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| 1 December 2021

PSDI Tourism Expert addresses regional research symposium

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A regional, standardized approach to tourism data collection in the Pacific is crucial for evidence-based planning in the post-COVID-19 reopening period, PSDI’s Tourism Expert has told a tourism research symposium.

PSDI Tourism Expert Sara Currie on November 30 addressed the Pacific Islands Tourism Research Symposium 2021, organized by the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), and outlined how PSDI is working to promote sustainable, private sector-led growth in the region’s tourism sector.

Dr Currie reiterated PSDI’s support for improved, reliable data collection and evidence-based planning as travelers return to the Pacific. This includes the proposed establishment of a regional tourism reopening framework and the development of a consistent, regional data collection toolkit.

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Dr Currie stated PSDI was also keen to support the implementation of the Pacific Tourism Statistics Strategy 2021-2030.

We very much believe a regional, standardized approach to tourism data collection across the Pacific would really support evidence-based planning,” Dr Currie said.

Dr Currie also updated the symposium on the recent publication of PSDI’s regional tourism assessment "Looking Forward Vol. 1: Evaluating the Challenges for Pacific tourism after COVID-19", and 14 country tourism sector snapshots. She said the prioritization of Pacific resource sharing and cooperation in the post-COVID-19 environment was crucial for sector recovery.

The following day, Dr Currie moderated a panel on Pacific tourism research and development barriers, discussing opportunities for development partners to contribute to research and data collection.

The panel, also attended by the SPTO, Pacific national tourism office representatives, academics, and data experts, emphasized the importance of Pacific community perspectives in research and data collection approaches.