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COVID-19 and Africa's aviation and tourism sectors: A new agenda for the future?

Ayiine-Etigo, D, Amankwah-Amoah, J. (2021) COVID-19 and Africa's aviation and tourism sectors: A new agenda for the future? Tourism Management Perspectives, 39 . Article Number 100840. ISSN 2211-9736. (doi:10.1016/j.tmp.2021.100840) (KAR id:88527)


Although the impact of COVID-19 is inordinately enormous, there remains a lack of attention to the new governance architecture, the African Union High-Level Task Force (AU-HLTF), in Africa's aviation and tourism sectors in its wake, which this paper primarily examines. We foregrounded governance themes of political economy within the African Union High-Level Task Force (AU-HLTF) through secondary data, observing 90 key industry leaders and 10 purposively sampled semi-structured interviews. We found the insignificant priority in tourism restart via LCCs first, the incongruent holistic relationship between the restart of the aviation and tourism sectors. Secondly, the historical-geographical material relationships within the new governance framework. Thirdly, the AU-HLTF intervention is actor-biased towards the aviation sector and rooted in path dependency. A hierarchical-mixed market governing typology we propose by arguing is a steering mechanism of public sector reform that alternatively reboots a balanced path towards sustainability by prioritizing intra-tourism promoted by low-cost carriers.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.tmp.2021.100840
Uncontrolled keywords: Africa, political economy, governance, restart, intra-tourism, low-cost carriers, and sustainable tourism
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Depositing User: Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2021 11:24 UTC
Last Modified: 31 May 2023 23:00 UTC
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