Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Tourism: Perceptions from Bangladesh

10 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2020 Last revised: 22 Aug 2021

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Santus Kumar Deb, PhD

Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Dhaka

Shohel Md. Nafi

Noakhali Science and Technology University

Date Written: June 22, 2020

Abstract

The study aim is to measure the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism industry in Bangladesh. This review utilized journals, historical records, newspaper articles, World Health Organization statistics, governmental data, and website materials on COVID-19 incidences in tourism. Secondary research was adopted in which secondary data were collected through a comprehensive literature review. The COVID-19 outbreak has significantly affected global travel and tourism. Bangladesh has also experienced an adverse impact on inbound and outbound tourism. International and domestic tourists have cancelled bookings in Bangladesh, and outbound tourism activities have also been banned. Airlines have cancelled flights, while hotels are almost completely vacant, and as a result, supporting tourism agencies are facing huge economic losses and employment cuts in Bangladesh. The amplification of COVD-19 is predicted to cause a long-term adverse impact on tourism in Bangladesh. The government of Bangladesh has declared an incentive package for early economic recovery that is needed for businesses to survive the pandemic. This review provides a theoretical cognitive model and literature on tourism for a better understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and may also guide future studies in addressing challenges for the tourism industry.

Keywords: Covid-19, Economic shock, Tourism, Pandemic, Bangladesh

Suggested Citation

Deb, Santus Kumar and Nafi, Shohel Md., Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Tourism: Perceptions from Bangladesh (June 22, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3632798 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3632798

Santus Kumar Deb

Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Dhaka ( email )

MBA Bhaban, Faculty Of Business Studies
Dhaka, 1000
Bangladesh

Shohel Md. Nafi (Contact Author)

Noakhali Science and Technology University ( email )

Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Noahkhali
Bangladesh

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