COVID 19 and sustainable tourism: Information resources and links


Covid canoe

It seems that everyone involved in the travel sector has been affected by the coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic.  There are an increasing number of interesting studies and articles and think-pieces that have been published on this topic.  Some of these share information on the impacts of our dramatically changed travel patterns on industry and destinations, some include suggestions of proactive approaches, and some provide market insights.

This is an evolving database of over 800 resources which quick-links to people looking for insights and ideas.  I hope this helps as we try to understand the implications of this massive global challenge, and move towards a better future.

I will add to this page over time, and please let me know if you have links that you think would be useful to add. For those re-visiting the page, newer resources are added to the top of each list.

Updated: 18 September 2020

Page contents

Would you like to help?Fundraising for tourism-related conservation and livelihoods initiatives affected by COVID-19
Section 1: Ideas to help resilience and recoveryPolicy and development responses
Guidance for the operation of tourism in the wake of COVID-19 
Funding and support
Resilience and recovery
Opinions and think pieces
Hotel, tour, destination and aviation responses
Top tips and best practices
Collections of resources
Section 2: Market research and intelligenceMarket intelligence
Economy and investment
Conservation and wildlife tourism
Resource libraries
Section 3: Impacts on tourism and destinationsImpacts during crisis recovery
Impacts on the tourism economy and employment
Impacts on the environment and wildlife
Climate impacts
Impacts on crowded destinations and overtourism
Closures and calls to ‘stay away’
Booking platforms and sharing economy
Accommodation, tours and restaurants
Cruise ships
Section 4. Virtual tours and ideas to keep us inspiredVirtual tours

Would you like to help? Access to this resource list is free of charge. If you would like to contribute towards initiatives that are supporting conservation and local livelihoods until tourism recovers, please consider helping one or more of the following initiatives:

Section 1: Ideas to help resilience and recovery

Policy and development responses:

  1. Ramaphosa to announce limited international travel, Level 1 – sources –
  2. Portugal back on quarantine list but Azores and Madeira spared – TravelMole
  3. COVID-19 related travel restrictions – UNWTO
  4. COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: An overview of government responses to the crisis – OECD
  5. UK Government flip-flopping over quarantine list devastates Portuguese tourist industry – The Guardian
  6. New Caledonia tourism ‘ethical charter’ coming – Traveltalk
  7. Coronavirus restrictions in your state – The Conversation
  8. Coronavirus: Portugal return to quarantine list would cause ‘chaos – BBC
  9. UK ambassador to Portugal warns: travel rules can change quickly – The Guardian
  10. Policy brief: COVID-19 and transforming tourism – UNWTO
  11. Brazil’s island idyll reopens to tourists – as long as they have had COVID-19 – The Guardian
  12. Coronavirus: Bali closed to foreign tourists until end of 2020 – BBC
  13. Bali postpones plans to welcome international travellers in September – The Jakarta Post
  14. Coronavirus: Quarantine rule kicks in after Saturday deadline passes – BBC
  15. UK travel firms say France quarantine move is ‘devastating blow’ – The Guardian
  16. Coronavirus: Portugal added to UK’s safe travel list as Croatia is removed – BBC
  17. Coronavirus: Brits returning from France will have to self-isolate – BBC
  18. Battered travel industry urges UK to rethink COVID-19 quarantine policy – The Guardian
  19. Officials crack down on Alaska-bound travellers crossing US-Canada border – CBC 
  20. COVID-19 travel advisories create tensions in BC tourist towns – CBC 
  21. Covid: 14-day quarantine for Spain to NI travellers – BBC News
  22. Tourism restarts: 40% of destinations have now eased travel restrictions– UNWTO
  23. COVID-19 related travel restrictions. A global review for tourism (6th report as of 30 July 2020) – UNWTO
  24. Coronavirus: Spain says outbreaks under control after UK orders quarantine – BBC
  25. Coronavirus: UK advises against non-essential travel to Spanish islands  – BBC
  26. Covid-19 crisis: Wildlife parks reopen in Rwanda for those free of virus – Hindustan Times
  27. Coronavirus government response tracker– Blavatnik School of Government & University of Oxford 
  28. Coronavirus policy updates – Mekong Tourism
  29. Travel corridors: Quarantine-free travel starts today from 59 countries– Independent
  30. Finally revealed: 59 countries where the 14-day quarantine won’t apply– TravelMole
  31. Restrictions on travel easing as Europe leads cautious restart of tourism– UNWTO
  32. Coronavirus: Dozens of countries not in UK quarantine – BBC
  33. Coronavirus: EU to allow in visitors from 14 ‘safe’ countries – BBC
  34. ‘Escape the pandemic in paradise’: Fiji opens its borders seeking billionaires – The Guardian 
  35. Thailand to lift international travel ban – TravelMole
  36. Thailand to target the wealthy tourist and turn away from mass tourism – Travel Tourism News
  37. Coronavirus: Ministers ‘reluctant’ to close beaches over crowds – BBC
  38. One Planet vision for a responsible recovery of the tourism sector (survey closes 15 July) – UNWTO
  39. Interactive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel regulations Map – IATA Travel Centre
  40. Dubai reopens to tourism on July 7 – TravelMole
  41. Aruba starts phased tourism re-opening– TravelMole
  42. Macau introduces subsidised tours for locals – TravelMole
  43. Turkey launches safe tourism certificate– TravelMole
  44. Australia ‘very unlikely’ to allow foreign tourists in 2020 – Financial Review
  45. Saint Lucia’s new marketing campaign to re-boot recovery– TravelMole
  46. Australia considering shorter COVID-19 quarantine for students and low transmission countries – The Guardian
  47. Coronavirus: France announces significant lifting of restrictions – BBC
  48. Rwanda sets new conditions for tourists – Taarifa
  49. Which European countries are easing travel restrictions? The Guardian
  50. “Sustainability as the new normal” a vision for the future of tourism– UNWTO
  51. Coronavirus: Council leader calls for coastal restrictions – BBC
  52. Hiking, hunting, game drives and more to be allowed under Level 3 – The Citizen
  53. Coronavirus: Cyprus to pay holiday costs of infected tourists – BBC
  54. Japan and Italy will pay for part of your trip – Travel Tourism news
  55. Italy Sicily will pay half the price of your flight, hotel bill and free museums tickets to get back tourist after Coronavirus– Travel Tourism news
  56. COVID-19: EU support for the tourism industry – European Parliament
  57. Coronavirus: Greece to reopen tourism season in June, PM says – BBC
  58. Spain plans to welcome foreign tourists by late June – TravelMole
  59. WTTC voices opposition to quarantine measures – TravelMole
  60. We will have summer tourist season, promises EU – BBC
  61. Vietnam races ahead of other southeast Asian countries in tourism reopening – Skift
  62. Further blow for holidays as Spain announces 14-day tourist quarantine– TravelMole
  63. Tunisia emerges healthy from six-week lockdown – Al-Monitor
  64. PM outlines roadmap for return of domestic, overseas travel: Travel within Australia is set to resume in stages, followed by a trans-taxman ‘travel bubble’ and Pacific Island flights– Executive Traveller
  65. Policy responses to COVID-19 – Policy tracker– International Monetary Fund
  66. Thailand’s tourism industry to introduce post-COVID 19 health and safety certification – TravelMole
  67. Don’t reopen tourism too quickly, German foreign minister warns – Deutsche Well
  68. Speech by Commissioner Breton on “A Marshall Plan for European Tourism” -European Commission
  69. Government to ignore tourism in plan to reopen economy – Southern & East African Tourism Update
  70. Covid-19 Related Policy Shifts Supportive of Travel & Tourism Sector – World Travel and Tourism Council
  71. WBG support for tourism clients and destinations during the COVID-19 crisis– World Bank
  72. Covid-19: Tourism policy responses  – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  73. COVID-19: UNWTO calls on tourism to be part of recovery plans– UN World Tourism Organisation
  74. UNWTO launches a call for action for tourism’s COVID-19 mitigation and recoveryCall for action – UN World Tourism Organisation
  75. Tourism and COVID-19 – UNWTO
  76. Introduce flexible policies to encourage future bookings, says marketing guru – TravelMole
  77. Coronavirus closures of Asian elephant camps offer respite to pursue reforms – Skift

Guidance for the operation of tourism in the wake of COVID-19:

  1. COVID safe travel in Australia – Tourism Australia
  2. Quick restart guide for employers – International Chamber of Commerce
  3. Operational considerations for COVID-19 management in the accommodation sector: interim guidance – World Health Organisation
  4. Anti-contagion protocol for excursions in protected national areas (Italian) – Federparchi, RomaNatura, Campus Bio Medico University of Rome
  5. Member update: Korea National Parks Service response to the COVID-19 Pandemic – Asia Protected Areas Partnership
  6. COVID-19 in the Republic of Korea – Korea National Park service (KNPS) Response case – Korea National Park Service
  7. Visitor guide to camping during COVID-19– British Columbia Parks
  8. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)– Government of Canada
  9. Protecting funding for public health and equity– Advisor news
  10. Recommendations for the safe practice of trekking– Fundación Trekkingchile
  11. Resource kit for accommodations– Travelife
  12. Recomendaciones para una visita segura (video)– Corporacion Nacional Forestal, Chile
  13. #RecreateResponsibly– #RecreateResponsibly
  14. An ethics framework for COVID-19 reopening process– Johns Hopkins
  15. A note on re-opening: What’s safe? – IUCN WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group
  16. OARS COVID-19 general mitigation plan– OARS
  17. Managing Scotland’s parks and greenspaces during Covid-19– Greenspace Scotland
  18. Coronavirus/ COVID-19– Pairi Daiza 
  19. Guidelines for visiting 21 refuges in the Ecrins National Park– Fédération Française des clubs alpins et de montagne 
  20. COVID-19 interventions for the tourism sector– KZN Wildlife
  21. Conheça os parque que ja foram reabertos– Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio)
  22. COVID-19 Guidance for Parks and Green Space managers– Parks for London
  23. Reopening guidance: Considerations for the attractions industry– The Global Association for the Attractions Industry
  24. NPS Public Health Update– National Parks Service
  25. Federal Recreation Reopening Strategy Recommendations– Outdoor Recreation Roundtable
  26. Travel in the new normal: Industry guidance for promoting health and safety of all travellers– US Travel Association
  27. Restaurant reopening guidance– National Restaurant Association
  28. COVID-19 safety and social distancing graphics– National Parks Service
  29. Thailand DMC unite to create uniform health and safety standards ahead of tourism restart– Destination Mekong
  30. Tourism industry guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) – Victoria State Government
  31. COVID-19 update– Parks Victoria
  32. The Oceanic Standard COVID-19 reopening guidelines: Restaurant + hotel food service–  Oceanic Global
  33. ‘Safe travels’: Global protocols & stamp for the new normal– WTTC
  34. Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer public spaces – urban centres and green spaces–
  35. Response to COVID-19–  CFP people spaces places
  36. Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) –
  37. Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Parks Canada
  38. COVID-19– National Parks Service
  39. Guidance for administrators in parks and recreational facilities– CDC
  40. Using trails safely in pandemic in the wake of COVID-19 – Rails-to-Trails Conservancy 
  41. Approved industry COVID safe plans– Queensland Government
  42. Destinations sign up to WTTC safety stamp– TravelMole
  43. Travel industry guidelines for sectors re-opening in one place– Skift
  44. Adventure Travel COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines–  Adventure Travel Trade Association

