The Australian hospitality response to the COVID-19 crisis

The Australian hospitality response to the COVID-19 crisis

Further inspirational examples of the hospitality response to the COVID-19 crisis. In late April, Equality in Tourism reported on the positive ways in which the hard-hit hospitality industry has stepped in to provide beds for those in need. In this article, our Associate Professor Shirley Randell shares information on similar initiatives in Australia. In Australia, many hotels had moved from 80 per cent occupancy rates to ‘single digit occupancies’ as a result of travel bans and other lockdown measures that…

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Why Gender Should Be at the Heart of COVID Recovery

Why Gender Should Be at the Heart of COVID Recovery

Why gender should be at the forefront of the Travel Foundation’s call to put communities at the centre of recovery from COVID-19. EiT Trustee Angela Kalisch expands on a recent op-ed piece by Jeremy Sampson of The Travel Foundation, elaborating on the organisation’s intention to firmly place communities at the heart of the recovery process from COVID-19. The tourism industry has been catapulted into a global emergency by COVID-19. After decades of stable growth, only temporarily interrupted by incidents of…

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New Article: Tourism, Water and Gender

New Article: Tourism, Water and Gender

A fantastic new article by our Director Stroma Cole has been just been published and is currently available online. It’s a true international joint effort, with input from Stroma’s Indonesian PhD student, Yesaya Sandang, and international literature reviews conducted by Ernest Cañada Mullor from Albasud (Spanish) and Ma Yue (Chinese). The article presents an international review of literature about tourism and water based on literature published in English, Chinese and Spanish. In total 182 items are included in the review…

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Partner Blog: What can women do in the face of the COVID tourism crisis?

Partner Blog: What can women do in the face of the COVID tourism crisis?

We’re sharing a recent blog from our friends at Gender Responsible Tourism (GRT). Iaia Pedemonte, Founder of the Gender Responsible Tourism Network (GRT) and author of a Guide for Free Women Travellers, spoke to four experts on ways of coping with the crisis. The latest GRT newsletter details some of the strategies they put forward and outlines additional tips and advice gleaned from webinars, articles and other sources consulted. Update your skills and re-balance gender roles at home: Paola Profeta,…

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Hospitality industry putting empty beds to good use during COVID crisis

Hospitality industry putting empty beds to good use during COVID crisis

Hotels in several countries have been called upon – and are stepping up – to provide refuge for women escaping violence. Lockdown measures confining vulnerable women and children in their homes with violent partners have led to a dramatic rise in reports of domestic violence across the world. In Hubei Province, where the virus first emerged, cases tripled in the space of one month. In France, there has been a 36% increases in cases reported to the police. Similar trends…

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Empowered Women, Moving Waters

Empowered Women, Moving Waters

A different perspective on empowerment in a tourism context — The following is a blog by Yeganeh Aghazamani, who graduated with a Ph.D. in Tourism Management from the Pennsylvania State University. For her doctoral dissertation Yeganeh conducted a field study in an Iranian tourism destination evaluating local women’s perceptions on empowerment. The below excerpt is taken from this dissertation, titled “Pathways to women’s empowerment in northern Iran” and her paper, titled “Women’s perceptions of empowerment in Ramsar: A tourism destination…

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