Tourism after Corona: Impacts of Covid 19 Pandemic and Way Forward for Tourism, Hotel and Mice Industry in Sri Lanka

19 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2020

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Ruwan Ranasinghe

Uva Wellassa University - Department of Tourism Studies

Anupama Damunupola

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka

Shamila Wijesundara

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka

Chandi Karunarathna

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka

Dhananjaya Nawarathna

Uva Wellassa University - Department of Tourism Studies

Sammani Gamage

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka

Amaya Ranaweera

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka

Ali Abdulla Idroos

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka

Date Written: April 22, 2020

Abstract

The global pandemic of novel Corona has not only brought entire socio-economic structures in to a standstill but has challenged the globalization and global operations of enterprises. Paradoxically, potential repercussions and alternative way outs are yet volatile. However, for a speedy recovery and regain of the economy, employment and business functions a sustainable and fresh beginning is necessary in most of the worsened economic sectors. Conventionally, an infection used to attack the vulnerable groups with food, health care insecurity in their lifestyle and they normally used to be the poor of the society. Ironically, novel Corona infection first attacked the international travellers and the pandemic was caused through the travel and thus has confronted mainly the affluent social class globally. Since, tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing industries globally; it is expected to play a significant role in regaining the socio-economic stability after Covid 19 pandemic. It is a key contributor to the Island economies and one of the most important industries that generates much needed foreign currency in Sri Lankan economy. Long suffered tourism industry of the Island was last hit tough by the Easter bomb blasts took place at several places including luxury hotels in the country. Tourism is at halt in the country with the threat of finding the first Sri Lankan national tested positive for COVID-19 who was a local patient on 10th March, 2020.

Keywords: tourism in Sri Lanka, novel corona pandemic, global tourism industry, hotel industry

JEL Classification: M40, M41

Suggested Citation

Ranasinghe, Ruwan and Damunupola, Anupama and Wijesundara, Shamila and Karunarathna, Chandi and Nawarathna, Dhananjaya and Gamage, Sammani and Ranaweera, Amaya and Idroos, Ali Abdulla, Tourism after Corona: Impacts of Covid 19 Pandemic and Way Forward for Tourism, Hotel and Mice Industry in Sri Lanka (April 22, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3587170 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3587170

Ruwan Ranasinghe (Contact Author)

Uva Wellassa University - Department of Tourism Studies ( email )

Sri Lanka

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Anupama Damunupola

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka ( email )

Passara Road
Badulla, Uva 90000
Sri Lanka

Shamila Wijesundara

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka ( email )

Passara Road
Badulla, Uva 90000
Sri Lanka

Chandi Karunarathna

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka ( email )

Passara Road
Badulla, Uva 90000
Sri Lanka

Dhananjaya Nawarathna

Uva Wellassa University - Department of Tourism Studies ( email )

Sri Lanka

Sammani Gamage

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka ( email )

Passara Road
Badulla, Uva 90000
Sri Lanka

Amaya Ranaweera

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka ( email )

Passara Road
Badulla, Uva 90000
Sri Lanka

Ali Abdulla Idroos

Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka ( email )

Passara Road
Badulla, Uva 90000
Sri Lanka

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