Funding and support:

  1. Randilen Wildlife Management Area Team – JustGiving
  2. Training centre for Malagasy tourism workforce – Global Giving
  3. The puzzle of COVID-19 tourism recovery funds – LinkedIn
  4. We’re raising £5,000 to Ride4Ranges and Mahenye Charitable Trust – Just Giving
  5. Renowned photographers unite to sell work in aid of Africa’s wildlife – Independent
  6. Turtle season crisis appeal – Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative
  7. Port Moresby Nature Park’s Wildlife Appeal – Gofundme
  8. Rapid Response Grants– Biopama
  9. SOS African Wildlife Rapid Action Grants – IUCN Save Our Species
  10. Support us– Kasanka Trust
  11. Campaign to help tourist guides in distress– Tourism update
  12. Tourism businesses campaign to pressure insurers to pay ‘business interruption claims’– Newsroom Africa
  13. Help us to hep our local conservation partners & staff get through this crisis – Coronavirus Appeal – Biosphere expeditions
  14. COVID-19 tourism recovery technical assistance package– UNWTO
  15. One Planet vision for a responsible recover of the tourism sector: from vision to action – a call for exemplary initiatives– UNWTO
  16. Small island destinations in critical need of urgent support as tourism plunges, UNWTO warns – UNWTO
  17. Make a donationThe Mara Triangle needs your help (video) – Mara Conservancy
  18. Thailand spending USD700 million to boost domestic tourism – TravelMole
  19. G Adventures pledges cash to support guides, porters and local communities – TravelMole
  20. Malaysia unveils RM1 billion tourism financing scheme – TravelMole
  21. Building Back Better: a Marshall Plan for Natural Capital: Reversing the decline in Sub-Saharan African GDP in Nature-Based Tourism Sector from COVID-19 – Planet Tracker
  22. Beyond tourism innovation challenge (closes 31 July 2020) – Inter-American Development Bank
  23. WA tourism businesses fear for future after missing out on COVID-19 grants – ABC News
  24. Food for Coffee Bay families during COVID-19 – Backabuddy
  25. Calls for proposals – Rapid Action Grants – IUCN Save Our Species
  26. COVID-19: Measures to support travel and tourism – UNWTO
  27. World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) COVID-19 tourism recovery technical assistance package – UNWTO
  28. Tourism Restart Taskforce – Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  29. Roots to recovery – is your recovery plan future-proofed? City Nation Place 
  30. Jobs and economy during the coronavirus pandemic– European Commission
  31. Leonardo DiCaprio joins DR Congo gorilla park campaign after attack- BBC
  32. Africa Foundation COVID-19 Campaign – andBeyond
  33. Africa’s tourism sector pleads for $10 bn in urgent relief funding– Club of Mozambique
  34. Project ranger: preventing a poaching pandemic – Great Plains Foundation
  35. Tourism in need – Tourism in need
  36. Book tickets for !Xaus Lodge and Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge relief fund – Quicket
  37. Tourism has crashed: Are carbon credits the future for funding conservation in Africa? Conservation News
  38. Publishing fund for researchers sharing findings on Coronavirus– Emerald Publishing
  39. Healing solutions for tourism challenge – (apply by 15 April) – UN World Tourism Organisation
  40. Coronavirus: Kenya sets aside Sh500 m to save tourism – Daily Nation
  41. Call for proposals: COVID-19 response resilience in wildlife community small grants –  (apply by 15 May) – The Lion’s Share


  1. Forbes Travel Guide launches training webinars for hospitality staff – TravelMole
  2. We can’t travel, but we can take measures to preserve jobs in the tourism industry– World Bank
  3. WTTC reveals responsible travel tips to counter the coronavirus outbreak– World Travel and Tourism Council
  4. COVID-19 and Hospitality: 7 Alternative Ways to Cut Costs and Save Your Business…BEFORE Resorting to Layoffs – Hospitality Net
  5. Supporting Tour Guides During The COVID-19 Pandemic – Forbes
  6. Become a certified virtual tour guide – eventbrite

Resilience and recovery:

  1. Caribbean tourism has been decimated by COVID-19. But the private sector can cushion the blow – World Economic Forum
  2. Israeli solutions for tourism in COVID-19 times (webinar recording) – UNWTO Academy
  3. Catch-up: COVID-19 crisis sparks innovation across travel– Africa Travel Week
  4. One Planet vision for a responsible recovery of the tourism sector– UNWTO One Planet
  5. Paving the way toward a resilient tourism industry: Responsible tourism for COVID recovery (webinar recording) – The George Washington University
  6. These 5 eco-friendly resorts around the world have survived the pandemic without guests by focussing on sustainability, caring for their orchards and farms, and delivering fresh foods to locals– Business Insider Australia
  7. Initial TRINET responses to COVID-19 Tourism – Tourism Transformed
  8. Restarting travel – a guide for customers – ABTA
  9. Circular economy in travel and tourism: A conceptual framework for a sustainable resilient and future proof industry transition – CE360 Alliance
  10. Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) Tourism Resiliency Program – Mr Glenn Mandzuik (video) – The Living Earth
  11. To recover from the global recession, we must invest in natureA key sector forgotten in the stimulus debate: The nature-based economy – Campaign for Nature
  12. Resilience and recovery of tourism communities – Tourism Webinar
  13. Guiding principles – Future of Tourism
  14. Ecotourism to bring post-COVID-19 hope for wildlife and communities in Northern Congo – WCS Newsroom
  15. Tourism recovery with Ecotourism Australia & WWF-Australia – Gaia Discovery
  16. Leaning Tower of Pisa among sites in Italy to reopen after lockdown– The Guardian
  17. Safe Travels Stamp– WTTC
  18. Galleries in Europe open doors as lockdown lifts – in pictures – The Guardian
  19. Exploring the resilience of southern Africa: Wildlife economies during a global pandemic (Webinar recording) – YouTube
  20. How coronavirus is driving a revolution in travel– BBC
  21. Reopening destinations face precarious task of pitching tourists to come this summer– Skift 
  22. Learning to walk again: 21 hopeful signs for reopening the travel economy – Skift
  23. Destination X – smart strategies to do right now (instead of making promo videos) – Phocuswire
  24. Ontario is right to open access to the outdoors for all, not just cottage owners – The Star
  25. Post-COVID-19: Positioning Africa – Ecotourism for Gabon’s diversification strategy – Ecofin Agency
  26. The future of Africa’s wild places – and why safaris matter– AFAR
  27. How travellers can help the hospitality industry – Conde Nast Traveller
  28. The safari industry is no stranger to hardship, but what will it take to recover now? CNN
  29. Spain and Germany deal blow to hopes of tourism revival– The Guardian
  30. How to price accommodation effectively post-COVID19 – Revenue Resolutions
  31. Financial strategies and tactics for adventure travel businesses during economic uncertainty– Adventure Travel Trade Association
  32. National disaster management in the ASEAN 5: an analysis of tourism resilience – Tourism review
  33. Small tourist firms in rural areas: agility, vulnerability and survival in the face of crisis – Independent Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
  34. Building leadership capacity: A framework for disruptive events in tourism – Industrial and commercial training
  35. The coronavirus will change how we travel. That will probably be good for us– NBC news
  36. COVID-19 – We need to play the long game – The African Safari Foundation
  37. Communities belong at the centre of tourism – Now we can make a choice to put them at the heart of recovery planning– The Travel Foundation
  38. A future template for resilience? How we can repurpose tourism and support local communities – World Travel Market Responsible Tourism Blog
  39. Now’s the time to start planning for business recovery– TravelMole
  40. Businesses looking to ideas for tourism recovery once COVID-19 crisis is over – Rocky Mountain Outlook Today
  41. Surviving COVID-19 through tourism resilience – Gaia Discovery
  42. COVID-19 and aviation: Survival, recovery and innovation – Skies
  43. COVID-19 blow is opportunity to upgrade tourism product– Farrugia Portelli – TravelWireNews

Opinions and think pieces:

