As Asia and Pacific Opens Up, Leaders Look to Innovative and Resilient Tourism

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The 34th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia (34th CAP-CSA) was successfully concluded in Maldives on June 15, 2022. The meeting was the first in-person gathering of the CAP- CSA for two years and brought together representatives of 19 Member States, as well as from UNWTO’s network of Affiliate Members. 

The Commission session have gathered tourism leaders from across Asia and the Pacific to highlight the need for innovation and resilience-building at the heart of the sector’s restart and sustainable future. Recognizing the vulnerabilities exposed by the pandemic, discussions explored ways in which new technology and new ideas can help better protect tourism against shocks including future pandemics as well as extreme weather events.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili provided an overview of tourism trends and statistics, both for the region and globally, followed by an update on the Organization’s work in the months since the previous Joint Commission meeting (hosted virtually by Spain in 2021).

Concluding the joint meeting, Member States voted to hold the next gathering in Cambodia on the first semester of 2023.

More insights from the 2022 Joint Commission Meeting can be found here:

THE 34TH JOINT MEETING OF THE UNWTO COMMISSION FOR EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC & THE UNWTO COMMISSION FOR SOUTH ASIA (34TH CAP-CSA)

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