As the world emerges from COVID-19 what is the future of the tourism industry? When will the international tourism recover back to pre-pandemic level? A recent report published by ADB in November 2021 on tourism after COVID-19 emphasized that islands would not recover to 2019 levels until 2023 at the earliest (PSDI, 2021). What if this was not the case in which COVID-19 lingered on throughout the 2020s or the reports version of a sustainable future was not the future that occurred? Join this webinar to hear how such questions of uncertainty can be approached in decision making and policy development.
This webinar will present scenarios, assumptions and evaluations of challenges of the Pacific tourism after COVID-19 along with insights and recommendations on sustainable tourism and perspectives from the industry. It will present latest ADB publications on the topic, and aims to highlight the importance of scenario planning and futures thinking and foresight to demonstrate its application in policy and decision-making process.
How to register
Register in advance on Zoom. This webinar is open to public.
- Opening remarks by Ashish Narain, Principal Economist, Social Sectors and Public Sector Management Division, Pacific Department, ADB
- Panel presentations moderated by Susann Roth, Advisor and Chief of Knowledge Management, Knowledge Advisory Services Center, ADB
- Looking Forward Vol. 1. Evaluating the Challenges for the Pacific Tourism After COVID-19 (Nov 2021) by Sara Currie, Tourism Specialist, Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI)
- Policy brief on "Does Tourism Have a Future in the Pacific Islands?" by Dr. Ian Yeoman, Associate Professor of Tourism Futures, Victoria University of Wellington
- Sustainable Tourism After COVID-19: Insights and Recommendations for the Pacific (Dec 2021) by Johanna Loehr, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Griffith University
- Perspectives from the Private Sector on the Future of Tourism in the Pacific and basis for investment decisions by Mr. Chris Cocker, CEO, the Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO)
- Q&A and discussion
- Closing by Bayarmaa Amarjargal, Knowledge Management Specialist, Knowledge Advisory Services Center, ADB
Event organizers / partners
- ADB Futures Club
- ADB Pacific Department
- Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington