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From one crisis to another: politics, Russia-Ukraine war, Covid-19 and the future of tourism

D’une crise l’autre. De la crise sanitaire du covid-19 au conflit russo-ukrainien

Post Crisis Tourism: Resilience, Transformation, or Evolution?

Le tourisme post-crises : mort ou résilience ?

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Published on Thursday, September 30, 2021 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The covid-19 pandemic has plummeted the tourism sector into a serious and unprecedented crisis. For the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) the covid-19 pandemic is «by far the most serious crisis that international tourism has faced since records began (1950) [...] The impact will be felt to varying degrees in different regions of the world." In the first three months of 2020, the tourism industry lost $80 billion, and several million jobs are at risk. As we begin to talk about decontamination, Global tourism may be facing a new challenge: the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. From soaring oil prices to sanctions, declining tourist numbers, etc., the escalating conflict in Ukraine will have an impact on tourism. Thus, after the coronavirus crisis, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is becoming a new challenge for the tourism sector. Several questions arise that we would like to explore. Rather than adopting a developmental approach, we propose to adopt a reflexive approach instead. The expected contributions will combine empirical work and theoretical reflections and can be anchored in a variety of disciplinary fields in the humanities and social sciences.

Announcement

Argument

The interdisciplinary doctoral school of the International University of Agadir in Morocco in partnership with Al Rayyan International University / University of Derby, Doha, Qatar, is planning to organize an international symposium on post-crisis tourism that will take place from May 12 to 13, 2022. The Covid-19 pandemic has totally changed the tourism industry we have continuously known to be a rapidly developing and affective one. With Covid-19, the tourism industry is now experienced and planned for in a completely different manner. The rapidly developing industry came to a halt and led to a global economic crisis. Such a crisis had major impacts on individuals, organisations, industries, and entire countries. According to a survey conducted by the UNWTO Expert Group (2020), the erosion of international tourism "endangers millions of households whose livelihoods depend on tourism and threatens to undo progress made toward the Sustainable Development Goals."

After the Covid-19 pandemic, global tourism may face a new challenge: the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. From soaring oil prices to sanctions, declining tourist numbers, etc., the escalating conflict in Ukraine will have an impact on tourism. However, the escalation of the war could lead to a decrease in tourism revenues. Tourism is one of the areas where this conflict will affect several tourist destinations such as the Middle East, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Spain, Dubai, etc.

Turkey, Egypt, Dubai, etc., are the most popular foreign destinations for Russian tourists (Russian tourists were expected to generate about $1.2 billion for the Gulf by 2023, according to data reported on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market in 2020). Morocco, for its part, hopes to attract 2 million Russian tourists each year.

Russians may be more reluctant to travel in times of war, while Moscow may also advise its citizens against travelling or even cut off direct flights. Sanctions on Russian banks could mean that tourists are unable to withdraw and spend money. The economy could also collapse. The Russian rouble has fallen by 10% to its lowest level ever. The increased cost of travel, due to the weakening of their currency, could also deter Russians from going on holiday.

Another risk that could slow down tourism is the sudden rise in energy prices. This, together with high inflation, could push up the prices of tourist establishments. The soaring price of oil also raises fears of an increase in the price of air tickets, another possible pitfall for tourists. So, after the coronavirus crisis, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is becoming a new challenge for the tourism sector.

At a time when the world is facing the fifth wave of coronavirus linked to the Omicron variant and the "new cold war" between Russia and the West, several questions arise that we wish to study.

As we begin to talk about deconfinement several questions arise that we wish to explore. We also propose adopting a reflective approach. The expected contributions will combine empirical work and theoretical reflections and can be anchored in a variety of disciplinary fields in the humanities and social sciences. In particular, they will be able to address the questions gathered in the following axes:

  • Governance in times of crisis
  • International geopolitical context and tourism
  • Impact of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on tourism
  • Decline in international tourism during the war
  • Tourism activity during the war and post-war period
  • The tourism of the war heritage
  • Resilience in times of crisis
  • Post-Covid 19 Tourism?
  • "Future of travel" or "travel of the future"?
  • The consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on tourism
  • Tourism a fragile sector?
  • Tourism, pandemic of covid 19 and borders
  • Will covid-19 mark the end of hypermobility?
  • Animation in times of health crisis
  • The health crisis and rural tourism
  • The domestic market hope for the tourism sector?
  • Tourism communication in times of health crisis
  • Post-corona tourism marketing
  • Innovation in times of crisis?
  • The pandemic, a digital gas pedal?
  • The perception of post-covid tourism 19
  • Managing the health crisis: what lessons can be learned?
  • The rigor of hygiene standards in tourist accommodation and the role of virtual communities in times of health crisis
  • Post-Covid 19 and urban planning in tourist cities
  • Post-Covid 19 and tourism planning
  • The post-Covid-19 era and the development of public spaces and tourist circuits
  • Tourism, pandemic and transportation: how to organize post-covid 19 transportations?
  • Will cars, campers and caravans be favored over air travel?
  • Individual means of transport versus public transport
  • Individual houses, camping or hotel?
  • Covid-19, an opportunity to develop domestic tourism?
  • How to rethink the domestic tourism model?
  • Closer destinations versus distant destinations
  • The Covid-19 pandemic and the use of outdoor recreational spaces
  • Will the tourism industry remain a major driver of the economy?
  • Post-Covid-19: construction and reconstruction dynamics of tourist destinations
  • The coronavirus, gas pedal or reducer of conflicts between actors? Governance in times of crisis

