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Travel medicine in hospitality: an interdisciplinary perspective

Fangli Hu (Centre for Precision Health, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia)
Jun Wen (School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia)
Danni Zheng (Department of Tourism, Fudan University, Shanghai, China)
Wei Wang (Centre for Precision Health, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 18 January 2023

Issue publication date: 2 August 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to introduce an under-researched concept, travel medicine, to the hospitality field and proposes future research directions. This paper also highlights the need to acknowledge the missing link between hospitality and medical science and encourages research on the health of hotel guests, especially those with mental disorders.

Design/methodology/approach

By synthesizing relevant literature, this study proposes a conceptual framework focused on identifying and filling knowledge gaps between hospitality and medical science. Pathways for empirical research on hotel guests’ travel health are suggested accordingly.

Findings

This paper reveals that the topic of travel medicine has been neglected in hospitality, especially in relation to vulnerable hotel guests. Additionally, this study suggests that researchers should move beyond the confines of social science and conduct interdisciplinary hospitality studies. In-depth analyses of hotel guests’ health and safety are also recommended.

Research limitations/implications

This conceptual piece serves as a “provocation” that is exploratory, thus laying a foundation for future interdisciplinary studies bridging hospitality and medical science. This paper offers practical significance for hospitality stakeholders (i.e. academics, practitioners, hotel guests and society) and also provides guidelines on how to create vulnerability-friendly hospitality environments.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this study takes an important step toward interdisciplinary research between hospitality and medical science through the lens of travel medicine. This paper offers insight to bridge these disciplines and extend hospitality research into medical science. This paper further identifies an under-investigated topic and feasible research avenues that can offer timely solutions for hospitality academics and practitioners.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This work is supported by Danni Zheng’s Shanghai Pujiang Program [No. 22PJC020].

Citation

Hu, F., Wen, J., Zheng, D. and Wang, W. (2023), "Travel medicine in hospitality: an interdisciplinary perspective", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 35 No. 9, pp. 3134-3153. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-05-2022-0574

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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