COVID-19 and African tourism research agendas

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COVID-19 has triggered a burst of international scholarship concerning the reshaping of tourism and the resetting of tourism research agendas. The aim of this paper is to tease out some implications for re-orienting the African tourism research agenda from 2020 and beyond. Arguably, an appropriate African research response to COVID-19 in the context of tourism must embrace a genuine transdisciplinary approach and draw in researchers who would not, historically, have operated in the tourism space. Seven key themes are discussed namely, market confidence; dependence on international long-haul tourists; supporting regional and domestic tourism especially VFR travel; redefining community-based tourism; informal sector resilience; climate change; and, addressing present-mindedness in African tourism scholarship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-741
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopment Southern Africa
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2020


  • African tourism
  • COVID-19
  • research agenda

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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