“For the most part, there is an urgent economic need to begin the process of reopening borders. This requires a balance between maintaining public health and restarting tourism activity,” said PSDI tourism expert Sara Currie.
The Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) has launched a comprehensive tourism reopening framework for Pacific Island Countries (PICs), providing essential policy guidance as international tourists return in the post- COVID-19.
Reopening Borders to Tourism in Pacific Island Countries: Key Lessons and Guidance has been prepared for Pacific Island countries that are in the early stages of reopening their borders to international tourism, or yet to reopen.
“COVID-19 has been devastating for many Pacific Developing Member Countries (PDMs) of the Asian Development Bank (AfDB),” said PSDI tourism expert Sara Currie. “For the most part, there is an urgent economic need to begin the process of reopening borders. This requires a balance between maintaining public health and restarting tourism activity.
The framework presents key lessons from countries in the Pacific and around the world that have reopened or are advanced in their planning to allow international arrivals after the removal of travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
The four priorities defined in the framework are: (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) communications with stakeholders.
Dr Currie said that while the report provides guidance for Pacific island countries planning to reopen, it recognizes that approaches will need to be adapted to different national contexts. PSDI is ready to assist DMCs in the Pacific that have not yet reopened to international tourists.
“Pacific island countries are best placed to determine their own path forward,” said Dr Currie. “The priorities of the tourism reopening framework should be seen as prompts for reflection, discussion and decision-making.”
PSDI is an AfDB technical assistance program undertaken in partnership with the governments of Australia and New Zealand. PSDI supports AfDB’s 14 Pacific DMCs to improve the enabling business environment and achieve inclusive private sector-led economic growth.
The AfDB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while continuing its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Founded in 1966, it is owned by 68 members, including 49 from the region.
Source: press release
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