PSDI Tourism Expert presents Pacific reopening framework to United Nations conference
The Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative’s (PSDI) tourism team has addressed a United Nations disaster risk reduction conference on its post-COVID-19 tourism reopening framework, Reopening Borders to Tourism in Pacific Island Countries: Key Lessons and Guidance.
PSDI Tourism Expert Sara Currie on 21 September 2022 presented at the Pacific Pavilion of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Brisbane. The conference is the main regional platform for promoting coordination and cooperation on disaster risk reduction, involving delegates from more than 40 countries.
Dr Currie outlined PSDI’s Reopening Borders to Tourism in Pacific Island Countries: Key Lessons and Guidance report, which features key lessons from countries that have reopened, or are advanced in their planning to permit international arrivals after the removal of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The report lists four priorities in the tourism reopening process: (i) public-private coordination in reopening planning; implementation; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning; (ii) border reopening policies and agreements; (iii) health and safety measures for COVID-19-safe tourism; and (iv) stakeholder communications.
PSDI Tourism Expert Sara Currie (second from right) at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
“It was about bringing together the key lessons, the lessons for the future, and trying to document those. As much as we want to believe there won't be another COVID-19, we know what it's like with disasters in the region,” Dr Currie said.
PSDI is an Asian Development Bank (ADB) technical assistance program undertaken in partnership with the governments of Australia and New Zealand. PSDI supports ADB's 14 Pacific developing member countries to improve the enabling environment for business and to achieve inclusive, private sector-led economic growth.