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Emily Pyne



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Emily Pyne, HTR318: Cultural Tourism
Faculty Mentor(s): Professor Kathleen O'Brien, Hospitality and Tourism

Throughout the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have suffered due to their economic reliance on tourism funds. As a result of the global shutdown and closing of borders, countries in which tourism is the chief income source have taken a direct hit. I focus my research on the effects of airport shutdowns in Aruba, the Bahamas, Maldives, and Belize. Each of these countries rely on tourism as the main source of revenue. I research the economic state of the countries directly before the pandemic compared to the current state, and speak to resorts or citizens who have been directly affected. My preliminary findings show a stark contrast in pre-pandemic vs. post-pandemic that I believe the final results will confirm.

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Empty Airports: Are Tourism Economies Ready for Take-off?
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