Tourism research after the COVID-19 outbreak: Insights for more sustainable, local and smart cities
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Tourism industryCo-word analysisCOVID-19Smart citiesSustainable citiesLocal development
L.-A. Casado-Aranda et al. Tourism research after the COVID-19 outbreak: Insights for more sustainable, local and smart cities. Sustainable Cities and Society 73 (2021) 103126. [ https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.103126]
SponsorshipJunta de Andalusia B-SEJ-220-UGR18; Fundacion Ramon Areces CISP18A6208; Universidad de Granada/CBUA
This paper presents the results of a bibliometric analysis of academic research dealing with COVID-19 in the area of city destination development from 1 December 2019 to 31 March 2021. Particularly, by means of SciMAT software, it identifies, quantifies, and visually displays the main research clusters, thematic structure and emerging trends that city and tourism planners will face in the new normal. The search revealed that social media and smart tourism are the themes with the greatest potential; sustainable cities, local destination development, changes in tourist behavior, and tourists’ risk perception are underdeveloped streams with enormous relevance and growth in the new normal. Research on the effects of COVID-19 on citizen health and its economic impact on the tourism industry and cities are intersectional and highly developed topics, although of little relevance. The current study also identifies the challenges of destination research for planners and proposes future research directions. Consequently, this paper contributes to the existing literature on COVID-19 and sustainable cities, as it develops a critical examination of the extant research and points out the research gaps that must be filled by future studies.