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Hospitality, tourism, human rights and the impact of COVID-19

Tom Baum (Department of Work, Employment and Organisation, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Nguyen Thi Thanh Hai (Institute for Human Rights, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, Hanoi, Vietnam)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 14 May 2020

Issue publication date: 23 June 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to undertake a “real-time” assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the right to participate in hospitality and tourism and to illustrate where such rights are under threat.

Design/methodology/approach

This discussion is based on a review of current events, assessed through interpretation of a human rights lens.

Findings

Rights to participate in hospitality and tourism, particularly in parts of Asia, Europe and North America, were affected on a scale unprecedented in peacetime.

Research limitations/implications

The rights to participate in hospitality and tourism have been challenged as never before. The big questions that will need to be answered going forward are the extent to which such rights will be restored, post-COVID-19.

Originality/value

This is a “real-time” assessment and will require re-visiting as events unfold over the coming months and years.

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Citation

Baum, T. and Hai, N.T.T. (2020), "Hospitality, tourism, human rights and the impact of COVID-19", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 32 No. 7, pp. 2397-2407. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-03-2020-0242

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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