COVID pandemic is a unique and unprecedented situation, which caused massive and disastrous effects on the global economy and human civilization. The pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 emerged in December 2019 in China and by March 2020 affected the whole world. United Nations World Tourism Organization forecasted a decline in international tourist arrivals by 20–30% in 2020 compared to 2019, with a loss of USD 300-450 billion. Temporarily closure of hotels, tourist accommodation & restaurants, international travel restrictions, and the cancellation of events, festivals, and conferences have negatively affected the local economy of the host destinations. Since the tourism industry has been recognized as vulnerable to disastrous events, the process of recovery after any disaster is essential to understand the changes in the tourism & hospitality sectors.
The crisis is an opportunity to rethink tourism for the future. Tourism is at a crossroads and research-based solutions will shape the tourism of tomorrow. Tourism stakeholders need to assess the implications of the COVID pandemic to build a stronger, resilient, and sustainable tourism industry.
Journal of Tourism (JoT) for its upcoming issue, invites timely and informative contributions related to restarting tourism and contemporary challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for tourism & hospitality, with long-term managerial and research implications.