Title: Asymmetries between the Global North and South in leisure practices: vaccine tourism reconsidered

Authors: Maximiliano E. Korstanje

Addresses: Department of Economics, School of Business, University of Palermo, Buenos Aires, 1414, Argentina

Abstract: Over years, scholars have focused on travel behaviour and leisure practices worldwide. The advance of applied research, anyway, overlooks the fact that there are considerable asymmetries in leisure practices between the Global North and the peripheral South. These inequalities were mainly crystallised in the COVID-19 pandemic, a founding event that accelerated a global crisis in the health system. Thousand of peripheral tourists, coming from countries with low access to vaccination, flied to the North in quest of vaccines. The present paper explores not only the dilemmas of Argentinian tourists who travelled abroad to be inoculated, but also the contradictions and conflicts with Argentinian governments who imposed several restrictions to their return. As a result of this, many compatriots have been stranded abroad without food, assistance and lodging.

Keywords: leisure practices; consumption; asymmetries; COVID-19 pandemic; stranded abroad; travel ban; mobilities; geography; lockdown.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTA.2022.128052

International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 2022 Vol.9 No.1, pp.40 - 51

Received: 19 Sep 2021
Received in revised form: 02 Sep 2022
Accepted: 03 Sep 2022

Published online: 04 Jan 2023 *

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