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Vanessa Gowreesunkar

Vanessa Gowreesunkar
University of Africa Nigeria · Tourism and Hospitality Management

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Dr Vanessa GB Gowreesunkar is an Associate Professor in cultural tourism. Her research and publications are mainly focused on tourism management, marketing, entrepreneurship, island tourism among others. She has a number of research articles published in Scopus-indexed journals and she has been the main editor and co-editor for several international text books.

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Publications (96)
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This new volume, Post-Disaster and Post-Conflict Tourism, now going into its 2nd edition, takes an in-depth look at how global geopolitical tensions and global threats affect the tourism industry and offers tools and strategies for meeting these challenges. The book is updated with chapters that include new research, studies, and experiences, many...
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Social media is widely used in the field of tourism. And without the role of technology, it is unimaginable to travel these days, it would be like candy without sugar. Thus, social media plays a vital role in marketing and promotion of food tourism. The focus of the study is to analyze the role of information technology in food tourism marketing an...
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Tourism and Ecosystems services are inter-dependant and facing unique challenges. This book explores the challenges faced by destinations regarding the management and restoration of their ecosystem services. Responding to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, this book offers unique management solutions based on best practices from Europe, America...
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COVID-19 impacted the tourism sector, and its ripple effect is equally evident in tourism academia at all levels. Since innovation in tourism pedagogy is considered an epicentre of quality education, this study proposes an integrated model to identify the degree of pedagogical innovation adapted by tourism educators. The model is an amalgamation of...
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India is one of the countries with the highest social media usage. According to Statista, India has over 680 million active users on social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. As a result, this situation has tremendous potential for using this network to grow numerous sectors in India, including tourism. The goal of this stud...
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One of the prime challenges arising from the rapid rise of tourism in developing countries is how to plan destinations effectively in order to maximize advantages to local people while reducing negative tourism impacts. As a result, ecotourism can be viewed as a medium for sustainable community development and their empowerment as key components we...
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The current study intends to analyze the impact of tourism service quality on tourist revisit intention. This is achieved by investigating the mediating role of tourist satisfaction at select tourist destinations in the Indian state Rajasthan, from the perspectives of both domestic and international tourists. The exploratory design is used in the s...
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Executive Summary As the world continues to navigate between the 'new normal' and the 'next normal' of an ongoing pandemic, the recovery plans of several tourism destinations are still not bringing desired results. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed long standing structural weaknesses and gaps in tourism policies worldwide. The formulation of tour...
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2020 has left a mark on the history of travel worldwide leaving tourist destinations with lessons to learn from impact of COVID-19. Tourism Destination Management in a Post-Pandemic Context gives an insight into the challenges faced by tourism destinations during and after the pandemic, exposing trends and proposing management solutions in order to...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to offer an insight of the role of the African Union (AU) and the Economic Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) in implementing the sustainable development goals (SDGs) for the air transport sector and the tourism industry. The objective is to show how the AU along with its advisory body ECOSOCC collaborates wi...
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There is sufficient evidence in academic scholarship that points to the important role diaspora tourism plays for the economies of homeland communities and countries. Given previous research shows a decreased level of attachment to the homeland in the second generation of immigrants, this research seeks to explore the effects of childhood experienc...
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Purpose This study offers insights on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) initiatives of five international hotels, namely, Ibis Getafe, NH Hotels, Occidental Hotels and Resorts, Mariposa Hotel and the Zanzibar Collection. The objective is to show how hoteliers around the world engage in sustainable action. The paper mainly focuses on the Zanz...
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Purpose The purpose is to provide an overview as to how the sustainable development goals (SDGs) are being implemented by countries with different tourism requirements and resources. In so doing, this theme issue presents case studies from across the globe and examines them from academic and practitioner perspectives. The case studies cover: hospit...
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Purpose This study aims to focus on the phenomenon of “over-education” characterized by a discrepancy between education provided and the needs of the economy vis-à-vis employment. The study considers this issue with reference to tourism and courses taught in the field. Specifically, the phenomenon of over-education is investigated with reference to...
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Purpose This concluding paper filters out the main points relating to the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) arising from the theme issue. The aim is to provide an insight as to how the hospitality and tourism industry is aligning its actions with the SDGs given the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent issues such...
