Regional : Strengthening Multisector Technical Capacity to Respond to COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific through Tourism

Sovereign Project | 54420-001

ADB will provide multisectoral solutions balancing public health interventions safeguarding people with restart of the tourism-related sectors. Mitigating health risks is a key step to restarting tourism and the economy. Based on DMCs' needs and requests, ADB identified three priority areas to address: (i) on the supply side, Multisectoral plans (covering health, transport, urban, tourism, economic research, and other relevant sectors) will be developed to reopen DMCs to tourists and create safer journeys for travelers. The TA will generate and provide travel and tourism sectors and regulatory authorities with knowledge of international good or best practices.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Riley, Brian R.
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Health
Project Name Strengthening Multisector Technical Capacity to Respond to COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific through Tourism
Project Number 54420-001
Country / Economy Regional
Cambodia
Kyrgyz Republic
Maldives
Tajikistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 10109-REG: Strengthening Multisector Technical Capacity to Respond to COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific through Tourism
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific US$ 2.00 million
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP4: Making cities more livable
OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector

Health / Disease control of communicable disease

Transport / Air transport

Gender Some gender elements
Description ADB will provide multisectoral solutions balancing public health interventions safeguarding people with restart of the tourism-related sectors. Mitigating health risks is a key step to restarting tourism and the economy. Based on DMCs' needs and requests, ADB identified three priority areas to address: (i) on the supply side, Multisectoral plans (covering health, transport, urban, tourism, economic research, and other relevant sectors) will be developed to reopen DMCs to tourists and create safer journeys for travelers. The TA will generate and provide travel and tourism sectors and regulatory authorities with knowledge of international good or best practices. It will help them make informed reforms and adjustment in policies, handling procedures, infrastructure configuration, communication with customers, and to improve the coordination and cooperation with counterparts across borders which are needed to tackle the issues in a comprehensive way; while (ii) on the 'demand side,' risk communications and engagement with travelers will be enhanced. The TA will assist the DMCs to equip travelers with proper travel advice and information in need, through establishing transparent systems to engage travelers and presenting risk assessments findings and providing clear messaging for pandemic response; and (iii) capacity strengthened to develop resilient and sustainable travel and tourism sectors, such as the use of high-level digital technology, training of travel, hospitality-related workforces, strengthening testing and contact tracing and fostering institutional reforms through lessons-sharing and peer learning.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Travel and tourism reopened with improved resilience and responsiveness in selected DMCs in Asia and the Pacific

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Capacities of selected DMCs to respond to outbreaks of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases in the travel and tourism industries improved

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Studies on travel and tourism reopening delivered

Capacity development programs on planning, monitoring, implementation, and coordination of the travel and tourism industries completed through training and studies.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Cambodia - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Riley, Brian R.
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDSC-HEA
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 03 Sep 2022
Fact Finding 14 Oct 2020 to 14 Oct 2020
MRM -
Approval 22 May 2023
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 May 2023

TA 10109-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 May 2023 - 22 May 2023 31 Jul 2026 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 30 May 2023 0.00

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