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29 October, 2021
Tourism in the Post-Covid Era
Convened under the theme “Tourism in the Post-COVID Era”, the forum will bring in speakers from the participating countries to envision the tourism sector in the post-COVID era, as well as efforts and norms building needed by the tourism industry to recover. The forum will be held virtually on Friday, 29 October 2021, 15.00 – 17.00 NZT.
Tourism is one of the sectors that are hardly hit by border closures due to COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 pandemic has brought tourism industry to a virtual standstill. That is taking a toll on national economies and people’s livelihoods, particularly tor the Pacific islands countries which rely heavily on tourism.
After more than 18 months of living in pandemic, the world has no other choice but to evolve and learn to live alongside COVID. Hence, tourism industry will not be the same as it was before COVID. Based on the research done by Asian Development Bank (ADB), to bounce back the tourism in Asia and the Pacific, the travel industry needs to adapt to this new normal and put in place structures for a post-COVID-19 future. Therefore, countries need to calculate the way forward and calls for innovation to adapt with this unforeseen situation.
Travel bubbles, green lanes, and other forms of travel corridors have been introduced by various countries in their attempt to revive economic activities. During the first semester of 2021, New Zealand is launching its travel bubbles with Australia and Cook Islands. This can be constituted as the stepping stone for a greater Pacific travel corridors, deemed to be the best way to start that is within the horizon.
Parallel with the global effort of vaccines roll out, the borders are expected to be relaxed on starting early 2022. However, certain procedures and protocols still need to be implemented in the tourism destination. Furthermore, the existing global coordination regarding vaccines passport could also be seen as an opportunity to resurrect the tourism business.
In 2020, the UN World Tourism Organization launched seven priorities for tourism recovery, namely: (i) provide liquidity and protect jobs, (ii) recover confidence through safety & security, (iii) public-private collaboration for an efficient reopening, (iv) open borders with responsibility, (v) harmonize and coordinate protocols & procedures, (vi) added value jobs through new technologies, (vii) innovation and sustainability as the new normal.
Therefore, in this forum, Ministers responsible for tourism from Pacific Nations are expected to exchange experiences and views on policies designed to overcome the post pandemic ripple effect on tourism sector and how to build resilience in the post-COVID future.
Expected participants of this forum include Representatives of Tourism Authorities, Tourism Practitioners, Associations, Private Sectors, Experts and Academicians.