COVID 19 and sustainable tourism: Information resources and links


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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 1000 resources which quick-links to people looking for insights and ideas, and has benefited from the contributions from many people.  I hope the list 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: 27 November 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 recovery– Policy and development responses
– Guidance for the operation of tourism in the wake of COVID-19 
– Funding and support
– Employment
– 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 intelligence– Market intelligence
– Economy and investment
– Conservation and wildlife tourism
– Resource libraries
– COVID-19
Section 3: Impacts on tourism and destinations– Impacts 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
– Airlines
– Travellers
Section 4. Virtual tours and ideas to keep us inspired– Virtual tours
– Articles

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. International business travellers could be exempt from UK quarantine – TravelMole
  2. Coronavirus pandemic: Germany seeks EU deal to close ski resorts – BBC
  3. Overseas holiday ban to be lifted for whole of England – TravelMole
  4. Governments take steps to save tourism from COVID-19 – Peterson Institute for International Economics
  5. UK urged to open up transatlantic corridors as ‘Covid-free’ flight arrives– The Guardian
  6. Travel corridors saved only one in 10 holidays, says ABTA – TravelMole
  7. Rebuilding tourism for the future: COVID-19 policy responses and recovery – OECD
  8. Covid travel ban for visitors to UK from Denmark – BBC
  9. The response of governments vis-a-vis the economic ramifications of SARS-CoV-2 – AIEST
  10. New York replaces 14-day quarantine with testing program – TravelMole
  11. Tourists in Thailand could be forced to wear mandatory health tracking devices – TravelMole
  12. Costa Rica removes PCR Covid test requirement for tourists – TravelMole
  13. Coronavirus resurgence: Commission steps up action to reinforce preparedness and response measures across EU – European Commission
  14. Canaries Covid test threatens bookings – TravelMole
  15. Covid-19: First UK airport coronavirus testing begins – BBC
  16. Coronavirus: Shapps aims for new test system for arrivals – BBC
  17. Quarantine for arrivals to UK may be cut to a week, says Shapps – The Guardian
  18. Wales to ban visitors from Covid hotspots elsewhere in UK – The Guardian
  19. Coronavirus: Australia opens ‘travel zone’ to New Zealanders – BBC
  20. More than 50% of global destinations are easing travel restrictions – but caution remains – UNWTO
  21. Ramaphosa to announce limited international travel, Level 1 – sources –
  22. Portugal back on quarantine list but Azores and Madeira spared – TravelMole
  23. COVID-19 related travel restrictions – UNWTO
  24. COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: An overview of government responses to the crisis – OECD
  25. UK Government flip-flopping over quarantine list devastates Portuguese tourist industry – The Guardian
  26. New Caledonia tourism ‘ethical charter’ coming – Traveltalk
  27. Coronavirus restrictions in your state – The Conversation
  28. Coronavirus: Portugal return to quarantine list would cause ‘chaos – BBC
  29. UK ambassador to Portugal warns: travel rules can change quickly – The Guardian
  30. Policy brief: COVID-19 and transforming tourism – UNWTO
  31. Brazil’s island idyll reopens to tourists – as long as they have had COVID-19 – The Guardian
  32. Coronavirus: Bali closed to foreign tourists until end of 2020 – BBC
  33. Bali postpones plans to welcome international travellers in September – The Jakarta Post
  34. Coronavirus: Quarantine rule kicks in after Saturday deadline passes – BBC
  35. UK travel firms say France quarantine move is ‘devastating blow’ – The Guardian
  36. Coronavirus: Portugal added to UK’s safe travel list as Croatia is removed – BBC
  37. Coronavirus: Brits returning from France will have to self-isolate – BBC
  38. Battered travel industry urges UK to rethink COVID-19 quarantine policy – The Guardian
  39. Officials crack down on Alaska-bound travellers crossing US-Canada border – CBC 
  40. COVID-19 travel advisories create tensions in BC tourist towns – CBC 
  41. Covid: 14-day quarantine for Spain to NI travellers – BBC News
  42. Tourism restarts: 40% of destinations have now eased travel restrictions– UNWTO
  43. COVID-19 related travel restrictions. A global review for tourism (6th report as of 30 July 2020) – UNWTO
  44. Coronavirus: Spain says outbreaks under control after UK orders quarantine – BBC
  45. Coronavirus: UK advises against non-essential travel to Spanish islands  – BBC
  46. Covid-19 crisis: Wildlife parks reopen in Rwanda for those free of virus – Hindustan Times
  47. Coronavirus government response tracker– Blavatnik School of Government & University of Oxford 