Attendees

A high level round table will be organized in the margin of the conference with the participation of :

  • Bruno SARRASIN, Director of the Department of Urban and Tourism Studies, University of Quebec in Montreal
  • Sylvie BRUNEL, Geographer/Economist, Sorbonne University, Paris France
  • Henryk HANDSZUH, former director of the World Tourism Organization (WTO)
  • Hassan FAOUZI, Geographer/Sociologist, Agadir International University, Morocco
  • Ali ABDALLAH, Al Rayyan International University College, Doha Qatar
  • Caroline COURET Director of the Creative Tourism Network. Consultant for the European Union
  • European Union and UNWTO
  • Daniel PEYRON, Former Director General of Sup de Co La Rochelle
  • Mohamed BOUKHEROUK, Geographer Cadi Ayyad University, Essaouira, Morocco
  • Robert LANQUAR, Director SARCEO, Swiss UMEF Univ. Cordoba - Geneva. Advisor to the World Bank, the European Commission, UNWTO and UNEP
  • Wissal EL GHARBAOUI, Secretary General of the CNT Director of the Planeta Group Formerly Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Tourism, Morocco
  • Olivier DEHOORNE, Geographer Universities of Antilles and of Laval, Québec, Co-directors of the journal Études Caribéennes

Publication of the proceedings 

The selected papers will be published in the journal Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes (indexed by Scopus) and at L’Harmattan, among the major French publishing houses

Proposed schedule

  • 15 April 2022 : deadline for receipt of final papers

  • 12 May 2022 : date of the conference

Authors are invited to send their contributions to the following address: edition5@universiapolis.ma

Authors may contact the conference coordinators before submitting their proposal:

  • Hassan FAOUZI : hassan.faouzi@universiapolis.ma
  • Ali ABDALLAH: AAbdallah@ariu.edu.qa

Papers should present original research results       

Registration and participation fees

  • 40 € (45 $ / 400 dh) for doctoral students
  • 50 € (55 $ / 500 dh) for teacher-researchers and others

Scientific Committee

  • Adama Ndiaye, University of Sine Sloum, Senegal
  • Ali Abdallah, Al Rayyan International University / University of Derby, Doha, Qatar
  • Avraam Papastathopoulos, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Charbel Bassil, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
  • Christopher S. Duttm, Al Rayyan International University, Doha, Qatar  
  • Galal M. H. Afifi, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman / Helwan University, Egypt
  • Habib Benboubaker, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities Manouba, Tunisia
  • Hafidh Al Riyami, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Oman
  • Hassan Faouzi, International University of Agadir, Morocco
  • Hichem Rejeb, University of Sousse, Tunisia
  • Irene Theodoropoulou, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
  • Liliane Buccianti-Barakat, Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Majda Al Salti, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  • Mohamed Boukherouk, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
  • Mohamed Hellal, University of Sousse, Tunisia
  • Mohit Vij, School of Business, Skyline University College, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Said Boujrouf, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
  • Sanjay Nadkarni, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Stella Kladou, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece
  • Wafa Ahmed Belbachir, Graduate school of management, Tlemcen, Algeria

Coordinators

  • Ali ABDALLAH, International University / University of Derby, Doha, Qatar
  • Hassan FAOUZI, International University of Agadir, Morocco
  • Mohamed BOUKHEROUK, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco

The place of the symposium

Universiapolis-Université internationale d’Agadir

Bab Al Madina, Qr Tilila, B.P. 8143

Agadir, Maroc (80060)

Tél: 0528 230 230 / 0528 22 32 10

Fax: 0528 22 33 68

Places

  • Universiapolis - Bab Al Madina, Qr Tilila, B.P. 8143
    Agadir, Kingdom of Morocco (80060)

Event format

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Friday, April 15, 2022

Keywords

  • tourisme, covid-19, Maghreb, Afrique subsaharienne, pays du Golf

Contact(s)

  • Hassan FAOUZI
    courriel : hassan [dot] faouzi [at] universiapolis [dot] ma

Information source

  • Hassan FAOUZI
    courriel : hassan [dot] faouzi [at] universiapolis [dot] ma

To cite this announcement

« From one crisis to another: politics, Russia-Ukraine war, Covid-19 and the future of tourism », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, September 30, 2021, https://calenda.org/914600

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