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The labour consequences of Covid-19: migrant workers in tourism and hospitality.

Janta, H. and Ladkin, A., 2023. The labour consequences of Covid-19: migrant workers in tourism and hospitality. Tourism Review. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1108/TR-02-2023-0064


Purpose: This paper aims to examine the consequences of Covid-19 for the migrants and the tourism industry following the emergence of the new business models and operational practices in the following three areas: i) Covid-19 and post-Covid-19 labour shortages, ii) the development of migrant gig jobs and iii) future trends. Design/methodology/approach: Covid-19 posed challenges for labour retention and has given rise to new outsourced and precarious forms of employment. The growth of various tourism-related apps and establishments, such as “ghost kitchens” or pop-up restaurants, has transformed the landscape of tourism work and opportunities. This short paper provides an overview of the labour consequences of Covid-19, focusing on migrant tourism workers. Findings: Despite growing attention towards promoting sustainable, just and decent employment, global trends and changing industrial relations in the sector have led to heightened levels of precariousness and uncertainty in migrants’ work. Originality/value: This paper contributes to the literature on tourism employment by examining the forms of new business models and operational practices that affect migrant labour.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Tourism work; Migrant workers; Covid-19; Platform work; Gig workers; Precarity
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:38968
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 Sep 2023 12:50
Last Modified:08 Sep 2023 12:50


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