  1. How to practise responsible tourism during COVID-19 – Loveholidays
  2. Time to build back better for animals – Pacific Asia Travel Association
  3. Can micro-tourism save Japan’s ailing travel industry? The Japan Times
  4. Beyond tourism in Africa (webinar recording)- African Leadership University
  5. Make it better, not just safer: The opportunity to reinvent travel – McKinsey & Company
  6. Coronavirus: How long can Thailand survive without foreign tourism? – DW
  7. What trends should guide tourism’s recovery? WTM Global Hub
  8. Does the COVID-19 emergency mean overtourism is over? WTM Global Hub
  9. COVID-19: Is it time to press the reset button? WTM Global Hub
  10. Why is it essential for luxury travel and sustainability to have a harmonious future? WTM Global Hub
  11. Why Saint Lucia is a model for reopening tourism in the Caribbean – Caribbean Journal
  12. COVID-19 is expanding global consciousness and the sustainability of travel and tourism – Tourism Geographies
  13. From the experts: Will the pandemic make us care more about our planet? Forbes
  14. “We can’t return to normal”: committing to tourism equity in the post-pandemic age – Tourism Geographies
  15. Imperative to rebuild tourism in a safe, equitable and climate-friendly manner: UN secretary general – TravelDaily
  16. Devastated by pandemic, tourism sector must be rebuilt in a safe, equitable and climate friendly way – UN Chief – UN News
  17. Move over, sustainable travel. Regenerative travel has arrived – The New York Times
  18. Protected area tourism beyond 2020: Protected areas for all webinar series – Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources; Centre for Protected Area Management, Colorado State University
  19. 7 ways to maintain goes satisfaction during COVID-19 – HospitalityNet
  20. How will emerging economies reliant on tourism survive the crisis? Skift
  21. Travel and tourism: Embracing transformation to move beyond coronavirus (Webinar recording) –WTM Global Hub
  22. Rethinking sustainability in the middle of a pandemic – Forbes
  23. Polar perspectives no. 1: Is it time for a paradigm shift in how Antarctic tourism is controlled? Polar Institute
  24. Recommendations for the tourism sector to continue taking action on plastic pollution during COVID-19 recovery– Travelife
  25. Travalyst Global Summit (webinar recording) – Travalyst
  26. How to encourage destination communities to embrace tourism during and after the pandemic – Sustainability Leaders Project
  27. Two ways to help revive tourism in Asia and Pacific– Asian Development Blog
  28. Will business travel ever be the same? – BBC
  29. Reimagining the $9 trillion tourism economy – what will it take?- McKinsey & Company
  30. What will travel look like in a post-coronavirus world? Africa Travel Week
  31. Unless we take these steps, UK quarantine restrictions against Spain will do more harm than good– The Independent
  32. Will the sustainable travel movement survive coronavirus? National Geographic
  33. UNWTO, Once Foundation and ENAT call for the reopening of tourism destinations to cater for the needs of people with disabilities– UNWTO
  34. Tools and resources for nature-based tourism (presentation) – World Bank 
  35. Increasing financial resiliency for PAs and KBAs (webinar recording) – UNDP Biofin, Philippine Parks and Biodiversity
  36. Beyond banning wildlife trade: COVID-19, conservation and development– World Development
  37. Steps towards a smarter lockdown: Game lodges – Daily Maverick
  38. How to be a sustainable traveller during times of crisis – Impact Travel Alliance
  39. Conserving Africa’s wildlife and woodlands through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond– Nature ecology and evolution
  40. What is the idea of resilience for tourism business? Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda
  41. Tourism in SIDS: the challenge of sustaining livelihoods in times of COVID-19 – UNWTO
  42. Addressing the triple burden of malnutrition in the time of COVID-19 and climate change in Small Island Developing States: What role for improved local food production?Food Security
  43. Eco-tourism is the way of the post-COVID future for the ‘blue’ Pacific – Scoop
  44. Make it better, not just safer: The opportunity to reinvent travel – McKinsey & Company
  45. The end of tourism? – podcast – The Guardian
  46. A Marshall Plan for tourism: Can it be built? EplerWood International
  47. With crisis comes opportunity: Will elephant-based tourism reset itself post COVID-19? Mekong Tourism
  48. COVID-19: Tourism updated – University of South Carolina
  49. The new normal? Travel in the world of COVID-19 – BBC
  50. Tourism recovery vs. destination sustainability: How to find the right balance post-COVID-19 – Sustainability Leaders Project
  51. Intra-African travel ‘vital’ for post-COVID recoverywebinar recording – Tourism Update
  52. If you can’t go far, go local! Ecotourism world
  53. Is wildlife tourism essential? Conde Nast Traveller
  54. We must not miss this glorious chance to address the climate and biodiversity crisis– The Guardian
  55. COVID-19: A stress test for sustainable development in hospitality?Hospitality Net
  56. Airbnb CEO says travel will never, ever go back to the way it was – Travel Tourism news
  57. Sustainability & tourism post COVID-19 (webinar recording) – presentation– Florida International University
  58. Invest in the green economy and we’ll recover from the Covid-19 crisis – The Guardian
  59. As tourism restarts, our responsibilities remain – UNWTO
  60. How tourist destinations can rebuild after coronavirus – Travel Tourism News
  61. DestinAsian Virtual Roundtable 3: Sustainable travel in a post-pandemic world (webinar recording) – DestinAsian Magazine
  62. How will tourism in LMICs change post-COVID? Devex
  63. Southeast Asia Tourism, COVID-19 and silver linings? (webinar recording) YouTube
  64. World, Changed? Mundo, Transformado? Global Ecotourism Network
  65. The COVID-19 crisis: Opportunities for sustainable and proximity tourism– Tourism Geographies (open access)
  66. 6th Mekong Tourism Strategy roundtable_Geoffrey Lipman-16 June 2020 – Mekong Tourism
  67. Tourism and COVID 19 (webinar recording)– World Trade Organisation – YouTube
  68. “Tourism can be a platform for overcoming the pandemic. By bringing people together, tourism can promote solidarity and trust”: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres– UNWTO
  69. UN World Tourism Organisation urged to create a better future for animals– World Animal Protection
  70. Moving towards a more ‘future fit’ industry (webinar recording)– We Are Africa
  71. 12 industry experts predict the future of travel after the coronavirus crisis, from tackling climate change to greater accessibility – iNews
  72. 7 ways travel MUST change after coronavirus – Fodor’s Travel
  73. Tripadvisor Talk: How will the perception of sustainability and sustainable tourism evolve after COVID-19?Facebook, Instagram and YouTube
  74. ‘Things have to change’: tourism businesses look to a greener future – The Guardian
  75. (Immediate) future of tourism in the wake of relaxing SARS-CoV-2 shutdowns: Small steps to a temporary new ‘normal‘ – AIEST 
  76. Protected area management and COVID-19 (webinar recording) – Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group – Facebook
  77. When will we start dreaming our next trip again? Medium
  78. Campfire chat: Judy Kepher-Gona – Adventure Travel News
  79. What we are losing, what we are learning: Early reflections from Bolivia on the COVID-19 pandemic – Adventure Travel News
  80. Can resorts survive the pandemic? A view from some of the most beautiful places on earth. Tripadvisor talk – Facebook
  81. Will travel change after coronavirus? Here’s what experts have to say (Video)– Travel + Leisure
  82. Responsible travel is key to driving travel industry recovery in a post lockdown world reveals FINN Partners webinar – TravelMole
  83. Turn down the volume: How to plan for a sustainable tourism recovery after C-19 – The “Good Tourism” Blog
  84. Travel and tourism predictions: What might the future hold? eTurboNews
  85. Is tourism a viable livelihood option? (Webinar recording)– Equations – Equitable Tourism Options
  86. Social distancing at airports won’t work, warns Heathrow boss – TravelMole
  87. Coronavirus: What global travel may look like ahead of a vaccine – BBC
  88. Tourism and travel business in post COVID-19 will not be easy but opportunities abound – Hersi – Voyages Afriq
  89. New calm created by coronavirus offers southeast Asia chance to redo sustainable tourism – Skift
  90. Business recovery in the tourism sector – Call to action – Responsible Tourism Institute
  91. When can we travel again? Experts share their predictions – Los Angeles Times
  92. Coronavirus crisis: Online ad giants should help tourism in its hour of need – Hospitalitynet
  93. Is ecotourism the solution to conservation after COVID-19? Medium
  94. How can we be sustainable post-Covid 19? BBC
  95. When will our national parks reopen?  Forbes
  96. Tourism may be one of the worst-hit sectors and bouncing back is not going to be easy – Business Maverick
  97. What travel companies will need to know about consumer mindset post-crisis– Skift
  98. What kind of holidays will we take when we can travel again? – Condé Nast Traveller
  99. How will your clients travel after the pandemic? TravelMole
  100. When can we go on an adventure again? Forbes
  101. Corona-crisis: A Destination Management Opportunity – Destination Stewardship Centre
  102. How tourism leaders should respond to the impacts of COVID-19 – Solimar International
  103. Corona pandemic: What it means for the sustainable tourism community – Sustainability Leaders Project
  104. World, interrupted – Global Ecotourism Network
  105. Why relaunching tourism can only be the last step after bringing back the economy?eTurboNews
  106. Preparing for the future of tourism in a post-COVID-19 world – Ketchum
  107. Promoting tourism in the time of coronavirus is a no-win – Skift
  108. As we sit out COVID-19, let’s think about a fair & fail-safe treatment or vaccine for overtourism – The “Good Tourism” blog
  109. You will travel after COVID-19 – but it won’t be the same – PhocusWire
  110. Pandemic lessons from an Antarctic cruise find their way home – The Washington Post
  111. Aquaterra Adventures’ Vaibhav Kala on the biggest challenge he and all of tourism is facing – Responsible Tourism India
  112. Business recovery in the tourism sector – call to action – Responsible Tourism Institute
  113. The 7 stages to the “new normal” in travel – PhocusWire

Hotel, tour, destination and aviation responses:

  1. Montañas, turismo y delincuencia ambiental en el post covid (Mountains, tourism and environmental crime in the post covid) – Natour Magazine
  2. Coronavirus: Keeping the virus at bay on S Korea’s beaches– BBC
  3. Struggling tourist destinations pitch themselves to new digital nomads as remote work locales– Skift
  4. Dream Cruises resumes sailing with social distancing dining concept– TravelMole
  5. Niagara Falls tour boats show stark social distancing split – BBC
  6. TUI Group tests waters with three-night social-distanced cruise– TravelMole
  7. Coronavirus: Tui warns against blanket quarantine measures – BBC
  8. Protecting African wildlife during COVID-19: How Wilderness Safaris is taking action– Forbes
  9. Top chefs back Tom Kerridge for calling no-show diners ‘disgraceful’ – The Guardian
  10. Immediate safety response and economic recovery effort through access and tourism – Department of Tourism, Vanuatu
  11. How big hotel brands have stepped up their hygiene game – Hospitalitynet
  12. Major cruise lines collaborate on Covid-19 safety strategy – TravelMole
  13. Walt Disney World reopens in Florida amid Covid-19 surge – BBC
  14. Thessaloniki issues smart traveler card for sustainable tourism– Greek Reporter
  15. Ras Al Khaimah becomes the first city in the world to be certified as safe by bureau Veritas and the first emirate to receive the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) safe travels stamp – TravelMole
  16. How Covid-19 will change air travel as we know it – BBC
  17. Reimagining resources: Solimar’s response to short term technical assistance in a COVID-19 era – Solimar International
  18. Quantas group announces post-covid recovery plan and equity raising for a stronger future -Quantas News Room
  19. Delhi to transform 25 luxury hotels into COVID-19 centres – The Guardian
  20. TUI makes Holiday Promise as it announces restart date – TravelMole
  21. Tourism operators say things will look very different as Australia emerges from coronavirus – ABC News
  22. Intrepid Travel introduces flexible booking policy – TravelMole
  23. The Greek plan to bring tourists back – BBC
  24. Legal action mounts against quarantine – TravelMole
  25. Tourism industry doubles down to reassure travellers – Fin24
  26. BA refuses to meet Home Secretary over quarantine plans – BBC
  27. Coronavirus: Barcelona beach trip for recovering patients – BBC
  28. Greece to resume flights from UK on 15 June with strict rules – The Guardian
  29. COVID-19 SOS Benguerra – andBeyond
  30. From crafts to masks – andBeyond
  31. UK travel industry warns against ‘nightmare’ of quarantine– The Guardian
  32. Future air travel: Four-hour process, self check-in, disinfection, immunity passes – Forbes
  33. Sandals reopening next month with enhanced cleaning protocols – TravelMole
  34. Major airlines make face masks compulsory for passengers – TravelMole
  35. Kuoni launches new escorted tours for 2021/2022 – TravelMole
  36. Coronavirus: How will airlines get flying again? BBC
  37. With no tourists, Australian scuba tours are planting coral instead– Brightvibes
  38. Ryanair boss says airline won’t fly with ‘idiotic’ social distancing rules – The Guardian
  39. Crisis management: Preparing your hotel for Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Hospitality net
  40. COVID19: Industry efforts to support communities – The African Safari Foundation
  41. How to run a sustainable hotel in the Himalayas and how not to waste a good crisis – Sustainability Leaders Project
  42. NRL Island: Queensland resort manager reveals rescue coronavirus-hit season – The Guardian
  43. BA joins fight against Covid-19 – TravelMole
  44. US government agrees on $25bn bailout for airlines as pandemic halts travel – The Guardian
  45. Emirates starts rapid-testing passengers for virus before flight – Bloomberg
  46. Small planes and no business class: will flying ever be the same again? The Guardian

