COVID-19 and Tourism

Tourism industry is facing an unprecedented challenge from Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The global pandemic has grounded airplanes, shut down hotels, and affected the tourism industry in many ways. However, travel and tourism have also enabled the virus to become a global issue, and reflection on the role of tourism in modern societies is needed.

This web page is dedicated to information about the impacts of the pandemic on tourism. We collect articles from academics looking into COVID-19 and tourism to provide information for the tourism field. IFITT wants to provide the tourism community reliable and innovative information from various sources, and especially from the scientific community. It is the responsibility of everyone who can to help those who are now taking the majority of the impact, and hopefully this resource provides those in the tourism field much needed knowledge and ideas on the impacts of the virus as well as the future of tourism.

If you are researching COVID-19 and tourism and want your articles to be visible here, please e-mail the editors of this web page or post a comment.

Dr. Juho Pesonen, University of Eastern Finland, [email protected]

Prof. Dr. Claudia Brözel, HNE Eberswalde, [email protected]

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Buhalis, Bournemouth University, [email protected]

Site updated: 11.5.2020

Blog posts, news articles, videos, websites, and podcasts

Focused on tourism


Association of British Travel Agents advice for customers

U.S. Government advices U.S. citizens to avoid cruise ships

BBC: Virus ‘could cost millions of tourism jobs’

Financial help for airlines ‘should come with strict climate conditions’



BBC Radio Interview with Dimitrios Buhalis on Coronavirus and impacts to hospitality industry

Bournemouth University Coronavirus and Impacts on Tourism Panel Discussion Panel discusses the impacts of Coronavirus crisis on tourism and explores ways to increase tourism industry resilience.


World Economic Forum on Impacts of coronavirus

Hotel industry impact of COVID-19 (STR)

Impacts on wildlife

$450 billion collapse

Covid19Tourism Index (Temple University)

Moengage Coronavirus Business Impact Insights for Brands


Marketing and management

Promoting Tourism in the Time of Coronavirus Is a No-Win (

Digital travel marketing in the age of coronavirus (PhocusWire)

Coronavirus and Marketing: 6 Lessons from Hotel Brands in China (Dragon Trail Interactive)

Keeping tourists engaged

The Faroe Islands Remote Tourism



How DMOs Are Responding (CrowdRiff)

Insights from Visit Scotland into communication during the crises

Actions taken by governments (AIEST)



Guidelines on Infection Control & Prevention in Hotel Industry from Hong Kong

Customer sentiments in hospitality industry



Recovery and Reopening

UNWTO Healing Solutions Tourism Challenge

Corona-crisis: A Destination Management Opportunity (Destination Stewardship Center)

What will travel look like after coronavirus? (CNN)

Sustainable recovery (The Conversation)

Travel on an Awakening Planet (Earth Resonance)

UNWTO A Call for Action for Tourism’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery

The University of the West Indies COVID-19 Task Force

A Framework for Post-COVID 19 Recovery for our Towns and Cities (

Travel Industry Guidelines for Sectors Reopening in One Place (

BCG Travel Recovery Insights Portal (Boston Consulting Group)

The way back: What the world can learn from China’s travel restart after COVID-19 (McKinsey)



Save Berlins Club Culture in quarantine

Support from OTAs (VisitScotland)


Resource/aggregate pages (News, stories and resources for a sustainable tourism response to the COVID-19 emergency) helpful resources for hoteliers. (A centralised resources page that aggregates relevant hospitality/COVID-19 support content into one location.) (Especially for tours)

Travel Massive, including COVID-19 resources

COVID-19 Tourism Response (, an industry-led hub of resources and information on the impact and responses to this current global crisis)

Skift liveblog on Coronavirus and travel

PATA Crisis Resource Center 

ETOA insight, action and resources (European Tourism and COVID-19)

COVID19 and Sustainable Tourism (Anna Spenceley blog with 300+ links)

UNWTO Academy Digital Resources 

Hospitality Industry Resources: COVID-19 (Cornell)



Adventure Travel News COVID-19 Guide

Coronavirus tourism industry crash and call for humanity, resilience, solidarity and leadership. (

Key strategies to survive for tourism and hospitality industry (

Tourism Ground Zero (

Coronavirus marketing battle plan (


Videos, interviews, podcasts

COVID-19 Impact on the Global Hotel Industry for IFITT

Interview with professor Frederic Dimanche

eLearning for Tourism during the time of Coronavirus

How will tourist behaviours change in a post COVID-19 world? (Youtube)


General about the virus

MIT Radio Corona, interviews with experts about the virus

Follow Johns Hopkins University tracker on the spread of the virus

Financial Times Latest News on Coronavirus

UK Government Coronavirus action plan

OECD Materials on the effects of Coronavirus on global economy

BBC on Coronavirus symptoms

COVID-19 impact reports

COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports (Google)

COVID19 Infodemics Observatory

Appinio COVID-19 report



Google COVID19 public data program


International perspective

Spain: SEGITTUR platform for sharing information

Appinio COVID-19 report in Germany


Scientific, peer-reviewed research articles and books focused on tourism and COVID-19

For the most recent information on articles and call for papers regarding COVID-19 visit Travel & Tourism Transformed (Conferences, Books, Journals, Surveys & Research Proposals related to Travel, Tourism & Hospitality and the COVID-19 Pandemic)

Gretzel, U., Fuchs, M., Baggio, R., Hoepken, W., Law, R., Neidhardt, J., … & Xiang, Z. (2020). e-Tourism beyond COVID-19: a call for transformative research. Information Technology & Tourism, 1.

Gössling, S. Scott, D. & Hall, C.M. (2020): Pandemics, tourism and global change: a rapid assessment of COVID-19, Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

Hall, C.M., Scott, D. & Gössling, S. (2020): Pandemics, transformations and tourism: be careful what you wish for, Tourism Geographies.

Higgins-Desbiolles, F. (2020). Socialising tourism for social and ecological justice after COVID-19. Tourism Geographies, 1-14.

Wen, J., Aston, J., Liu, X., & Ying, T. (2020). Effects of misleading media coverage on public health crisis: a case of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak in China. Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research

Zheng, Y., Goh, E., & Wen, J. (2020). The effects of misleading media reports about COVID-19 on Chinese tourists’ mental health: a perspective article. Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research

Yang, Y., Zhang, H., & Chen, X. (2020). Coronavirus pandemic and tourism: Dynamic stochastic general equilibrium modeling of infectious disease outbreak. Annals of Tourism Research, 102913.

Ying, T., Wang, K., Liu, X., Wen, J., & Goh, E. (2020). Rethinking game consumption in tourism: a case of the 2019 novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak in China. Tourism Recreation Research