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

Tom Baum, Nguyen Thi Thanh Hai

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2397-2407
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Issue number7
Early online date18 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2020


  • COVID-19
  • pandemic
  • human rights
  • tourism
  • hospitality

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