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Natural disasters, terrorism, and civil unrest: crises that disrupt the tourism and travel industry-a brief overview

Rosalyn D. Harrington (Department of History, Politics and Social Justice, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 31 May 2021

Issue publication date: 21 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a summary of how disasters, natural and human induced disasters, terrorist attacks, civil and political unrest and other crises affect tourism positively and negatively.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper briefly analyzes case studies to establish the underpinnings of tourism disruption in the midst of disasters and crises.

Findings

This paper outlines how various crises and disasters affect the tourism industry and what processes can be used to enhance or restructure the industry through communication plans, the media and stakeholder collaborative efforts.

Originality/value

While disasters and crises are not new, this paper offers a series of recommendations and insights to help quickly restore a normal state of tourism and hospitality functioning and build a more resilient path for tourism for generations to come.

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Citation

Harrington, R.D. (2021), "Natural disasters, terrorism, and civil unrest: crises that disrupt the tourism and travel industry-a brief overview", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 392-396. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-01-2021-0008

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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