Policies and Practices to Foster Sustainable Tourism after COVID-19

Event: ADB's Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS 2022): Sustainable Solutions for Southeast Asia’s Recovery

Policies and Practices to Foster Sustainable Tourism after COVID-19

16 March 2022
Author / Speaker: 
Steven Schipani, ADB - Other materials by the author
Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Pacific Asia Travel Association - Other materials by the author
Chompan Kulnides, The Minor Group (Thailand) - Other materials by the author
Montira Horayangura Unakul, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization - Other materials by the author
Susanne Becken, Griffith University, Australia - Other materials by the author

The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed decades of robust tourism growth in Southeast Asia, causing widespread business closures and millions of job losses. Consequently, progress toward several Sustainable Development Goals has been derailed in tourism-dependent destinations. Women, youth, and disadvantaged groups are suffering disproportionally.

In this session at the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) third Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS), experts highlighted innovative examples of how to shift to more sustainable tourism.

The session, "Policies and Practices to Foster Sustainable Tourism after COVID-19," was organized by ADB and the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

For insights on solutions helping Southeast Asian countries address development challenges, visit ADB SEADS: https://seads.adb.org.

Moderator: Steven Schipani, Principal Tourism Industry Specialist, Southeast Asia Department, ADB


  • Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director, Macao Government Tourism Office
  • Chompan Kulnides, Head of Sustainability, Minor International PCL
  • Montira Horayangura Unakul, Cultural Heritage Specialist, UNESCO
  • Susanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism, Griffith University, Australia

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