  48. Coronavirus policy updates – Mekong Tourism
  49. Travel corridors: Quarantine-free travel starts today from 59 countries– Independent
  50. Finally revealed: 59 countries where the 14-day quarantine won’t apply– TravelMole
  51. Restrictions on travel easing as Europe leads cautious restart of tourism– UNWTO
  52. Coronavirus: Dozens of countries not in UK quarantine – BBC
  53. Coronavirus: EU to allow in visitors from 14 ‘safe’ countries – BBC
  54. ‘Escape the pandemic in paradise’: Fiji opens its borders seeking billionaires – The Guardian 
  55. Thailand to lift international travel ban – TravelMole
  56. Thailand to target the wealthy tourist and turn away from mass tourism – Travel Tourism News
  57. Coronavirus: Ministers ‘reluctant’ to close beaches over crowds – BBC
  58. One Planet vision for a responsible recovery of the tourism sector (survey closes 15 July) – UNWTO
  59. Interactive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel regulations Map – IATA Travel Centre
  60. Dubai reopens to tourism on July 7 – TravelMole
  61. Aruba starts phased tourism re-opening– TravelMole
  62. Macau introduces subsidised tours for locals – TravelMole
  63. Turkey launches safe tourism certificate– TravelMole
  64. Australia ‘very unlikely’ to allow foreign tourists in 2020 – Financial Review
  65. Saint Lucia’s new marketing campaign to re-boot recovery– TravelMole
  66. Australia considering shorter COVID-19 quarantine for students and low transmission countries – The Guardian
  67. Coronavirus: France announces significant lifting of restrictions – BBC
  68. Rwanda sets new conditions for tourists – Taarifa
  69. Which European countries are easing travel restrictions? The Guardian
  70. “Sustainability as the new normal” a vision for the future of tourism– UNWTO
  71. Coronavirus: Council leader calls for coastal restrictions – BBC
  72. Hiking, hunting, game drives and more to be allowed under Level 3 – The Citizen
  73. Coronavirus: Cyprus to pay holiday costs of infected tourists – BBC
  74. Japan and Italy will pay for part of your trip – Travel Tourism news
  75. 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
  76. COVID-19: EU support for the tourism industry – European Parliament
  77. Coronavirus: Greece to reopen tourism season in June, PM says – BBC
  78. Spain plans to welcome foreign tourists by late June – TravelMole
  79. WTTC voices opposition to quarantine measures – TravelMole
  80. We will have summer tourist season, promises EU – BBC
  81. Vietnam races ahead of other southeast Asian countries in tourism reopening – Skift
  82. Further blow for holidays as Spain announces 14-day tourist quarantine– TravelMole
  83. Tunisia emerges healthy from six-week lockdown – Al-Monitor
  84. 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
  85. Policy responses to COVID-19 – Policy tracker– International Monetary Fund
  86. Thailand’s tourism industry to introduce post-COVID 19 health and safety certification – TravelMole
  87. Don’t reopen tourism too quickly, German foreign minister warns – Deutsche Well
  88. Speech by Commissioner Breton on “A Marshall Plan for European Tourism” -European Commission
  89. Government to ignore tourism in plan to reopen economy – Southern & East African Tourism Update
  90. Covid-19 Related Policy Shifts Supportive of Travel & Tourism Sector – World Travel and Tourism Council
  91. WBG support for tourism clients and destinations during the COVID-19 crisis– World Bank
  92. Covid-19: Tourism policy responses  – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  93. COVID-19: UNWTO calls on tourism to be part of recovery plans– UN World Tourism Organisation
  94. UNWTO launches a call for action for tourism’s COVID-19 mitigation and recoveryCall for action – UN World Tourism Organisation
  95. Tourism and COVID-19 – UNWTO

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

  1. General recommendations wile deliverying or participating in community tours – NTFIV Myanmar Inclusive Tourism Project
  2. Tourism industry standard protocols for COVID-19 operations – Tourism Business Council of South Africa
  3. COVID-19 and accommodation and food service activities: Prevention and control checklist – International Labour Organization
  4. Management of guest protocols toolkit – Namibia Tourism Board
  5. Tourism industry COVID-19 guidelines – Botswana Tourism Organisation
  6. Operational guideline with health protocol for tourism sector – Nepal Tourism Board & Government of Nepal
  7. Checklist for SG Clean Programme – Singapore Licensed Hotels – National Environment Agency Singapore
  8. Protocole sanitaire pour le tourisme tunisien anti covid-19 – Republique Tunisienne
  9. COVID-19 tourism operation manual for Palestine – Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
  10. Exmoor COVID-19 Tourism response and recovery plan – Exmoor National Park, UK
  11. COVID-19 statement – South Devon, UK
  12. COVID-19Be safe outside– National Parks, UK
  13. Rwanda reopens tourism with discounted gorilla permits and COVID-19 safety guidelines – Kariba Safaris and Tours
  14. COVID safe travel in Australia – Tourism Australia
  15. Quick restart guide for employers – International Chamber of Commerce
  16. Operational considerations for COVID-19 management in the accommodation sector: interim guidance – World Health Organisation
  17. Anti-contagion protocol for excursions in protected national areas (Italian) – Federparchi, RomaNatura, Campus Bio Medico University of Rome
  18. Member update: Korea National Parks Service response to the COVID-19 Pandemic – Asia Protected Areas Partnership
  19. COVID-19 in the Republic of Korea – Korea National Park service (KNPS) Response case – Korea National Park Service
  20. Visitor guide to camping during COVID-19– British Columbia Parks
  21. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)– Government of Canada
  22. Protecting funding for public health and equity– Advisor news
  23. Recommendations for the safe practice of trekking– Fundación Trekkingchile
  24. Resource kit for accommodations– Travelife
  25. Recomendaciones para una visita segura (video)– Corporacion Nacional Forestal, Chile
  26. #RecreateResponsibly– #RecreateResponsibly
  27. An ethics framework for COVID-19 reopening process– Johns Hopkins
  28. A note on re-opening: What’s safe? – IUCN WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group
  29. OARS COVID-19 general mitigation plan– OARS
  30. Managing Scotland’s parks and greenspaces during Covid-19– Greenspace Scotland
  31. Coronavirus/ COVID-19– Pairi Daiza 
  32. Guidelines for visiting 21 refuges in the Ecrins National Park– Fédération Française des clubs alpins et de montagne 
  33. COVID-19 interventions for the tourism sector– KZN Wildlife
  34. Conheça os parque que ja foram reabertos– Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio)
  35. COVID-19 Guidance for Parks and Green Space managers– Parks for London
  36. Reopening guidance: Considerations for the attractions industry– The Global Association for the Attractions Industry
  37. NPS Public Health Update– National Parks Service
  38. Federal Recreation Reopening Strategy Recommendations– Outdoor Recreation Roundtable
  39. Travel in the new normal: Industry guidance for promoting health and safety of all travellers– US Travel Association
  40. Restaurant reopening guidance– National Restaurant Association
  41. COVID-19 safety and social distancing graphics– National Parks Service
  42. Thailand DMC unite to create uniform health and safety standards ahead of tourism restart– Destination Mekong
  43. Tourism industry guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) – Victoria State Government
  44. COVID-19 update– Parks Victoria
  45. The Oceanic Standard COVID-19 reopening guidelines: Restaurant + hotel food service–  Oceanic Global
  46. ‘Safe travels’: Global protocols & stamp for the new normal– WTTC
  47. Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer public spaces – urban centres and green spaces–
  48. Response to COVID-19–  CFP people spaces places
  49. Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) –
  50. Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Parks Canada
  51. COVID-19– National Parks Service
  52. Guidance for administrators in parks and recreational facilities– CDC
  53. Using trails safely in pandemic in the wake of COVID-19 – Rails-to-Trails Conservancy 
  54. Approved industry COVID safe plans– Queensland Government
  55. Destinations sign up to WTTC safety stamp– TravelMole
  56. Travel industry guidelines for sectors re-opening in one place– Skift
  57. Adventure Travel COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines–  Adventure Travel Trade Association

Funding and support:

  1. White Paper on a GEF COVID-19 response strategy – Global Environment Facility
  2. Victoria unveils AUD465 million tourism recovery stimulus – TravelMole
  3. Kenya’s wildlife tourism, a casualty of COVID, gets a lifeline – Conservation International
  4. Tourism minister launches £1.3 million fund to support Destination Management Organisations – Gov.UK
  5. Parks departments face cuts, even as people have headed outdoors during COVID-19 – Marketplace
  6. UKinbound urges MPs to support tourism resilience fund – TravelMole
  7. Office of global partnerships: COVID-19 private sector engagement and partnership fund – US Department of State
  8. Call for partnerships – Business Partnerships Platform
  9. IDB announces results of its Beyond Tourism Innovation Challenge – MenaFN
  10. COVID-19 SOS Benguerra – andBeyond
  11. Be a conservation hero – Wilderness Safaris
  12. Uniting to support Africa’s rangers – Wildlife Ranger Challenge
  13. Coming together for Mara Naboisho COVID-19 appeal – Crowdfunder
  14. Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit – Gofundme
