The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Critical Discussion of a Tourism Research Agenda

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Unquestionable, the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is one of the most impactful events of the 21st century and has tremendous effects on tourism. While many tourism researchers worldwide are currently ‘Covid-19 research gap spotting’, we call for more deliberateness and rigor. While we agree that the coronavirus pandemic is unique and relevant to research, we argue that not all effects are worth researching or novel to us. Previous research on crises and disasters do show similar patterns and existing theories can often very well explain the current phenomena. Thus, six illustrative examples are shown how a research agenda could look like. This includes parts where theoretical explanations from tourism are missing, as well as where we think existing knowledge might be subject to a tourism paradigm-shift due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104164
JournalTourism Management
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Crises
  • Disasters
  • Coronavirus
  • Covid-19
  • Pandemic
  • Research agenda

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