Top tips and best practices:

  1. 7 key elements to develop new tourism experiences – Good Tourism Institute
  2. Coronavirus advice for customers– ABTA
  3. 7 considerations for successful hotel spas in a post coronavirus world– Hotel Executive
  4. Conservation actions during COVID-19– Green Fins
  5. Crisis readiness: Are you prepared and resilient to safeguard your people & destinations? – World Travel and Tourism Council
  6. 10 recovery, health and safety recommendations for Adventure Travel from ATTA– Adventure Travel News
  7. 3 tips to emerge stronger – Adventure Travel News
  8. COVID-19 guide for the Adventure Travel Industry – ATTA
  9. The ultimate crisis survival guide for hotels – Cendyn
  10. 5 Tourism Promotion Campaigns Hitting the Right Notes in a Crisis – Skift
  11. COVID-19 pandemic: Five ways towards resilience in tourism business – Gia Discovery
  12. 8 things travel companies can do during the Covid-19 pandemic – SCIVI Travel
  13. 15 Ways Kerala Is Fighting The Good Fight Against Coronavirus – Huffington Post
  14. Green Key’s top tips for tourism establishments to sustain their businesses before and after the Covid-19 pandemic – Green Key
  15. Best practices for founders in the wake of COVID-19 – Notion
  16. Covid-19 economic rescue plans must be green, say environmentalists – The Guardian

Collections of resources:

  1. Coronavirus resource page – Mekong Tourism
  2. Sustainable tourism management in the post-pandemic reality – Europarc Federation
  3. IUCN COVID-19 resources – IUCN
  4. Tools and resources for nature-based tourism ebook– World Bank
  5. Working with the environment to protect people: UNEP’s COVID-19 response – UNEP
  6. Travel recovery insights portal– Tableau public, The Boston Consulting Group
  7. Innovations for our future – Destination Mekong
  8. Tourism – ready for recovery (4 course modules) – Griffith University Professional Learning Hub
  9. COVID-19 survival guide for the hospitality industry – Hospitality Net
  10. Coronavirus (COVID-19): News, Analysis and resources – UNCTAD
  11. COVID-19 Task Force: Resources for the tourism industry – The University of the West Indies
  12. Reset: Visions of travel and tourism after the global COVID-19 transformation of 2020 (free access) – Tourism Geographies
  13. Post-Covid Management think-tank – Universita di Verona
  14. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic – IUCN WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group
  15. OTS Webinar series: After the virus – On tourism & sustainability – YouTube
  16. Travelbiz: COVID-19 update– Big Volcano Visitor Guide
  17. COVID-19 and the tourism industry – latest update – The African Safari Foundation
  18. Coronavirus help! Tourmageddon
  19. Positive Actions– Resilient destinations
  20. Travel, tourism and hospitality in a COVID-19 world– Travel & Tourism Transformed
  21. Making the case for a sustainable tourism industry – Helpful resources for tourism stakeholders during this time of crisis – LT&C
  22. Coronavirus updates– Airbnb Resources Centre
  23. OTS Webinar series – After the Virus – Journal on Tourism & Sustainability 

Section 2. Market research and intelligence

Market intelligence:

  1. UNWTO tourism recovery tracker – UNWTO
  2. Reviving tourism amid the COVID-19 pandemic – Asian Development Bank
  3. A-Z index of COVID-19 airport ratings – Skytrax
  4. What luxury travellers want during the new normal – Traveltalk
  5. UNWTO briefing note – Tourism and COVID-19: Understanding Domestic tourism and seizing its opportunities – UNWTO
  6. Insights on Filipino travellers’ sentiments on the new normal – Guide to the Philippines
  7. Understanding and shaping consumer behaviour in the next normal – McKinsey & Company
  8. For corporate travel, a long recovery ahead – McKinsey & Company
  9. How COVID-19 could impact travel for years to come – Q Costa Rica
  10. Latin America and Caribbean Travel & Tourism competitiveness landscape report: Assessing regional opportunities and challenges in the context of COVID-19 – World Economic Forum
  11. Travel 2040: Sustainability and digital transformation as recovery drivers (webinar recording)- Euromonitor International
  12. By the numbers: Tourism’s zombie season – Politico
  13. 1st Destination Mekong Summit: Balanced tourism recovery for a better future (webinar recordings) – Destination Mekong
  14. Tourism trauma and COVID-19 – IMF
  15. World Travel and Tourism Council Travel demand recovery dashboard – WTTC
  16. Beyond COVID-19: The road to recovery for the travel industry – Tripadvisor
  17. US packaged adventure travel segment to bounce back faster than the overall US travel market – Adventure Travel News
  18. European tourism 2020 – Trends and prospects (Q2/2020) – European Travel Commission
  19. Coronavirus advice for customers– ABTA
  20. WTTC/Carnival Corporation Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19 – WTTC/Carnival Corporation
  21. Market intelligence: UNWTO World Tourism Barometer– UNWTO
  22. New pandemic direction for international travel – Loop
  23. US tourism outlook 2020-2023: US travel is in deep trouble! eTurboNews
  24. Foreign tourists may be allowed back by January, local leisure travel by end-September – report – Business Insider South Africa
  25. International tourism and COVID-19– UNWTO
  26. There’s a plan to open up tourism in South Africa – including international flights – but no dates, and no certainty– Business Tech
  27. Ready for take-off? What do travellers expect from destinations?(webinar recording) – UNWTO Academy
  28. Global ‘state of the market’ study reveals when businesses expect to resume corporate travel– FCM Travel Solutions
  29. UNWTO: Cross-border tourism gradually recovering – TravelMole
  30. Australian Travel Status Map – Tourism Australia
  31. COVID-19 related travel restrictions. A global review for tourism (29 May 2020) –  UNWTO
  32. Airline policy tracker – Travelport
  33. Coronavirus travel updates: which countries have restrictions and FCO warnings in place? The Guardian
  34. Coronavirus Travel Impact Dashboard (Southeast Asia) – Pear Anderson
  35. Interactive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel regulations Map – IATA Travel Centre
  36. Bouncing back: Consumer views on traveling again (report) webinar – Flywire
  37. Over half of Brits want to fly overseas before end of year – TravelMole
  38. Fiji declares itself ‘Covid-free’ – TravelMole
  39. Beyond COVID-19: The road to recovery for the travel industry – Tripadvisor
  40. Traveling after COVID – RTA / SOLARE
  41. South Africa to remain closed to tourists until 2021 – The Telegraph
  42. Health experts cast doubt on UK hopes for holiday ‘air bridges’– The Guardian
  43. Africa suppliers see post-COVID trends working in their favour– Travel Weekly 
  44. Thailand doesn’t expect UK tourists to return until October – TravelMole
  45. COVID-19 and touristic demand: a mathematical modelling approach – Medium
  46. Attempting to profile the post-COVID 19 traveller – Adventure Travel News
  47. Tourism industry survey of South Africa: COVID-19: Impact, mitigation and the future – Department of Tourism; Tourism Business Council of South Africa, International Finance Corporation 
  48. Travelers willing to be screened and share medical history post pandemic – TravelMole
  49. Infographic: Survey shows shocking effect on tourism businesses in SA – IOL
  50. Global tourism could plummet by 80 per cent this year – TravelMole
  51. 100% of global destinations now have COVID-19 travel restrictions, UNWTO reports – UNWTO
  52. Policy responses to COVID-19 – Policy tracker– International Monetary Fund
  53. COVID-19– World Travel and Tourism Council
  54. COVID-19 response: 96% of global destinations impose travel restrictions, UNWTO reports – UNWTO
  55. COVID-19: Implications for business – McKinsey and Company
  56. COVID-19: Impact on Travel & Hospitality and Tourism – McKinsey and Company (weblink pending)
  57. COVID-19: Updated outlook and pandemic impacts – Tourism Economics
  58. IMPACTOUR: Europa Nostra launches consultation on sustainable cultural tourism – Europa Nostra
  59. Most travellers expect to travel within 60 days of C19 containment: Poll – Traveltalk
  60. Nearly half of all Aussies plan to travel domestically when allowed – Traveltalk

Economy and investment:

  1. UNWTO finds Covid-19 will cost tourism USD460 bn in 2020 – Breaking travel news
  2. World Tourism Barometer – August/September 2020 – UNWTO
  3. In post-COVID-19 Latin America, investment in infrastructure can bring back tourism – and re-build the economy – World Economic Forum
  4. Extreme outlier: The pandemic’s unprecedented shock to tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean – Inter-American Development Bank
  5. Study predicts windfall for Aussie tourism, post pandemic – Traveltalk
  6. Drop in tourism could wipe £22bn from UK economy, says WTTC – The Guardian
  7. Heathrow: Coronavirus quarantine ‘strangling UK economy’– BBC
  8. International tourism losses more than $320 billion in just 5 months– Travel Tourism news
  9. Impact of COVID-19 on global tourism made clear as UNWTO counts the cost of standstill – UNWTO
  10. Mass redundancies expected in UK tourism, with wide scale lay-offs expected beginning next month – TravelMole
  11. Tourism as an agent of recovery in post-COVID-19 southern Africa – Future Directions
  12. New data shows impact of COVID-19 on tourism as UNWTO calls for responsible restart of the sector– UNWTO
  13. COVID-19 and tourism: Assessing the economic consequences – UNCTAD
  14. Coronavirus (COVID-19)– World Economic Forum
  15. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s travel impacts, West Africa’s objectives remain valid– Trade for Development News
  16. COVID-19 – a global insight on travel and tourism impacts, UNWTO and Data Partners – UNWTO
  17. Investors warned not to rush into travel and leisure stocks– BBC
  18. Coronavirus – understanding the economics – London School of Economics
  19. Coronavirus: The canary in the coal mine of the world economy? Yellow Railroad

Conservation and wildlife tourism:

