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Tourism Crises and Destination Recovery

Tourism Crises and Destination Recovery

November 2021 | 292 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

As global tourism faces its greatest threat since World War II, the author draws on over 40 years of industry and academic experience to explore the core themes that underpin crises, their impact on the tourism industry and recovery.


Focussing on this emerging issue in within the travel industry and academic tourism research, this author explores crisis management approaches from scholars, governments and tourism associations around the world. A dedicated chapter also covers the impact of Covid-19 on tourism industries and economies across the world and well as how nations from around the world responded to the global pandemic outbreak.


The book is split by theme and features over 20 case studies, including 2020 Australian bush fires, 2019 Sri Lankan terror attack, SARS and Swine Flu, the collapse of Thomas Cook, the global and Greek financial crises and the threat to the Great Barrier Reef.


Discussion questions and activities are included at the end of each chapter.


Suitable reading for students on tourism and tourism crisis management modules.

Part 1
Chapter 1: The Development of a Contextual Approach to Tourism Crisis, Recovery, and Resilience
Chapter 2: Government and Travel Industry Approaches to Tourism Recovery
Chapter 3: UNPREPARED: The Global Tyranny of COVID-19: Paradigm Shifter and Disrupter of Global Tourism and Tourism Crisis Management
Part 2: Key Themes in Tourism Risk, Crisis, and Recovery
Chapter 4: Theme 1. Political Instability and Tourism
Chapter 5: Theme 2. Destination Recovery from Terrorist Attacks
Chapter 6: Theme 3. Natural Disasters
Chapter 7: Theme 4. Recovery from Medically Based Crisis Events
Chapter 8: Theme 5. Crime
Chapter 9: Theme 6. Economic Crises
Chapter 10: Theme 7. Technological Crises
Chapter 11: Theme 8. Recovery from Internal Management Failure
Chapter 12: Theme 9. Environmental Crises

If anyone among us holds the both the practical and academic experience to write about Tourism Crisis and Disaster Recovery, it is Dr David Beirman. Dr Beirman is our ‘go to’ colleague for the latest insight on previous and current crises and their likely implications for tourism. This is a much needed book that covers an extensive array of themes relevant to crisis and disaster recovery, many of which have been overlooked by the literature to date. This book will no doubt provide essential lessons for both practitioner, student and academic audiences.

Associate Professor Gabby Walters, University of Queensland

Dr David Beirman is a scholar and practitioner with an encyclopedic knowledge of the tourism industry. This timely book provides key insights into the many challenges facing the industry, not just from COVID-19 but across topics that are essential reading for students, tourism managers and those in government agencies tasked with safety and security at destinations around the world.

Professor Jeff Wilks, Adjunct Professor, Griffith Health

David Beirman is undoubtedly one of the worlds most knowledgeable and respected experts on Tourism Crisis and Resilience. His work to support destinations and the tourism industry in general prepare, navigate and recover from crisis continues to provide immeasurable benefits to all who seek his assistance. 

Chris Flynn, CEO, World Tourism Association for Culture & Heritage

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