| 24 February 2022

PSDI Tourism Expert addresses ADB Tourism Futures webinar

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COVID-19 has emphasized the importance of tourism sector resilience and diversification as the Pacific gears up for international travel’s return, PSDI’s Tourism Expert has told an Asian Development Bank (ADB) webinar.

On 24 February, PSDI Tourism Expert Sara Currie addressed the ADB’s “Does Tourism have a Future in the Pacific?” webinar, organized in partnership with New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington.

Dr Currie outlined the challenges for ADB’s 14 Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) as they reopen to travelers, and the “compounding” difficulties associated with implementing tourist health and safety protocols.

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Dr Currie also outlined the key findings from PSDI’s regional tourism assessment, Looking Forward Vol. 1: Evaluating the Challenges for Pacific tourism after COVID-19, and 14 country tourism snapshots. 

Dr Currie said the report looked at five areas for “building back better” post-COVID-19: enabling sustainable private sector-led tourism, building industry resilience, boosting evidence-based planning, enhancing sustainability initiatives, and encouraging a regional tourism approach centered on cooperation.

“Pacific island countries will need to balance economic advancement after two years of being closed with sustainability and resilience planning,” Dr Currie said.