en