The processes of globalisation and time-space compression, driven mainly by the neoliberal agenda and the advancement of various space-shrinking technologies, have markedly re-shaped the world over the last 75 years in an almost unchallenged manner. Amongst the most significant outcomes of these processes have been the popularisation of international travel and the accompanying global expansion of the tourism industry. As the first major force ever to effectively stop (or even reverse) globalisation and time-space compression, the COVID-19 outbreak has also put on hold the whole travel and tourism industry. In this respect, the tourism as we knew it just a few months ago has ceased to exist. Although the price the world is paying for this is enormous, the temporary processes of de-globalisation offer the tourism industry an unprecedented opportunity for a re-boot – an unrepeatable chance to re-develop in line with the tenets of sustainability and to do away with various ‘dark sides’ of tourism’s growth such as environmental degradation, economic exploitation or overcrowding. However, the path of re-development and transformation which the global tourism production system will follow once the COVID-19 crisis has been resolved is yet to be determined.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Tourism Geographies on 5 May 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14616688.2020.1757749

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Niewiadomski, P. 2021, 'COVID-19: from temporary de-globalisation to a re-discovery of tourism?', Tourism Geographies, 22(3), pp. 651-656. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2020.1757749

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