  1. Monitoring World Heritage site closures – UNESCO
  2. Tourism collapse puts wildlife conservation in peril – CNN Travel
  3. Tourism collapse puts wildlife conservation in peril – CTV News
  4. Wildlife conservation feels the stress of coronavirus crisis – Arab News
  5. The COVID-19 pandemic impact on nature based tourism (video) – YouTube
  6. US-based Hipcamp acquires Australia’s Youcamp as travellers head call of the great outdoors – Skift
  7. Do safari companies really want African travellers? The New York Times
  8. African safaris are designed for social distancing, and experts say it could be a fight to book a spot for 2021 – Insider
  9. Spotlight on COVID-19 and Africa’s protected area tourism, English, French– European Commission, International Cooperation and Development
  10. COVID-19 and privately protected areas – a Survey (open until 27 July 2020) – IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
  11. Protecting 30% of the planet for nature: costs, benefits and economic implications– Campaign for Nature
  12. COVID-19 and tourism in Africa’s protected areas: Impacts and recovery needs– Trade for Development News by EIF
  13. EU Wildlife economy: sustainable tourism in protected areas study: Study on  COVID19, tourism in protected areas, local livelihoods, and conservation:
  14. Summer visitors to American parks choose safety over freedom to roam– The Conversation
  15. Visiting parks and recreational facilities: Protect yourself and others from COVID-19– Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  16. Parks and outdoor spaces: How did the number of visitors change since the beginning of the pandemic? May 26 2020– Our World in Data
  17. Coronavirus closures could lead to a radical revolution in conservation– The Conversation
  18. COVID-19: Drop in ecotourism sparks fears of increased wildlife poaching– Mothership
  19. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the safari industry (May update)–
  20. COVID-19: Sustainability and remodelling of the Wildlife Sector– YouTube
  21. COVID-19: Impact assessment of COVID-19 on the South African Wildlife Ranching Industry– Wildlife Ranching South Africa
  22. Botswana is evacuating black rhinos amid poaching threat– National Geographic
  23. Kuoni reports uplift in demand for 2021 bookings– TravelMole
  24. Sharp drop in rhino poaching amid lockdown– Lowvelder
  25. Coronavirus: Fears of spike in poaching as pandemic poverty strikes– BBC
  26. Poaching fears as the safari trade collapses– The Times
  27. Poaching threats loom as wildlife safaris put on hold due to COVID-19– National Geographic
  28. The worrying impact of coronavirus outbreak on the safari industry–
  29. COVID-19: protected great apes during human pandemics– Nature
  30. Amidst COVID-19 situation, community conservation must continue– Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association

Resource libraries:

  1. COVID-19 travel regulations map– IATA Travel Centre
  2. Policy responses to COVID-19– International Monetary Fund
  3. COVID-19 law lab – UNDP/UNAIDs/WHO/O’Neil Institute/Georgetown University
  4. UNWTO library (Free access until end April 2020) – UNWTO
  5. COVID-19: ETOA insight, action and resources – ETOA


  1. Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) – Our World in Data
  2. The GCI Dashboard – Pemandu Associates
  3. COVID-19 Activity risk levels – Ezekiel J Emanuel 
  4. COVID-19 in proportion? In Proportion2
  5. COVID-19 around the world – Worldometer
  6. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation reports – World Health Organisation
  7. COVID-19 outbreak world map – Wikipedia

Section 3: Impacts on tourism and destinations

Impacts during crisis recovery:

  1. ‘The whole place was a toilet’: Dartmoor reels from camping boom – The Guardian
  2. Staying positive and productive at new resort as a global pandemic takes hold – Hotel Executive
  3. ‘The worst of human nature’: UK staycationers’ trail of destruction– The Guardian
  4. The islands that want tourists as well as fish– BBC
  5. ‘Not much difference’: few takers on first day of hospitality VAT cut – The Guardian
  6. First UK night out of lockdown – camping in Northern Ireland – The Guardian
  7. “It’s manic that way’: seeking a slice of normality on Southend beach – The Guardian
  8. Major incident declared as people flock to England’s south coast – The Guardian
  9. Coronavirus: Spain welcomes tourists back as emergency ends – BBC
  10. TUI reveals summer re-start plans after operating packed flights to Majorca – TravelMole
  11. The “peoples show” goes on for Enga – Enga Cultural Show
  12. ‘It’s been a rollercoaster’: zoos in England relieved to be reopening – The Guardian
  13. Campsites face a summer of social distancing – The Guardian
  14. ‘It’s an exciting beginning’: Venice opens to tourists – The Guardian
  15. Covid-19: Greece quarantines all passengers from Qatar flight – The Guardian 
  16. What will hotel visits be like? Here’s your room-by-room look at the future – CNBC – Global Traveller
  17. Coronavirus: Alarm as crowds flock to European beaches – BBC
  18. Not a mask in sight’: thousands flock to Yellowstone as park reopens – The Guardian
  19. England beaches gridlock caused by cars ‘from all over the country’– BBC
  20. ‘Freedom’ for Greek beachgoers – under drone’s watchful eye – The Guardian
  21. Tourist hotspots busy despite coronavirus warnings– The Guardian
  22. Battered UK tourist industry anticipates easing of coronavirus lockdown – The Guardian 
  23. China tourism bounces back as millions travel for May Day holiday – TravelMole
  24. Socialising tourism for social and ecological justices after COVID-19 – Tourism Geographies
  25. Hundreds flock to Florida’s reopened beaches as state death toll hits 726 – The Guardian
  26. Chinese tourist sites packed as country comes out of lockdown, but experts say risk still high – CNN
  27. After China eased social-distancing rules, 20,000 visitors flooded this UNESCO World Heritage Site – Forcing it to shut down again – artnetnews

Impacts on the tourism economy and employment:

  1. Report: Tourism to Latin America hammered by COVID – AP News
  2. Latin America’s tourism sector grounded amid pandemic – Latin Lawyer
  3. As Covid-19 clobbers tourism, millions lose a lifeline – The Wall Street Journal
  4. ‘We can’t wait to welcome you to Nepal again’ – WWF Nepal
  5. Over 1.6 m tourists visited in 2019 – Namibia Tourism Board
  6. Global tourism lost £245 bn in five months due to coronavirus, says UN Chief – Independent
  7. ABTA says Covid crisis could claim 18% of UK travel sector’s jobs – The Guardian
  8. COVID-19 impact and policy responses in the Hindu Kush Himalaya – ICIMOD
  9. Tourist hotspots hit hardest in UK by Covid-19 unemployment– The Guardian
  10. Coronavirus: Spain races to save tourism as cases surge – BBC
  11. Coronavirus: How South Africa and Rwanda are coping without tourists – BBC
  12. With tourists gone, Bali workers return to farms and fishing – New York Times
  13. Mass redundancies expected in UK tourism, with wide scale lay-offs beginning next month – TravelMole
  14. Egypt desperate to revive coronavirus-hit tourism industry– BBC
  15. Queenstown: a tourist town with no tourists fights despair among stranded workers – The Guardian
  16. Small island destinations in critical need of urgent support as tourism plunges, UNWTO warns – UNWTO
  17. ‘Job-killer of the century’: economies of Pacific islands face collapse over Covid-19 – The Guardian
  18. Coronavirus will cost global tourism at least $1.2 trillion – UNCTAD
  19. Avec le coronavirus, le tourisme en Afrique affiche un manque a ganger de quelque 500 milliards d’euros – Le Monde
  20. ‘On our knees’: Kenya’s tourism revenue collapses– Reuters
  21. COVID-19 and travel: impacts, responses and outcomes (book) – Goodfellow publishers
  22. Tourism industry faces collapse as insurance companies refuse to pay COVID-19 claims – IOL
  23. Holidays still banned: South African’s only allowed to take day trips – Business Insider South Africa
  24. Hospitality industry is taking on insurers for non-payment of Covid claims– The South African
  25. Rapid socio-economic impact assessment of COVID-19 on Bhutan’s tourism sector – UNDP
  26. COVID-19 hitting tourism hard: What does this mean for the world’s poorest countries? Trade For Development News by EIF
  27. Impact assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak on international tourism (updated May 2020)– UNWTO
  28. Coronavirus outbreak: Caribbean tourism struggles as visitors stay home– BBC
  29. Tui warns of 8,000 job losses as travel firm faces ‘greatest crisis’– The Guardian
  30. Package operators ‘could lose five billion pounds this year– TravelMole
  31. Workers mauled by pandemic shock to wildlife reserves, national parks– Thomson Reuters Foundation News
  32. A town in Costa Rica faces an eco-tourism crisis– National Geographic
  33. Pandemics, tourism and global change: a rapid assessment of COVID-19– Journal of Sustainable Tourism (open access)
  34. ‘London is so strange and sad’: the sacked hospitality workers sleeping rough– The Guardian
  35. Mozambique – over 5,000 jobs lost in tourism and culture– AIM report – Club of Mozambique
  36. UK tourism hotspots could face worst of post-lockdown job losses– The Guardian
  37. COVID-19 and tourism in Georgia – early impacts and government response– Resilient destinations
  38. Soaring cost of COVID for communities and conservation– Impakter
  39. UK tourist attraction discusses the true impact of the pandemic– TravelMole
  40. Lockdown devastates Namibian tourism sector– Informante
  41. ‘It’s catastrophic’: Fiji’s colossal tourism sector devastated by coronavirus– The Guardian
  42. Coronavirus poses existential threat, says hospitality industry– The Guardian
  43. Coronavirus ‘could cost millions of tourism jobs’– BBC
  44. Nepal tourism hit hard as global coronavirus fears close Everest– The Guardian
  45. Coronavirus: Tourism in Thailand hit by Covid-19– BBC
  46. How hard will the coronavirus hit the travel industry? National Geographic
  47. COVID-19: Fear of job losses could make tourism indifferent to wellbeing– African Arguments

Impacts on the environment and wildlife:

