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COVID-19 Impacts and Recovery Strategies: The Case of the Hospitality Industry in Spain

Business Organization Department, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8599; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208599
Received: 10 September 2020 / Revised: 4 October 2020 / Accepted: 13 October 2020 / Published: 16 October 2020
The health crisis caused by the pandemic COVID-19 has been of such magnitude that the drop-off in economic and tourist activity in most countries is generating an economic crisis with consequences that are still difficult to measure. The present work analyses the origins and evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and reviews the literature related to the impacts and recovery strategies that were implemented in previous crisis situations affecting the hotel industry. In order to focus the study on one country, Spain was selected based on tourism indicators, the importance of tourism for this country and the importance of Spain as a leader in international tourist destinations. The influence of the pandemic on the Spanish tourism sector and, more specifically, on its hospitality industry is explored in depth. In addition, the main initiatives to support the tourism and hospitality sector that have been undertaken at the global, European and national levels are highlighted and, finally, the response and recovery strategies of the five largest Spanish hotel chains to guarantee a COVID-19-free stay in their facilities and to recover the accommodation activity are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: hotels; COVID-19; economic crisis; pandemics; response strategy; tourism; strategy management; health economics hotels; COVID-19; economic crisis; pandemics; response strategy; tourism; strategy management; health economics
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Rodríguez-Antón, J.M.; Alonso-Almeida, M.d.M. COVID-19 Impacts and Recovery Strategies: The Case of the Hospitality Industry in Spain. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8599. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208599

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Rodríguez-Antón JM, Alonso-Almeida MdM. COVID-19 Impacts and Recovery Strategies: The Case of the Hospitality Industry in Spain. Sustainability. 2020; 12(20):8599. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208599

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Rodríguez-Antón, José M., and María d.M. Alonso-Almeida 2020. "COVID-19 Impacts and Recovery Strategies: The Case of the Hospitality Industry in Spain" Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8599. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208599

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