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Impact of Covid-19 on tourism-based livelihood of people in Small Island Developing Nation: Case study of A & N Islands, India

Version 1 : Received: 7 January 2021 / Approved: 8 January 2021 / Online: 8 January 2021 (14:29:52 CET)

How to cite: Chand, S.; Bharati, A.; Bharaty, A.; I T, K. Impact of Covid-19 on tourism-based livelihood of people in Small Island Developing Nation: Case study of A & N Islands, India. Preprints 2021, 2021010167 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0167.v1). Chand, S.; Bharati, A.; Bharaty, A.; I T, K. Impact of Covid-19 on tourism-based livelihood of people in Small Island Developing Nation: Case study of A & N Islands, India. Preprints 2021, 2021010167 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0167.v1).

Abstract

In the past few decades, the tourism sector has emerged as a significant economic activity in island nations, particularly in tropical regions. However, most of the tropical islands face similar constraints. National and international tourists visit the SIDS including A & N Islands and contribute to the GDP to significant share. The Covid-19 outbreaks in SIDs including A & N islands shows that number of people infected were less as compared to metros or big cities. However, tourism activities completely stopped due to lockdown resulting in decreasing tourist’s arrival, declined GDP and per capita income of SIDs to greater extent. The information gathered from various sources, mass media and net analysed and interpreted in this chapter. Due to Covid-19 tourist’s arrival declined which has serious consequences on the livelihood of islander. Our analysis revealed A&N Islands deficit in energy available at from different sources by 18.26%. However, they are surplus in protein. The burden of high expenditure coupled with poor infrastructure makes them more vulnerable in the circumstance of pandemic outbreaks. This outbreak has created the question of survival due to loss of jobs, halted economic activates, psychological, health unrest and livelihood threats among the depending people of these Island nations. Therefore, government interventions and subsidized package is very much essential to revive the tourism industry.

Subject Areas

Island nations, Tourism, Small Island Nations, economic development, tropical islands

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