Sustainable Tourism After COVID-19: Insights and Recommendations for Asia and the Pacific


Asia and the Pacific saw tourism arrivals plunge 84% in 2020 compared to 2019 in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, making it the worst affected region in the world.

Now, host communities, national governments, and tourism operators have started to examine how to rebuild the sector to make it more resilient to shocks and with greater respect for ecological boundaries. Tourists themselves have developed a new appreciation for the importance of ensuring that tourism is sustainable and beneficial for all stakeholders.

This publication examines tourism in Asia and the Pacific and to best reset the sector to contribute more effectively to the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Pre-COVID-19: Tourism and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
  • COVID-19 Impacts and Responses in Asia and the Pacific
  • Expert Insights
  • Future Pathways and Opportunities
  • Recommendations for Decision-Makers

Published December 2021.
Source: Asian Development Bank

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