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Title: Reflecting on tourism and COVID-19 research
Authors: Filep, S 
King, B
McKercher, B
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Tourism recreation research, 2022, Ahead-of-print, p. 1-5,
Abstract: Reflection is a form of deep thinking that is evident in everyday lives – private and professional – and this article offers insights for key parties about reflecting on research outcomes to ensure enhanced tourism impacts post-pandemic. Using a hermeneutic perspective on reflection, the authors reflect on research outcomes since the pandemic began. Three types of reflection are deployed: anticipatory, active and recollective. While the ultimate effects of the pandemic remain uncertain, a scholarly rush to collect new data has been observed. Earlier research predictions seem unlikely to materialise. Taken collectively, the reflections suggest that researchers should slow down and allow for collection of more research data over extended time periods to generate stronger theoretical contributions. Scholars may apply anticipatory, active and recollective reflection to applicable research contexts. Documentation of the reflective process alerts practitioners to economic and social trends which may impact on global tourism post-pandemic.
Keywords: Tourism
Research knowledge
Publisher: Centre for Tourism Research & Development
Journal: Tourism recreation research 
ISSN: 0250-8281
EISSN: 2320-0308
DOI: 10.1080/02508281.2021.2023839
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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