  1. Dolphin numbers up in Hong Kong after Covid crisis halts ferries – The Guardian
  2. The impacts of CoViD-19 on coastal and marine tourism – Open Channels: sustainable ocean management and conservation
  3. Nature tourism Markets voices (WWF video) – Youtube
  4. For South America’s wilderness areas, COVID-19 brings risk and respite – Mongabay
  5. Rising pressure on Nepal’s tiger habitats amidst COVID-19 – WWF Nepal
  6. Rowley Shoals: The bleached Australian reef and a COVID challenge – BBC
  7. ‘I definitely missed the tourists’: A lonely Great Barrier Reef has suffered a double hit – Independent
  8. Impact of COVID-19 on heritage sites of the world’s National Trusts – International National Trusts Organisation
  9. New coronavirus found in Navy dolphins in San Diego Bay – CBS8
  10. A silent extinction: Elephants, rhinos and giraffes among endangered species facing fresh threat during global pandemic– Independent
  11. Simon says ‘reopen game lodges, Minister’– Tourism Update
  12. The COVID-19 pandemic, Part 2: Perspectives on the future of coastal and marine tourism and its implications for coastal and marine ecosystems– The Skimmer
  13. Covid-19: Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away– Hindustsan Times
  14. African states battling COVID-19 with low wildlife conservation budgets– eTurboNews
  15. Coronavirus is crushing tourism – and cutting off a lifeline for wildlife– The Washington Post
  16. Don’t despair: use the pandemic as a springboard to environmental action– The Guardian
  17. Pandemic-induced poaching surges in Uganda– National Geographic
  18. 70,000 endangered sea turtles lay eggs on empty beaches during quarantine– Return to now
  19. Covid-19 impacts on nature conservation in Georgia– Travindy
  20. Safari tourism on brink of extinction as insurers and government fiddle– Business Day
  21. FEATURE – As South Africa eases lockdown, eco-tourism community fears for future– Reuters
  22. COVID-19, Africa’s conservation and trophy hunting dilemma– The Conversation
  23. Tourism collapse in Kenya raises fears of poaching uptick– Corporate Knights
  24. The impact of COVID-19 on wildlife conservation in the East African community (webinar recording) – Earth Journalism Network
  25. Corona-hit tourism in Kenya leaves elephant conservation ‘ staring at an uncertain future’– DW Akademie
  26. Sainte-Marie : Chronique d’une île qui meurt en silence– Studio Sifaka
  27. The end of tourism?The Guardian
  28. Jobs gone, investments wasted: Africa’s deserted safaris leave mounting toll– Moneyweb
  29. The collapse of tourism and its impact on wildlife tourism destinations(Creative Commons license) Journal of Tourism Futures 
  30. Effects of the pandemic on ecotourism destinations and protected area management(webinar recording & presentations) – LT&C
  31. Beloved silverback gorilla killed by poachers in Uganda– National Geographic
  32. Mara land owners weigh options as Covid-19 bites– PD Online
  33. Halt in ecotourism threatens conservation efforts worldwide– Washington Post
  34. What COVID-19 means for ecotourism– UNEP
  35. How does tourism actually benefit conservation and the communities in wilderness areas? (Webinar recording)– C4 Atelier
  36. Big cats and creepy crawlies await news of zoos reopening to visitors– The Guardian
  37. Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on biodiversity conservation– Biological Conservation
  38. Editorial Essay: COVID-19 and protected and conserved areas– PARKS
  39. Coronavirus effect on the environment: Without tourism, we will lose Elephants– International Business Times
  40. Rhino poaching drops significantly during COVID-19 lockdown– Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa
  41. National Trust sites become wildlife hangouts during lockdown– BBC
  42. As visitors vanish, Madagascar’s protected areas suffer a ‘devastating’ blow– Mongabay
  43. Ecotourism collapse threatens communities: How COVID-19 could push wildlife back to the brink– Taipei Times
  44. Ecotourism offered a lifeline to people and animals. Now it’s gone– Inside Hook
  45. Conservation in crisis: ecotourism collapse threatens communities and wildlife– The Guardian
  46. As wildlife tourism grounds to a halt, who will pay for the conservation of nature? Mongabay
  47. The urban wild: animals take to the streets amid lockdown – in pictures– The Guardian
  48. Lockdown enables wildlife claim their territory across India– The Hindu
  49. Coronavirus lockdown boosts number of Thailand’s rare sea turtles– The Guardian
  50. Coronavirus: Lions nap on road during South Africa lockdown– BBC
  51. The coronavirus pandemic has halted tourism, and animals are benefiting from it– The Washington Post
  52. Coronavirus: Venice canals clear up as pandemic shuts tourism down– The Independent
  53. Coronavirus-fuelled tourism meltdown yields pros and cons for conservation– The Globe and Mail
  54. While India is on quarantine, thousands of undisturbed sea turtles estimate 60 million eggs– Fun Owl
  55. Fake animal news abounds on social media as coronavirus upends life– National Geographic
  56. No monkey business in Himachal amid lockdown!Bhaskar Live
  57. Mass monkey brawl highlights coronavirus effect on Thailand tourism– The Guardian
  58. Coronavirus: Thai elephants face starvation as tourism collapses– BBC
  59. As tourism plummets in Thailand, Elephants are out of work, too– New York Times
  60. SA wildlife tourism hit-hard by coronavirus– Farmers weekly
  61. Safari Talk – The impact of COVID-19 on Africa tourism and wildlife conservation(webinar recording) – African Bush Camps
  62. Coronavirus and tourism, the demise of the African safari– The Exchange
  63. Africa fears poaching surge as COVID-19 lockdown wipes out revenues from wildlife tourism– The Telegraph
  64. Covid-19 crisis puts South African rhinos & other wild animals in danger as tourism industry goes off a cliff– RT Question More
  65. Poachers kill more rhinos as coronavirus halts tourism in Africa– New York Times

Climate impacts:

  1. The case for responsible travel: Trends and statistics 2020: Lessons from COVID-19 for tourism in a changing climate – Centre for Responsible Travel
  2. Fry or freeze: COVID-19, climate change and tourism – Travel News Group
  3. Is the COVID-19 crisis the catalyst for greening the world’s airlines? The Guardian
  4. ‘Huge environmental waste’ as US airlines fly near-empty planes – The Guardian
  5. Coronavirus poses threat to climate action, says watchdog – BBC
  6. Coronavirus: Air pollution and C02 fall rapidly as virus spreads – BBC
  7. Airlines lobby to rewrite carbon deal in light of coronavirus – The Guardian
  8. ‘It’s positively alpine!’: Disbelief in big cities as air pollution falls – The Guardian
  9. Climate crisis: in coronavirus lockdown, nature bounces back – but for how long? – The Guardian

Impacts on crowded destinations and overtourism:

  1. Venice in times of coronavirus: Relaxed and unique – Deutsche Welle
  2. Locals rediscover streets and beaches in resorts absent of foreign tourists – The Guardian
  3. Overtourism and COVID-19: Lack of tourists actually harming environment in many cases – Traveller
  4. Can Venice turn the tide on mass tourism? BBC
  5. ‘Bali is not only about tourism’: Covid-19 prompts rethink for island’s residents– The Guardian
  6. English beaches packed despite COVID-19 social distancing plea – The Guardian
  7. Deserted beaches, empty bars: COVID-19 devastates Thailand’s tourist islands– The Guardian
  8. ‘It’s a ghost town’: tourism crisis hits British cities from Edinburgh to Bath – The Guardian
  9. All quiet in Ibiza as super-rich hide away and young Brits chill by the pool – The Guardian
  10. Before the virus, Asia’s ecosystems were buckling under overtourism. When the tourists return, it has to be different– CNN Travel
  11. Machu Picchu imposes strict limit on visitor numbers – TravelMole
  12. The end of tourism? The Guardian
  13. Austria’s tiny village with 10,000 day-trippers – BBC
  14. Barcelona without the tourists: ‘We’ve reclaimed our city but inherited a ghost town‘ – The Guardian
  15. How coronavirus will force destinations to stop overtourism – YouTube
  16. Then and now: How coronavirus turned the world’s busiest cities into ghost towns – The Telegraph
  17. Coronavirus before and after – amazing photos compare Asia’s favourite destinations – South China Morning Post
  18. Coronavirus impact in photos: Tourist attractions without tourists – Condé Nast Traveller

Closures and calls to ‘stay away‘:

  1. Ten countries kept out Covid. But did they win? BBC
  2. Temporary closure of country parks facilities – Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong
  3. Virunga National park temporarily closes mountain gorilla tourism due to COVID-19– Parc National des Virunga
  4. Seychelles imposes a two-year cruise ship ban– TravelMole
  5. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Parks CanadaO
  6. COVID-19 is just as bad for parks as the 2019 shutdown – Outside
  7. Coronavirus: Great apes on lockdown over threat of disease – BBC
  8. COVID-19 prompts closure of Indonesian parks, and a chance to evaluate – Mongabay
  9. Bangkok to close parks as Thailand’s coronavirus cases rise – Reuters
  10. Mount Everest: Nepal’s government shuts off mountain amid virus outbreak – BBC
  11. Media release: SANParks close all tourism facilities in support of national lockdown– South African National Parks
  12. African national parks close to protect gorillas and chimpanzees from coronavirus – The Independent
  13. National parks in Africa shutter over COVID-19 threat to great apes – Mongabay
  14. ‘Please don’t come’: calls to close US national parks over virus fears– The Guardian
  15. Coronavirus: London parks closing as areas urge tourists to stay away – The Guardian
  16. Coronavirus: US tourist towns telling visitors to stay away – BBC
  17. French police turn back private jet of holidaymakers from UK – The Guardian

Booking platforms and sharing economy:

  1. Expedia and Airbnb bosses have conflicting visions about the future of travel – Skift
  2. restructuring will pare its workforce by up to 25 percent – Skift
  3. Airbnb sees uptick in domestic bookings – TravelMole
  4. Airbnb fires 1900 employees due to COVID-19 crisis– Greek Travel Pages
  5. TripAdvisor to lay off 900 staff– TravelMole
  6. TripAdvisor launches initiative to help NHS – TravelMole
  7. Coronavirus: Airbnb restricts UK bookings to coronavirus keyworkers – BBC
  8. Coronavirus: Airbnb,, update cancellation policies amid Covid-19 outbreak – Daily Post
  9. How the Covid-19 crisis locked Airbnb out of its own homes – BBC
  10. Airbnb hosts defy lockdown laws with ‘Covid-19 retreats’ – BBC

Accommodation, tours and restaurants:

  1. UK hotels and restaurants hit by wave of cancellations – The Guardian
  2. Car hire firm collapses after ‘thousands of cancellations’ – TravelMole
  3. UK travel firms say France quarantine move is ‘devastating blow‘ – The Guardian
  4. Wine tourism reels from effects of COVID – Tourism Update
  5. TUI reports huge loss as bookings shift to 2021 – TravelMole
  6. TUI receives additional Euro1.05 bn loan from German bank – TravelMole
  7. Campsites and holiday cottage bookings for summer 2021 soar – The Guardian
  8. Accor’s pandemic shakeout includes shedding 1000 jobs, possible sale of iconic Paris HQ – Skift
  9. Hyatt CEO says China offers proof hotels don’t need a vaccine to recover from coronavirus– Skift
  10. Fingers crossed at France’s brasseries and cafes as tourist quarantines loom – The Guardian
  11. Why UK farmers are cashing in on the boom in rural staycations – The Guardian
  12. Holiday firm Tui extends suspension of trips to Spain – BBC
  13. Is the hotel industry about to self-destruct? Media exposes shocking hotel fails and growing guest distrust – Hospitalitynet
  14. Inbound operators face cash crisis as suppliers delay setting 2021 rates– TravelMole
  15. Caribbean hotels demand UK operators pay upfront after being left owed millions – TravelMole
  16. Coronavirus: Qantas axes most overseas flights until October – BBC
  17. Sandals announces phased restart for all resorts – TravelMole
  18. Caribbean hotels demand TUI pays outstanding bills – TravelMole
  19. COVID-19 conversation: Southern African lodges, hotels and tourism – Vimeo
  20. Thai hotels seek government help as TUI Group defers payments – TravelMole
  21. Tsogo Sun to close 36 hotels as demand collapses– Eyewitness News (Reuters)
  22. G Adventures extends tour suspensions – TravelMole
  23. Luxury resorts face coronavirus crisis as the 1% flee cities for holiday hideaways – The Guardian
  24. Sandals hands over hotel to help recovering COVID19 patients – TravelMole
  25. ‘If the hotels go down, everything does’: the tourism hotspots hit by slowdown – The Guardian

