Vang Vieng, Lao PDR

Tourism: Respond, Restart and Recover

On June 24, the third Policy Actions for COVID-19 Economic Recovery (PACER) Dialogues on “Tourism: Respond, Restart and Recover” featured global good practice examples of effective tourism crisis recovery policies. Over 130 participants including 63 government officials from Southeast Asia and the People’s Republic of China participated in the Dialogue, sharing knowledge and country experiences and lessons on Travel and Tourism policies and measures taken to mitigate the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate recovery.

The third PACER Dialogue aimed to:

  • promote a better understanding of the options available for sequenced crisis management policies, considering different country situations and milestones, e.g. restarting operations, reaching recovery, and redesigning for the new normal;
  • disseminate global best practices and lessons on how the tourism sector could “bounce back better” from the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • provide a platform for policymakers and tourism practitioners to share knowledge and experience and collaboratively learn from each other.

Program and Learning Materials are as follow.

Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
3rd PACER Dialogue – Overview and Objectives Ramesh Subramaniam Director General, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
Tourism Response and Recovery: Rebuilding Economic and Social Benefits and Re-inspiring Travelers Confidence Travel & Tourism, Southeast Asia and COVID-19
Presentation on global good-practice examples of effective tourism crisis recovery policies using a phased approach for managing and mitigating…
Tiffany Misrahi
Panel of Experts Inputs/Reactions Building Travelers Confidence to Cross Borders Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Asia Travel Association
Effective Digital Marketing and Promotion post COVID-19 Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office
Open Discussion and Questions Ramesh Subramaniam (Moderator)
Synthesis and Summary Ramesh Subramaniam

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