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“TOURISM IN A PANDEMIC: IMPACT, PROSPECTS AND POLICIES”

Date:

06/10/2021


“TOURISM IN A PANDEMIC: IMPACT, PROSPECTS AND POLICIES”

"TOURISM IN A PANDEMIC: IMPACT, PROSPECTS AND POLICIES", the Italian initiative for a webinar organised by the OECD on the role of tourism in the post-pandemic phase of the economic recovery, was warmly supported by all participants in view of the vast interest that the sector holds also in terms of employment and opportunities for a more sustainable recovery. The first formal meeting of the Ambassadors' Group on Culture, Tourism and Creative Industries was held today. The aim of the meeting was to analyse the impact of the pandemic on the sector and its future prospects. Ambassador Bernardini, in his capacity as Chairman and moderator of the Group, briefly illustrated some data on the sector in Italy, recalling the importance of proposing a vision for the recovery and transformation of tourism, in line with the priorities of the Italian Presidency, as set out in the G20 Ministerial Meeting, whose objectives are contained in the Rome G20 guidelines for the future of tourism: Safe Mobility, Crisis Management, Resilience, Inclusion, Green Transformation, Digital Transition, Investment and Infrastructure. Thanks also to international safe mobility initiatives (the green digital certificate just approved at European level and the Spanish initiative on guidelines for safe international mobility, successfully negotiated and adopted in a very short time by the OECD MCM in recent weeks), tourism is showing timid signs of recovery, especially in those countries that have recorded a good performance of vaccination campaigns. He concluded by acknowledging the important role played by the OECD, and more specifically the Tourism Committee, in providing analyses and sector studies that foster mutual learning, support the exchange of good policy practices, and provide guidance on business policies.


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