Cruise ships:

  1. Stranded Mauritian cruise workers finally begin journey home – The Guardian
  2. Cruise ships are back. This is what they look like now – CNN
  3. MSC Grandiosa: First Mediterranean cruise launches after five-month pause – BBC
  4. Coronavirus: ‘Serious mistakes’ made over Ruby Princess outbreak – BBC
  5. CDC seeks public feedback before cruises can resume– TravelMole
  6. Royal Caribbean loses $1.6bn in second quarter due to Covid– The Guardian
  7. Cruise cancellations: ocean and yacht voyages through December 2020 – Crystal Cruises
  8. Coronavirus: Dozens test positive for Covid-19 on Norwegian cruise ship – BBC
  9. Two cruise ships hit by coronavirus weeks after industry restarts – The Guardian
  10. CDC seeks public feedback before cruises can resume– TravelMole
  11. Foreign Office urges holidaymakers to avoid cruise ships – The Guardian
  12. Cruise line cancels all departures up to March 2021 – TravelMole
  13. More than 100 cruise ships in US had Covid-19 infections– TravelMole
  14. Brittany Ferries confirms re-launch of services next week– TravelMole
  15. All US cruises suspended until mid-September – TravelMole
  16. Coronavirus: Anger grows for stranded crew on forgotten cruises – BBC
  17. Brittany Ferries cancels sailings until mid-June – TravelMole
  18. P&O Ferries to make 1,100 redundancies – TravelMole
  19. Revealed: 100,000 crew never made it off cruise ships amid coronavirus crisis – The Guardian
  20. Coronavirus journey: The ‘last cruise ship on Earth’ finally comes home – BBC
  21. Saga cancels all cruises after coronavirus travel advice change – BBC
  22. Coronavirus: Artania cruise ship stand-off continues in Australia – BBC
  23. Criminal investigation launched into Ruby Princess cruise ship coronavirus disaster – BBC
  24. Cruise ship stranded of Uruguay says 60% onboard have Covid-19 – The Guardian
  25. Will we ever take cruise holidays again? BBC
  26. Cruise firms face ‘off-the-scale’ challenge in wake of coronavirus – The Guardian


  1. Singapore Airlines takes ‘agonising’ call to slash 4,300 roles – TravelMole
  2. BA cuts more flights as demand flatlines again – TravelMole
  3. British Airways owner IAG to cut more flights – BBC
  4. WestJet cancels flight because of mask dispute with child – BBC
  5. Singapore orders airlines to set up isolation areas on planes – TravelMole
  6. EasyJet apologises for pilot’s threat to remove passenger for mask violation – TravelMole
  7. Nearly 1,000 Canada flights have carried positive COVID-19 passengers since February – CTV news
  8. Challenging times ahead for the airline industry – Euromonitor International
  9. Coronavirus: Cases on Tui flight from Zante to Cardiff – BBC
  10. Flights between China and Europe continue to rise amid pandemic – Global Times
  11. Ryanair increases capacity amid rising demand– TravelMole
  12. Social distancing in the skies becomes a perk in post-COVID travel– The Guardian
  13. Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy as Covid continues to hurt airlines – The Guardian
  14. New Zealand travel bubble ‘on the back burner’, may not open until 2021 – Executive Traveller
  15. Emirates, Etihad passengers must take a COVID-19 test before flying – Executive Traveller 
  16. IATA says air travel won’t recover until 2024 – TravelMole
  17. Virgin restarts passenger flights – TravelMole
  18. How Covid-19 will change air travel as we know it– BBC
  19. Virgin Atlantic agrees £1.2 bn rescue deal amid coronavirus slump – The Guardian
  20. Hawaiian Airlines Covid-19 cluster grows – TravelMole
  21. Quantas pulls almost all international flights to March 2021 – Executive Traveller
  22. Coronavirus: Air France set to cut more than 7,500 jobs – BBC
  23. Sydney airport limits inbound passengers to 50 per flight, 450 per day – Executive Traveller
  24. Airlines under fire for jumping the gun as easyJet and Ryanair re-launch international flights– TravelMole
  25. Quantas to cut at least 6,000 jobs as part of coronavirus recovery plans, Alan Joyce reveals – ABC News
  26. Quantas cancels overseas flights until late October, highlighting airlines’ struggle for survival– ABC News
  27. Lots of distancing, no long-distance: Airlines cautiously return to the sky – The Guardian
  28. BA, Ryanair and easy jet launch legal action against quarantine– TravelMole
  29. German airline Lufthansa plans to cut 22,000 jobs – BBC
  30. Coronavirus: UK sets guidelines for air travel– BBC
  31. Changes in air passenger demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis: using Big Data to inform tourism policy – Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  32. US to suspend passenger flights from China– BBC
  33. Ryanair plans to restore majority of its routes from July 1– TravelMole
  34. Thailand extends international flight ban – TravelMole
  35. Transport secretary promised EasyJet not to levy green taxes– The Guardian
  36. Coronavirus: Argentina bans commercial flight sales until 1 September – BBC
  37. Global air traffic could fall by 1.2 billion passengers – TravelMole
  38. Physical distancing will end era of cheap air travel, industry warns – The Guardian
  39. Coronavirus: Airports ‘at risk’ of closure as flights drop 90% – BBC
  40. Coronavirus: Quantas has plans for a year-long travel shutdown – Executive Traveller
  41. Virgin Australia slumps into voluntary administration – BBC
  42. Coronavirus: BA expected to suspend 36,000 staff – BBC
  43. Lufthansa makes ‘permanent’ cuts as travel plunges – BBC
  44. Airbus reduces jet production to cope with coronavirus crisis – The Guardian
  45. Coronavirus outbreak could cost world’s airlines up to $314bn – The Guardian


  1. American accused of ignoring Covid-19 quarantine to go on Bavaria bar crawl – The Guardian
  2. Passengers furious at airlines’ voucher policies in Covid crisis – The Guardian
  3. ‘Everyone was drenched in the virus’: was this Austrian ski resort a Covid-19 ground zero? The Guardian
  4. Race to track 200 people on flight after officials fail to tell airline of Covid cases – The Guardian
  5. Coronavirus: ‘Covidiots’ criticised on Tui quarantine flight – BBC
  6. Coronavirus: How to fly during a global pandemic – BBC
  7. Italy contacting visitors to Sardinian nightclub after COVID-19 cluster – The Guardian
  8. Staff in hazmat suits take passenger with COVID-19 off Ryanair flight – The Guardian
  9. Future of consumer rights protection in tourism post COVID-19: The road to international standards (webinar recording)- UNWTO
  10. French naturist camp hit by ‘very worrying’ Covid-19 outbreak – The Guardian
  11. ABTA orders members to refund Spanish holidays after Loveholidays and On the Beach refuse– TravelMole
  12. Coronavirus: Johnson urged to help out travellers stuck in quarantine – The Guardian
  13. ‘Unprecedented’ Hajj begins — with 1,000 pilgrims, rather than the usual 2 million – CNN Travel
  14. Berlin couple test positive for coronavirus after Manchester visit – The Guardian
  15. People returning to UK from Spain decry ‘unfair’ coronavirus quarantine– the Guardian
  16. Passengers told not to turn up too early for flights amid social distancing ‘chaos’– TravelMole
  17. Travel Republic launches Covid=19 insurance with hotel closure cover – TravelMole
  18. Travellers confused by inconsistent COVID-19 travel rules and advice across Europe– Hospitalitynet
  19. The virus will make everything you hate about flying worse – Bloomberg Opinion
  20. Travellers increasingly wary of flying, survey warns – TravelMole
  21. ABTA launches new travel insurance product – TravelMole
  22. ‘Refund us. Reform Travel’ campaign launches – TravelMole
  23. ROCK Insurance Group launches new COVID-19 travel insurance and cancellation products to travel trade – TravelMole
  24. Coronavirus: ‘Refunds unlikely’ if travellers have to self-isolate – BBC
  25. Agents refuse to book holidays for July and August– TravelMole
  26. UK travellers unable to fly to Greece as country reopens – The Guardian
  27. Long journey home: The stranded sailboats in a race to beat the hurricanes – The Guardian
  28. Passenger rights dogfight breaks out over Europe’s skies – Euractiv
  29. Travel firms face legal action over consumer refunds – TravelMole
  30. How can refuse a refund when travel is banned? The Guardian
  31. India coronavirus lockdown: Broke tourists rescued from cave– BBC
  32. All big UK airlines and travel firms denying refunds, Which? finds – The Guardian
  33. Backpackers allowed to extend stays in Australia during coronavirus pandemic, temporary visa holders to get access to super(annuation) – ABC News
  34. Former Thomas Cook CEO backs ‘It’s Right to Refund’ campaign– TravelMole
  35. Tourists sued after visiting holiday island with coronavirus – TravelMole
  36. 31 major insurers pull travel policies during coronavirus crisis – TravelMole
  37. FCO ‘indefinite’ travel ban prompts fear of mass cancellations – TravelMole

Section 4. Virtual tours and ideas to keep us inspired

Virtual tours:

  1. Exploring World Heritage from home with UNESCO – UNESCO
  2. Top 100 virtual tours around the world (2020) – Travel Trend
  3. KZN is yours to discover! KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority
  4. Evento virtual ‘Aves de San Martin – Ikam Expeditions
  5. The hidden worlds of the National Parks– Google Arts & culture
  6. A magical eco journey, right from your seat . . .Loola eco adventure
  7. Video series: #TourismStrong – GLP films
  8. Namibia – Conservation First – COVID Chronicles– Ultimate Safaris
  9. Dive in virtually to protect our oceans– UNEP
  10. Experiences TV: Hiking the Villarrica National Park, Chile – andBeyond
  11. Becoming a ranger – WILDchild TV
  12. Virtual field trips – Fuze Ecoteer
  13. Virtual shuttle tour at Zion National Park – YouTube
  14. Forget drones, let a remote control person guide you round the Faroe Islands – The Guardian
  15. Five-thousand-year-old Egyptian tomb opens for virtual tour – The Guardian
  16. 10 virtual tours of the world’s most famous landmarks– The Guardian
  17. 10 virtual tours of the world’s natural wonders– The Guardian
  18. 30 minutes of happiness from one happy island – Aruba (on YouTube)
  19. Coronavirus: How to see the world without leaving your home– BBC
  20. Can’t leave home? These 10 VR adventures take you around the world– Boston Globe
  21. safariLIVE – WildEarth
  22. Kids – WildEarth– WildEarth
  23. Wildlife and nature– Lonely Planet
  24. Listen to nature for eight of the US National Parks to stay calm and productive – Quartz at work
  25. Let the Amazon flood your living room: Sounds of Mamirauá – Ukari Lodge
  26. Visit, from home – Greecefromhome
  27. Best Sustainable Tourism Films of 2020 – GLP Films
  28. Online experiences – Airbnb