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Purpose Begging is undoubtedly an ancient phenomenon but when explored from the tourism perspective, it is relatively new. Begging has existed across several historical periods, but with sophistication and savviness, it has developed into a lucrative form of tourism business. While previous studies have reasonably explored the beggar–tourist intera...
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Urbanism and overtourism are new realities in many popular tourism cities (see Sommer, 2018; Kiralova and Hamarneh, 2018; Séraphin et al., 2018; Ashworth and Page, 2011). Studies show that because tourism cities perform multiple functions that are conducive for urbanised tourists (Maxim, 2017), a new breed of travellers driven by globalisation and...
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Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) occupy a central position in the marketing of tourism destinations. They are destination-based organizations assuming several roles that are instrumental in the marketability and sustainability of the destinations. This chapter examines the roles of DMOs at tourism destinations. The aim is to broaden under...
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India’s incredible cities: Anticipating the future, respecting the past Tourism in Indian Cities: Special Issue Editorial Dr. Jithendran Kokkranikal (University of Greenwich, United Kingdom) Professor Alastair M. Morrison (Research Professor, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom) Dr Vanessa Gaitree Gowreesunkar (University of Africa, Bayelsa Sta...
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Overtourism and under-tourism are inevitable in an era characterized by globalisation, sophistication and emancipation. Overtourism and under-tourism are the outcome of mismanaged destinations, poor planning and lack of coordination. Both are causes to the destruction of a destination and they have to share the responsibilities; after all, differen...
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In 2012, the Ministry of Tourism of Haiti decided to change its Destination Marketing Organisation (DMO) logo. By conducting a survey amongst Haitians and non-Haitians, this study took advantage of the change to assess the new logo’s rebranding performance compared to the 1939 DMO logo. Using a Factor Analysis, three attributes were identified: ‘Vi...
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Existing literature has explored the impacts of tourism events on destinations and on their residents as a one-way strategy. However, the direction of those impacts may have a reversal in terms of residents' supportiveness and level of happiness. Happiness and tourism are very topical at the moment and are still under-researched. Based on this noti...
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DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.14389.83686 Figure 1. The types of ecotourism: a classification model. Figure 1 presents classification of ecotourism types depending on the motivation factors and quantity of tourists. On the chart, each type of ecotourism is estimated and placed in proportion to the prevailing motifs (axis X), mass character (Y axis) and a...
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Purpose This paper aims to provide an overview of the significance of this theme issue. To develop a better understanding of the context, the phenomenon of overtourism is introduced. The paper also sheds light on perverse impacts of overtourism on key stakeholders and seeks to provide justification for the need for smart and sustainable strategies....
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Purpose This concluding paper filters out smart and sustainable strategies drawn from a rich variety of articles presented throughout the theme issue. This paper aims to provide a summary of the key points related to the perverse impacts of overtourism and smart and sustainable strategies to overcome the phenomenon. Design/methodology/approach The...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to summarise the main outcomes of the collection of studies in this theme issue and to offer some key reflections based on the experiences of the theme editors and contributors. Design/methodology/approach This study uses structured questions to enable the theme editors to reflect on the rationale for the theme...
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Purpose This paper aims to evaluate the “Janus-faced” character and causes of overtourism to propose recommendations to tackle such a phenomenon. Design/methodology/approach A case study analysis approach is adopted for this study. Studies of practitioners are presented and reflected upon with reference to academic literature on overtourism. Find...
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Purpose Many tourism destinations are now facing the problem of overtourism, and destination management organisations (DMOs) are in search of an effective and sustainable solution. With this as a foundation, the purpose of this study is to identify factors causing overtourism at popular tourism destinations and to propose an alternative solution to...
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The present chapter explores the conceptual limitations of ecotourism as well the state of fragmentations the specialized literature shows. In this study, the authors are investigating eco-tourism as an action that aims to protect the environment, while exploring new cases studies that could be used as examples of good practice. Modern understandi...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the contributions of Agenda 2063 in tourism development in Africa while examining the inherent contradictions in its implementation. Ultimately, it brings out a meaningful synthesis of the overall implications and proposes recommendations for an equitable and sustainable tourism development in Afr...
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Purpose – This paper aims to provide an overview of the significance of this theme issue. To develop a better understanding of the context, the phenomenon of overtourism is introduced. The paper also sheds light on perverse impacts of overtourism on key stakeholders and seeks to provide justification for the need for smart and sustainable strategie...
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This exploratory study aims at identifying diaspora tourism practices and at exploring its benefit in Haiti, a Carribbean island. In so doing, this research work fills both theoretical and practical gaps through the conceptualisation and operationalisation of diasporic tourism in the Caribbean. The methodological approach is mainly based on seconda...
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There is growing evidence that tourism entrepreneurs not only contribute in the socioeconomic development of a nation but also in the overall attractiveness of a destination. In fact, numerous studies on the topic have led researchers to conclude that local entrepreneurs are important stakehol-ders and their supportiveness and/or non-supportiveness...
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Tourism is a queer paradox. It can be benign and malign, and at times it can conserve and consume resources, protect natural capital while damages heritage and so on. This dualism in tourism is not inherent or native to its character, but it is due to some policy failure, bad planning, ill governance, poor management of skills or want of new knowle...
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The importance of the islands working together toward a multicentre product for tourists has been highlighted as early as the 1980s, and yet hardly anything has been done in that sense. Can cluster be considered as the way forward for the sustainable development of the Caribbean? This question could be considered as the first step of the tourism pl...
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The importance of the islands working together toward a multicentre product for tourists has been highlighted as early as the 1980s, and yet hardly anything has been done in that sense. Can cluster be considered as the way forward for the sustainable development of the Caribbean? This question could be considered as the first step of the tourism pl...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the link between history (heritage) and tourism marketing (destination branding). More specifically, the paper focuses on how heritage is used by private and public tourism organisations of post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster (PCCD) destinations in their branding strategy. In particula...
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Tourism is an important economic activity in Cuba. The island is the second most visited of the Caribbean and is ranked as second in the ‘Big 6’ (Séraphin & Dosquet, 2016) based on its tourism performance in the region. Among the factors that account for this success are the years of socialist government, the US imposed trade embargo, and the restr...
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The present chapter explores the conceptual limitations of ecotourism as well the state of fragmentations the specialized literature shows. In this study, the authors are investigating eco-tourism as an action that aims to protect the environment, while exploring new cases studies that could be used as examples of good practice. Modern understandin...
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Studies show that hosting of event is an important tourism strategy of island destinations, as it has the potential to boost the marketability of a declining tourism industry and can contribute to the attractiveness of destinations and satisfaction level of visitors. In contrast, Martinique, a French overseas territory island, has not been successf...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to profile the WHATT theme issue “What marketing strategy for destinations with a negative image?” with reference to the experiences of the theme editor and writing team. Design/methodology/approach This paper uses structured questions to enable the theme editors to reflect on the rationale for the theme issu...
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Purpose This concluding paper filters out meaningful marketing strategies that could be used to re-position and re-establish tourism destinations struggling with negative image. Drawing from a collection of case studies around the world, this paper aims to provide evidence from post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster destinations to anchor t...
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Purpose This introductory article provides an overview of the significance of the theme issue. Design/methodology/approach The article sheds lights on issues that post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster destinations are facing, and more importantly provides strategies to overcome the issues. The solutions are tailored to the particular pr...
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As Haiti lacks visitor attractions, the development of an authentic event programme is going to be an essential part of the on-going tourism strategy. Culturally rich events are part of the appeal of a destination and can be cost efficient to organise. Furthermore it is well documented that planned events have the ability to improve national pride...
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As Haiti lacks visitor attractions, the development of an authentic event programme is going to be an essential part of the on-going tourism strategy. Culturally rich events are part of the appeal of a destination and can be cost efficient to organise. Furthermore it is well documented that planned events have the ability to improve national pride...
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Developing nations comprise economically-weak societies, where a large portion of the population struggle to secure their daily basic needs. International hotel chains are often welcomed in such countries, with the expectation that their operations will contribute towards socio-economic development. However, experience has so far indicated that suc...
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Studies show that hosting of event is an important tourism strategy of island destinations, as it has the potential to boost the marketability of a declining tourism industry and can contribute to the attractiveness of destinations and satisfaction level of visitors. In contrast, Martinique, a French overseas territory island, has not been successf...
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Few businesses are subjected to negative criticism as tourism does. In early stages, it was considered a passport to development, later around the last quarter of 20th century, it touched the zenith, bringing in its wake, myriad negative consequences that it consumes places, cultures, creates acculturation, degrades the environment and suffers from...
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Many islands promote their destinations by including islets that surround them. Conscious of the competitive tourism market, the move is based on the need for tourism diversification. Islets are endowed with unique flora and fauna, and when included in the tourism package, islets receive considerable prominence in the gaze of tourists looking for a...
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In countries that have experienced abusive power relationships, ongoing poverty, prejudice, violence and natural disaster, changes hardly happen and if they do, they are very slow. Haiti is not an exception. The problem of entrepreneurship in Haiti goes beyond human management and business management skills. It is first of all a human issue: The pr...
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In countries that have experienced abusive power relationships, ongoing poverty, prejudice, violence and natural disaster, changes hardly happen and if they do, they are very slow. Haiti is not an exception. The problem of entrepreneurship in Haiti goes beyond human management and business management skills. It is first of all a human issue: The pr...
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The development of the tourism industry is one of the main priorities of the Haitian government. However, the destination still has the image of an insecure destination, where the worst is likely to happen. This exploratory study (based on the Blakeley Model), highlights the gap between the negative image of the destination perceived by tourists an...
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The literature widely acknowledges visual communication in the form of a logo as a potential marketing tool for attracting visitors. Focusing exclusively on logos, this study uses the Haitian Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) logo as a case study to explain how the choice of colors of a logo can benefit from market research methods. In essen...
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The entertainment activities of leisure tourists constitute a significant component of tourism experience. Their analysis is important since it allows tourism marketers to acquire insights and better understanding on tourists' experience and satisfaction. The paper's aim is to examine the evolving nature, roles and forms of entertainment activities...
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While on one hand, social entrepreneurship, as a new movement, is being spearheaded by individuals to make the world a better place, on the other hand, small islands, dominated by Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) seem to have overlooked this emerging concept in their tourism management initiatives. The work of Séraphin (2012) highlighted two impo...
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Dolphin-watching is now a major tourist attraction in many tropical islands. In the quest of capitalising on this opportunity, some destinations often overlook the impacts and implications of conducting such an activity. In the case of island destinations, it becomes more important to investigate this form of tourism attraction, given that islands...
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The entrepreneurship sector is an important component of any tourism industry. In Haiti, Kenya and Mauritius entrepreneurship appears to have a potential to contribute to the sustainable development of their respective tourism sectors. Moreover, no academic paper has been written so far about entrepreneurship in the tourism sector comparing Haiti,...

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Greetings from Mauritius and Kenya. Please find attached a call for book chapters on “Tourism Management and Restoration of Ecosystem Services in a Post Pandemic Context: Global Issues and Challenges” which is to be published with Routledge by the end of year 2021. Tourism and Ecosystem Services (ES) are inexorably linked, as most tourism activities are produced using natural and cultural ecosystem services; tourists are attracted by several cultural ecosystem services such as spiritual, religious experiences, cultural performances inter alia while natural ecosystem services in the form of lake, mountain, forest, agriculture inter alia, are needed to create the tourism offer. Expressed in these terms, tourism’s dependence on ecosystem services is obvious. With this as foundation, the proposed book is conceptualized to provide essential understanding on the management and restoration of ecosystem services in the business of tourism. The objective is to present cases and share best practices in order to advance theoretical knowledge and support practitioners in the management and restoration of ecosystems services. Researchers and practitioners who wish to contribute a chapter, are requested to send an abstract in about 400 words highlighting the theme, aim, and research objectives of the chapter. Prospective contributors are also requested to send a brief author’s biography of no more than 100 words to the editors at gvanessaa@gmail.com and maingi.shem@ku.ac.ke by 31st March 2021. The call is attached for your consideration. Looking forward to receiving your valuable contribution. Warm Regards, Vanessa, Shem and Felix
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Goal: The COVID-19 Pandemic is destroying our tourism industry. As tourism professionals, it is our duty to help in the revival of the industry. In line with this attempt, we invite you to bring your valuable contribution to a book we are editing with Emerald Publishing Group. The proposed book title is “Tourism Destinations and Post COVID-19 Pandemic: Global Issues and Destination Management Solutions”. The submissions will explore the following topics and are not limited to them: Destination Management Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Impacts and implications of COVID-19 in the global tourism industry • Roles of Destination Management Organizations Post COVID-19 • Destination management techniques Post COVID-19 • Management of tourism businesses Post COVID-19 • Sustainable tourism development Post COVID-19 Tourism Policy and Planning Post COVID-19 Pandemic • National and regional tourism policies Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Role of stakeholders in tourism policy and planning Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Role of international organizations in tourism policy and planning Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Tourism education and training Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Sustainable tourism development Post COVID-19 Pandemic Disaster Management Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Tourism disaster preparedness Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Tourism disaster response strategies Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Occupation health and safety in the tourism industry Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Tourism destination resilience Post COVID-19 Pandemic Local communities and Tourism Destination recovery Post COVID – 19 Pandemic • Local communities and Tourism Destination recovery Post COVID – 19 Pandemic • Tourism business recovery strategies Post COVID-19 Pandemic • The right to tourism and travel facilitation Post COVID-19 • Tourism governance and regulations Post COVID-19 Pandemic Destination Marketing Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Tourist behavior Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Destination image management Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Positioning and branding of tourism destinations Post COVID-19 • Tourism product development and innovations Post COVID-19 • Social media and communication strategies in tourism Post COVID-19 Research and Future trends Currently note that the Call for Chapters is CLOSED
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The COVID-19 Pandemic is destroying our tourism industry. As tourism professionals, it is our duty to help in the revival of the industry. In line with this attempt, we invite you to bring your valuable contribution to a book we are editing with CABI Publishing (Oxford). The proposed book title is “Tourism Destinations and Post COVID-19 Pandemic: Global Issues and Destination Management Solutions” and the important Dates are: Chapter Abstract Submission Deadline: 30th June 2020 Chapter Abstract Acceptance Notification: 15th July 2020 Proposed Full Chapter Submission Deadline: 30th December 2020 Review of Chapters: 1st January 2021 to 30th May 2021 Submission of Revised Chapter Deadline: 1st June 2021 Proposed Book Hand over: July 2021 If you are interested writing a chapter (5,000 – 6,000 words) on any of the listed topics below, email your abstract to vanessa.gowreesunkar@uat.edu.ng and maingi.shem@ku.ac.ke by 30th of June 2020. The submissions may explore the following topics and are not limited to them: Destination Management Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Impacts and implications of COVID-19 in the global tourism industry • Roles of Destination Management Organizations Post COVID-19 • Destination management techniques Post COVID-19 • Management of tourism businesses Post COVID-19 • Sustainable tourism development Post COVID-19 Tourism Policy and Planning Post COVID-19 Pandemic • National and regional tourism policies Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Role of stakeholders in tourism policy and planning Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Role of international organizations in tourism policy and planning Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Tourism education and training Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Sustainable tourism development Post COVID-19 Pandemic Disaster Management Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Tourism disaster preparedness Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Tourism disaster response strategies Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Occupation health and safety in the tourism industry Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Tourism destination resilience Post COVID-19 Pandemic Local communities and Tourism Destination recovery Post COVID – 19 Pandemic • Local communities and Tourism Destination recovery Post COVID – 19 Pandemic • Tourism business recovery strategies Post COVID-19 Pandemic • The right to tourism and travel facilitation Post COVID-19 • Tourism governance and regulations Post COVID-19 Pandemic Destination Marketing Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Tourist behavior Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Destination image management Post COVID-19 Pandemic • Positioning and branding of tourism destinations Post COVID-19 • Tourism product development and innovations Post COVID-19 • Social media and communication strategies in tourism Post COVID-19 Research and Future trends in Tourism COVID-19 Pandemic • Tourism and technology in a Post COVID-19 era • Tourism governance and regulations Post COVID-19 • Future trends in tourism research in the Post COVID-19 era Submission Procedure Your Chapter abstract should include: a) A 500-words abstract in Word format which details the chapter title, author title, research problem, research questions, research significance, methods, frameworks and findings and b) Author(s)’ short biography (max.100 words) and contact information (name, affiliation, address and email). If accepted, full contributions are expected to be a maximum of 5000 -6000 words including references. Each contribution must be original and unpublished work.