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 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
Source Amount
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

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Riley, Brian R.
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
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

Funding

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
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
15 Jul 2024 218,835.03

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
TA Implementation Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
TA Monitoring and Validation Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Tourism Specialist (Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan) Individual - Consulting Closed
Tourism Specialist (Cambodia and Maldives) Individual - Consulting Closed
Health Security Expert for Cambodia and Maldives Individual - Consulting Closed
Risk Assessment Specialist or Epidemiologist for Cambodia and Maldives Individual - Consulting Closed
Health Security Expert for Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Risk Assessment Specialist or Epidemiologist for Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan Individual - Consulting Closed
TA Implementation Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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