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| 17 November 2021

PSDI Tourism Expert addresses the ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum on post-pandemic recovery

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PSDI Tourism Expert Dr Sara Currie on November 17 addressed the ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2021, participating in a panel on sustainable tourism in the post-pandemic recovery period.

Dr Currie outlined the challenges for ADB’s 14 Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) as they reopen to tourists, including the need to implement sufficient COVID-19 health protocols.

She said an initial focus on bilateral “travel bubbles” in the Pacific had given way to a broader focus on arrivals’ vaccination status in tourism-dependent economies.

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Dr Currie updated the forum on PSDI’s publication of a regional tourism assessment, "Looking Forward Vol. 1: Evaluating the Challenges for Pacific tourism after COVID-19", as well as 14 country tourism snapshots. The publications survey the state of each DMC’s tourism sector pre-pandemic, assess the damage done by border closures, and look ahead to the resumption of visitor arrivals.

Dr Currie said a regional post-pandemic focus on cooperation and resource sharing over competition for arrivals could help DMCs recover faster and more sustainably.

She also outlined PSDI’s plans to support DMCs as tourists returnincluding through the formation of a regional framework for the reopening of international travel.