  1. Aquariums report wave of webcam visits amid COVID shutdown – The Guardian
  2. Since travel is off the cards (for now) I’m exploring the vast terrain of video game worlds– The Guardian
  3. COVID-19 Safari – Africa Geographic
  4. Virtual tourism in Africa takes off amid the coronavirus pandemic –
  5. Wildverse– UNEP & UNESCO Great Apes Survival Partnership
  6. Safaris go virtual as coronavirus hits tourism – BBC
  7. Acceptance of virtual tours during the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Survey) – GoogleForms
  8. Lockdown learning: 10 great ways to be ready for your next holiday – The Guardian
  9. 10 steps to help you take your kids on a virtual holiday – Traveltalk
  10. Virtual worlds: Can we travel without travelling? The Guardian
  11. Safari guides become unlikely stars as conservation turns to Instagram – Bloomberg
  12. 10 of the best places to revisit after lockdown – The Guardian
  13. We’re all paddling a first descent with the coronavirus – Rios Tropicales
  14. Birding is the perfect activity while practicing social distancing– Audubon
  15. Travalyst Coalition Announces Development of New Sustainability Frameworks to Help Travelers Find Sustainable Travel and Tourism Options –
  16. COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) vs tourism – The recipe for the world to come –
  17. Enjoy the magic of Airbnb experiences from the comfort of your home – Airbnb

World Responsible Tourism Day: 16th Amity International Tourism & Hospitality Conference, 25-26 September (online + free)

Screenshot Amity 2

Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism (FHT)
16thAmity International Tourism & Hospitality Conference (AITHC 2020)


25th – 26th September 2020



Registration for Day 1 and Day 2

Day 1: 25 September,  8:30 am India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30) – registration link
Day 2: 26 September, 10:00 am India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30) – registration link


Amity agenda

Webinar 17 Sept: The active role of protected areas for the restarting of the country / Il ruolo attivo delle aree protette per la ripartenza del paese

This meeting will be in Italian

Protected natural areas are a strategic resource for health and well-being and for overcoming the fragility of the territory, and they can also be an occasion for the Italy to restart. The conference will discuss with Federparchi and the Italian nature protected areas how the paradigms of nature conservation and sustainable design of the territory are essentials, considering the changes that have occurred with the Covid-19 emergency. Tourism, as an integrated policy for conservation and development and enhancement of the landscape, is an opportunity for the revitalization of natural parks and protected areas and of the territory in various territorial contexts, marginal and urban.

Le aree naturali protette costituiscono una risorsa essenziale per la salute e il benessere e sono risorsa strategica per superare la fragilità del territorio come presidio e occasione per la ripartenza del Paese. Il Convegno discuterà con Federparchi e alcuni parchi naturali italiani come i paradigmi di conservazione della natura e di progetto sostenibile del territorio siano essenziali alla luce dei cambiamenti intervenuti con l’emergenza Covid-19. Il turismo, politica integrata di conservazione e sviluppo e di valorizzazione del paesaggio, è un’opportunità per il rilancio dei parchi naturali e delle aree protette e del territorio nei diversi contesti, marginali, urbani.


Thursday 17 September from 14:30 to 17:30 (CET)

Angioletta Voghera
Polytechnic University of Turin, CED PPN-DIST, Community INU Paesaggio e biodiversità

Giampiero Sammuri
, The Covid-19 protocol for protected natural areas
Agostino Agostinelli, ParchiAperti initiative


Review of international cases
Anna Spenceley
, IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group Leader (TAPAS Group)
Sonia Anelli, Parchi del Ducato, STTfT – Sustainable Tourism: Training for Tomorrow
Sara Zappini, Director of Terme di Rabbi PN Stelvio, Trentino
Emma Taveri, Destination Marketing Manager and CEO  

The case of Parco delle 5 terre
Patrizio Scarpellini, Director of Parco delle Cinque Terre, Liguria
Dario Zocco, Director of Parco del Po – the strecht from Alessandria to Vercelli


Corrado Teofili, Paolo Pigliacelli, Federparchi, EUROPARC Italia, Gabriella Negrini, Luigi La Riccia, Emma Salizzoni, Benedetta Giudice, CED PPN, DIST – Polytechnic University of Turin

Read in Italiano

New MOOC Conservation session

The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Programme on African Protected Areas and Conservation (IUCN-Papaco) is running a new session of its online courses (MOOC) on nature conservation – protected areas being the specific target. These courses are online and free, and the fruit of a partnership between Papaco, Senghor University of Alexandria and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

When? The next session runs from 14 September to 13 December 2020.

What? Six MOOCs to choose from: Protected area management, Ecological monitoring, Law enforcement, Species conservation, Valorisation of PA resources & sustainable tourism and New technologies.

The Valorisation of PA resources MOOC includes 3 modules based on the IUCN Best Practice Guidelines on Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability – produced by the IUCN WPCA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group.

Students who complete MOOC exams with an average score above 75% receive a certificate of completion. 

For who? These MOOCs are specifically for Conservation professionals (park managers, conservation agents, rangers, researchers etc.), students, professionals wishing to develop new skills or change careers, to anyone who is interested in nature etc.

To enrol, follow this link:

Papaco presence

Le Programme aires protégées d’Afrique & Conservation de l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN-Papaco) organise une nouvelle session de formations en ligne (MOOC) sur la conservation de la nature, ciblant plus spécifiquement les aires protégées. Ces formations sont entièrement gratuiteset 100 % en ligne. Ces MOOC sont réalisés en partenariat avec l’Université Senghor d’Alexandrie et l’École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. 

Quand ? La prochaine session aura lieu du 14 septembre au 13 décembre 2020. 

Quoi ? Six MOOC sont proposés : Gestion de aires protégées ; Suivi écologique ; Application des lois ; Conservation des espèces ; Valorisation des ressources & tourisme durable ; Nouvelles technologies.

Une attestation de réussite est délivrée pour chaque MOOC aux étudiants obtenant une moyenne supérieure à 75 % aux examens. La validation de tous les MOOC peut conduire à l’obtention du Certificat en ligne en Conservation des aires protégées. Pour plus d’information au sujet de ce certificat, cliquez ici

Pour qui ?Ces MOOC s’adressent aux professionnels de la conservation (gestionnaires de parcs, agents de conservation, gardes, guides, chercheurs etc.), aux étudiants, aux professionnels qui souhaitent développer de nouvelles compétences ou changer de voie, au grand public intéressé par la nature, etc.

Pour vous inscrire, rendez-vous sur

Où trouver le Papaco : 

Video: The COVID-19 pandemic impact on nature based tourism

This presentation was made to the Global Environment Facility’s COVID-19 Response Task Force on 1 September 2020. This Task Force session aimed to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on nature tourism, with a focus on Africa. I was invited to speak about impacts globally, and in Africa, as context for their discussions. The video also shares information about how tourism sectors are emerging, and resources to guide doing so safely, and sustainably. I share the video in the hope that the contents will be useful to others too.

YouTube link here

Further resources can be found here

Social safeguard for protected area tourism in sub-saharan Africa: Request for input


The Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) of the European Commission has commissioned a study entitled “Strengthening and replication of ecotourism achievements in the protected areas of Sub-Saharan Africa” (Framework Contract EuropeAid/138778/DH/SER/multi, Specific contract 2018/404616). The company Prospect C&S is providing technical support to this study through a consortium led by COWI Belgium.

The European Union has been supporting the conservation of biodiversity in protected areas of Sub-Saharan Africa for several decades. Among the multiple actions supported, several have focused on the development of tourism as the main ecosystem service provided by these protected areas. 

A safeguard document is being developed to provide measures to protect indigenous and local populations from being harmed by tourism projects in protected areas in sub-saharan Africa.  Objectives of the safeguard include the following:

  • Guide the systematic social assessment of tourism project proposals in protected areas and their buffer zones.
  • Contribute to integrating social considerations into the decision-making process.
  • Help assess the possible environmental and social risks and the impacts (positive or negative) associated with a development intervention.
  • Help define measures and processes to effectively manage risks and enhance positive impacts.
  • Guide stakeholder engagement to enhancing the quality of project proposals and increase local ownership.

Request for input

Please get in touch if:

(a) you have examples of existing safeguard documents used for indigenous and local populations that could be drawn upon and cited within the new safeguard document (e.g. used in the tourism sector, used in protected areas).  

(b) you are a protected area manager in sub-saharan Africa that would like to participate in the consultation process (in English or French).

Contact: Dr Anna Spenceley –

Example of existing safeguard materials:

Screenshot Mural

Review draft: Visitation in protected areas in light of COVID-19: Guidance for protected area managers

IMG_20200706_122510267Recognising the importance of the contribution of tourism to protected area economies and conservation finance, this draft paper aims to give pragmatic guidance to protected area managers and authorities on operating tourism safely in light of COVID-19.  A series of hyperlinks to resources and to further information are provided.

The draft paper provides an overview of recommendations, but is not exhaustive, and each protected area will have different conditions and requirements to consider their approach.

The draft is being circulated for peer review, and welcomes input and comments to supplement the guidance provided, and additional links and resources.

To access the review draft, click here.  Kindly note that is a review draft, and is not yet designed, or for use or citation yet.

Please send comments to Dr Anna Spenceley at by Friday 14 August 2020.

For further information on the paper, please see this post.

Screenshot Niagra BBC

Niagara Falls tour boats show stark social distancing split – BBC


Screenshot 2020-05-14 at 10.50.35 AM


World Bank E-book: Nature-based tourism tools and resources

Screenshot coverBased on the “Tools and Resources for Nature Based Tourism” launched on 27/28 July 2020, the World Bank has released an e-book to help link people quickly to the resources (see snapshot below).

Stay tuned for release of the full report – available soon

Link to the e-book: Click here or use

Webinar recording from the launch: Click here

Access Anna Spenceley’s presentation from the launch: Click here

Screenshot WB 1

OECD Webinar recording: The Future of tourism in natural areas – impact, governance, financing

Screenshot OECD 0

Recording of the webinar on “The future of tourism in natural areas – Impact, governance, financing” organised by the OECD Trento Centre and TSM (Trentino School of Management), held on 3 July 2020.

Listen to the discussion recording on YouTube

More information about the initiative on my blog here and at

Screenshot OECD 4