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Hall, C. M., & Seyfi, S. (2021). COVID-19 pandemic, tourism and degrowth. In Hall, C. M., Lundmark, L., & Zhang, J. (Eds.). Degrowth and Tourism: New Perspectives on Tourism Entrepreneurship, Destinations and Policy. Routledge.

COVID-19 pandemic, tourism and degrowth

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Author: Hall, C. Michael1,2,3,4; Seyfi, Siamak5
Organizations: 1Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
2Linneaeus University School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
3Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Helsingborg, Sweden
4Geography, Oulu University, Finland
5Geography Research Unit, PO BOX 3000, 90014 University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.4 MB)
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Language: English
Published: Routledge, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-06-29


The COVID-19 (commonly referred to as the Coronavirus) outbreak and its massive and swift spread halted mobility globally on an unprecedented scale and substantially and abruptly slowed down the consumption of tourism. This chapter aims to provide a brief assessment of this pandemic which has become a health, economic and geopolitical crisis with direct and enormous effects on the tourism industry at international, national and local levels. It also deals with how enforced degrowth and slow consumption ensued from the unprecedented lockdown and social distancing practices by government have provided unique opportunity for the reset of tourism. The chapter also discusses the challenges of the pandemic in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is finished by critical discussion of transformative discourse shaped in the aftermath of this outbreak in the wider academic community.

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ISBN: 978-0-429-32059-0
ISBN Print: 978-0-367-33565-6
Pages: 220 - 238
DOI: 10.4324/9780429320590-17
Host publication editor: Hall, C. Michael
Lundmark, Linda
Jasmine, Jundan
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Degrowth and Tourism: New Perspectives on Tourism Entrepreneurship, Destinations and Policy on 29 December 2020, available online: