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Tourism policy research after the COVID-19 pandemic: reconsidering the role of the state in tourism

Tourism policy research after the COVID-19 pandemic: reconsidering the role of the state in tourism

Kennell, James ORCID: 0000-0002-7877-7843 (2020) Tourism policy research after the COVID-19 pandemic: reconsidering the role of the state in tourism. Skyline Business Journal, 16 (1). pp. 68-72. ISSN 1998-3425 (Print), 2707-4986 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.37383/SBJ160106)

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Abstract

Over the last thirty years of research into tourism policy, there has been a dominant assumption that the appropriate role of the state in tourism is mostly settled. The state has a legitimate role in the tourism industry, but it is essentially one of ‘steering and not rowing’. This assumption has developed against the backdrop of the neoliberal shift towards small states, powerful markets and light touch policy interventions in industry. This research note argues that the measures that have been taken by governments around the world in respect of their tourism industries, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are sufficiently significant and long-term to warrant a re-appraisal of the role of the state in tourism. Specifically, this note makes the case for a renewed focus on research into tourism policy in non-Western contexts, where the role of the state has not been as constrained by the neoliberal shift, and for an increase in international comparative policy research, which has been notably absent in the tourism policy field to date.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tourism policy, COVID-19, neoliberalism, role of the state
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2021 10:49
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30731

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