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Saturday 18 September 2021

Asian tourism gearing up for post-Covid re-start

Industry leaders across the Asia Pacific region are planning a co-ordinated re-start of tourism across the region.

During this week's 33rd joint meeting of the World Tourism Organization's Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and its Commission for South Asia, tourism ministers and other stakeholders discussed the challenges ahead and the impact of the pandemic.

The region was the first to be affected and remains the hardest hit with UNWTO data also showing that Asia continues to have the largest proportion of destinations closed to tourists.

The region experienced a 95% fall in international arrivals in the first five months of 2021.

Member states focused on the co-ordination of policy measures to get tourism activities up and running again.

They will also work on a co-ordinated phased lifting on travel restrictions and the implementation of travel corridors.

Post-pandemic, they agreed to develop programs for upgrading the skills of the tourism labour force and digital transformation.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: "The Asia and Pacific region has a proven record as a dynamic tourism destination. With the right policy measures and strong coordination, destinations can start safely welcoming back international visitors."

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