4th Future Tourism Leaders Workshop: Sustainable Tourism in the Post-COVID World

UNWTO RSOAP successfully completes the fourth workshop for tourism leaders across Asia

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  • Date:   March 8 to 9, 2023
  • Place:          Online (Youtube and Zoom)
  • Theme:       Sustainable Tourism in the Post-COVID World
  • Number of participants :
    • March 8th symposium – 150 views
    • 8th Workshop – 22 students
    • 9th Workshop – 22 students
    • Presentation – 51 viewers

The 4th version of the workshop was co-organized by the UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNWTO RSOAP) with the Kyoto University for Foreign Studies (KUFS) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the theme: Sustainable Tourism in the Post-COVID World. The lectures focused on insights into the future of tourism and its contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the effects of tourism in the community, and the value of virtual tours that ties strong storytelling with immersive technology.  

Together with the UNWTO RSOAP, KUFS, and JICA, participating universities in the Heritage Tourism Research Project (HTRP) also presented their case studies on the effects of COVID-19 on communities and festivals:

Watch the March 8 Symposium here.
  • RSOAP: Overview of International Tourism
  • JICA : JICA’s Initiative on Sustainable Tourism
  • Chiang Mai University: Festival Tourism in Thailand and the Question of Sustainability: The Case from the Festival of Lights (Loy Krathong)
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada: Pancoh: Ecotourism Village Resilience in the Post-Pandemic Era
  • Hanoi University: Impact of COVID-19 on traditional culture: A story of Tet celebration in Vietnam
  • Kyoto University of Foreign Studies: Community Engagement as a Form of Sustainable Tourism: Student Experiences and Community Responses
  • University of Science Malaysia: Survival of Micro Business and Tour Guides in Post-covid World: Case of George Town Penang and Perhentian Island Malaysia

This year’s workshop also had a session on creating virtual tours through the MyHometown Platform led by Professor Eric Hawkinson from the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. The workshop sessions allowed participants to build virtual tours of a destination from their hometowns in China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Overall positive feedback from the students who participated in the certificate course programs will be used to design the next Future Tourism Leaders Workshop program.

Stay updated through the UNWTO RSOAP webpage for updates on the next Future Tourism Leaders Workshop!

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