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Dear Colleagues:


Please find a CFP for a special issue by the Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism on a very important issue


Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism

Call for Papers

Special Issue: The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Hospitality & Tourism industry: Mental health and Well-being Perspectives


Special Issue Editors:


Hiran Roy, PhD. Lecturer, International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Email: [log in to unmask]


Anisur R. Faroque, PhD. Lecturer, School of Business and Management. LUT University, Lappeenranta, Finland. Email: [log in to unmask]


Vikas Gupta, PhD. Assistant Professor, School of Hospitality, Amity University, Sector-125, Noida, U.P., India. Email: [log in to unmask]



The emergence of new infectious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), commonly known as COVID-19 poses a great danger to human life. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Since then, this pandemic has considerably impacted many people’s lives across the globe. As a result, many countries around the world went into lockdown, adopted social distancing, closure of academic institutions, non-essential businesses, and workplaces to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (e.g., Daly et al., 2020; Gössling, Scott, & Hall, 2020; Roy et al., 2020). Although lockdown reduces the spread of COVID-19, in most countries (e.g., United States, Canada, and Australia) there are concerns about the COVID-19 effects upon mental health causing extreme stress (Charityvillage, 2021; SmartCompany, 2020), which is widespread, and uncontrollable compared to stress experienced in everyday life (Main et al., 2011). In addition to immediate effects on the economy and labor markets (Anger et al., 2020; Möhring et al., 2020; Naumann et al., 2020), COVID-19 pandemic has a psychological dimension, as it can be associated with declines in key facets of people’s subjective well-being (Zacher & Rudolph, 2020). Therefore, this new epidemic can cause enormous damage to countries, businesses, and individuals on different levels.


The impact of the pandemic on business organizations is unprecedented. Business organizations in all sectors (including hospitality and tourism businesses) are increasingly worried about the mental health and well-being issues of their employees presented by escalating COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health and wellbeing are a huge concern especially for the employees in the hospitality and tourism industry. Employees in this industry experience psychological burdens and extreme stress due to the nature of the contact that occurs in the process of serving customers in new epidemics such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 (Yu et al., 2021). Many previous empirical researches have suggested various causes of stress perceived by hospitality and tourism industry employees (Hon et al., 2013; Karatepe et al., 2018; Kim et al., 2015); however, mental health and subjective well-being impacted by COVID-19 pandemic in the hospitality and tourism industry is yet to be examined.  Thus, the purpose of this special issue is to examine the impact of COVID-19 global pandemic on various stakeholders (e.g., employees and employers) in the hospitality and tourism industry and their mental health and well-being and draw the attention to the socio- psychological, physical, and technological changes that are currently reshaping the hospitality and tourism sector.


Submissions related to the following topics are particularly welcome. Submission should be original works. Both empirical and conceptual papers are welcome, and any methodology can be considered as long as the research is rigorous. Topics/themes of interest of the special issue include, but are not limited to:


Submission Instructions


Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to contact the special issue guest editors regarding potential topics of interest or any questions/suggestions regarding the special issue. Abstracts with references (up to 550 words including keywords as MS word attachment file) can be submitted directly to the guest editors via email by April 15, 2021 at [log in to unmask] (Hiran Roy),  [log in to unmask] (Anisur Faroque), and [log in to unmask] (Vikas Gupta). Abstracts should include the title, authorship, author affiliation(s) and contact information (including the email addresses of all authors) and keywords (maximum five). The abstracts will be reviewed by all guest editors, and those that make significant contributions and fit with the theme of the special issue will be invited by May 15, 2021 for full paper submission. Based on reviewers’ recommendations, the Editor-in-chief along with the guest editors will make the decision for acceptance, revision or rejection. Full papers must be submitted online by August 15, 2021. Instructions for authors of the Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism can be found at:



Abstracts submissions: April 15, 2021                                    

Abstract decisions: May 15, 2021

Full paper submissions: August 15, 2021

Initial Review Report: October 31, 2021

Revisions: December 15, 2021

Final decision by Special Issue Editors: January 15, 2022

Publication: Spring-Summer 2022


Kind regards,


Anisur R. Faroque

PhD.(International Business & Entrepreneurship)

Post-doctoral Researcher, International Marketing

School of Business and Management

LUT University

P.O.Box 20

FI-53851 Lappeenranta


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+358 504 330 652


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