The COVID-19 pandemic has not only caused a global health emergency but also triggered a global economic slowdown, with the tourism sector being one of the hardest-hit of the outbreak. The tourism industry is recognized to be a vital contributor to job creation and economic growth. However, the travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively affected millions of people, particularly those who rely their livelihoods on tourism. The closures of travel destinations both locally and internationally have also impacted small and medium sized enterprises, which composed of about 80 percent of the tourism sector. In the Philippines, the tourism sector contributes to 12.7 percent of the economy as measured by the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The industry generated 5.71 million jobs in 2019 and employed 14 out of 100 Filipinos. It also helps in poverty alleviation and environmental protection through tourism revenues, making the tourism sector a key driver of inclusive and environmentally sustainable development.
By the end of the event, participants will be able to:
- Explain the socio-economic impact and implications of COVID-19 to the tourism sector;
- Discuss the steps being taken to mitigate the effects of the pandemic to the sector and its stakeholders;
- Explore possible strategies to support the responsible recovery of the industry and sustainability of tourism
This event is comprised of presentations with experts, followed by a Q&A session.
Government officials and professionals interested in the areas of tourism, urban planning and development.