Mental health and well-being in tourism scholarship: a Horizon 2050 paper

Ermias Kifle Gedecho, Seongseop (Sam) Kim

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Purpose: This study aims to assess extant research streams to delineate new research directions for tourism stakeholders’ mental health and well-being. Design/methodology/approach: A comprehensive review of the literature on various topics related to mental health, well-being, memorable experiences, emotions, community well-being, wellness tourism and sustainable development was conducted. Findings: Several research directions for different research subjects were identified: tourists employees, and the community. For tourists, the research topics included mental health, well-being, memorable experiences and wellness tourism. For research on employees, the focus included their mental health, psychological well-being and negative emotions. In studying the role of tourism in community mental health and well-being, research has explored community well-being and emotional solidarity and used a capital approach. This study discusses several new research directions based on past research trends, global trends and other relevant factors. Originality/value: This conceptual study can help understand the new holistic research landscape of mental health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTourism Review
Early online date4 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • Community well-being
  • Memorable experience
  • Mental health
  • Sustainability
  • Well-being
  • Wellness tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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