  15. TUI boosts liquidity with second government stabilisation package – TravelMole
  16. As the world contends with Covid, World Monuments Fund makes a bet on sustainable tourism – The Art Newspaper
  17. Randilen Wildlife Management Area Team – JustGiving
  18. Training centre for Malagasy tourism workforce – Global Giving
  19. The puzzle of COVID-19 tourism recovery funds – LinkedIn
  20. We’re raising £5,000 to Ride4Ranges and Mahenye Charitable Trust – Just Giving
  21. Renowned photographers unite to sell work in aid of Africa’s wildlife – Independent
  22. Turtle season crisis appeal – Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative
  23. Port Moresby Nature Park’s Wildlife Appeal – Gofundme
  24. Rapid Response Grants– Biopama
  25. SOS African Wildlife Rapid Action Grants – IUCN Save Our Species
  26. Support us– Kasanka Trust
  27. Campaign to help tourist guides in distress– Tourism update
  28. Tourism businesses campaign to pressure insurers to pay ‘business interruption claims’– Newsroom Africa
  29. Help us to hep our local conservation partners & staff get through this crisis – Coronavirus Appeal – Biosphere expeditions
  30. COVID-19 tourism recovery technical assistance package– UNWTO
  31. One Planet vision for a responsible recover of the tourism sector: from vision to action – a call for exemplary initiatives– UNWTO
  32. Small island destinations in critical need of urgent support as tourism plunges, UNWTO warns – UNWTO
  33. Make a donationThe Mara Triangle needs your help (video) – Mara Conservancy
  34. Thailand spending USD700 million to boost domestic tourism – TravelMole
  35. G Adventures pledges cash to support guides, porters and local communities – TravelMole
  36. Malaysia unveils RM1 billion tourism financing scheme – TravelMole
  37. 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
  38. Beyond tourism innovation challenge (closes 31 July 2020) – Inter-American Development Bank
  39. WA tourism businesses fear for future after missing out on COVID-19 grants – ABC News
  40. Food for Coffee Bay families during COVID-19 – Backabuddy
  41. Calls for proposals – Rapid Action Grants – IUCN Save Our Species
  42. COVID-19: Measures to support travel and tourism – UNWTO
  43. World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) COVID-19 tourism recovery technical assistance package – UNWTO
  44. Tourism Restart Taskforce – Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  45. Roots to recovery – is your recovery plan future-proofed? City Nation Place 
  46. Jobs and economy during the coronavirus pandemic– European Commission
  47. Leonardo DiCaprio joins DR Congo gorilla park campaign after attack- BBC
  48. Africa Foundation COVID-19 Campaign – andBeyond
  49. Africa’s tourism sector pleads for $10 bn in urgent relief funding– Club of Mozambique
  50. Project ranger: preventing a poaching pandemic – Great Plains Foundation
  51. Tourism in need – Tourism in need
  52. Book tickets for !Xaus Lodge and Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge relief fund – Quicket
  53. Tourism has crashed: Are carbon credits the future for funding conservation in Africa? Conservation News
  54. Publishing fund for researchers sharing findings on Coronavirus– Emerald Publishing
  55. Healing solutions for tourism challenge – (apply by 15 April) – UN World Tourism Organisation
  56. Coronavirus: Kenya sets aside Sh500 m to save tourism – Daily Nation
  57. 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. The future of adventure travel in the wake of COVID-19 – ATTA
  2. A community-based tourism dilemma: COVID’s ‘new normal’ vs ‘back to normal’ – The “Good Tourism” Blog
  3. Scottish tourism plans transformational path to post-COVID recovery – The “Good Tourism” Blog
  4. Building back better: Key trends & innovation areas: Part 1 Conscious travel – Smart Travel Lab
  5. Rebuilding tourism competitiveness – World Bank
  6. Global guidelines to restart tourism – UNWTO
  7. The tour operator’s survive to Thrive checklist– Tourwriter
  8. Machu Picchu reopens after eight-month Covid closure – BBC
  9. Tourism for Good: A roadmap for rebuilding travel and tourism – ABTA
  10. Unleashing the Blue Economy for economic recovery and resilience in the Eastern Caribbean – World Bank
  11. Covid: ‘Dark days’ for tourism in Wales, but some ‘sliver lining‘ – BBC
  12. The Maldives: Post COVID hope – Gia Discovery
  13. Iceland prepares for a comeback – New York Times
  14. Coronavirus advice for customers– ABTA
  15. Columbia sees its post-Covid future in ecotourism – Travelmole
  16. Caribbean tourism has been decimated by COVID-19. But the private sector can cushion the blow – World Economic Forum
  17. Israeli solutions for tourism in COVID-19 times (webinar recording) – UNWTO Academy
  18. Catch-up: COVID-19 crisis sparks innovation across travel– Africa Travel Week
  19. One Planet vision for a responsible recovery of the tourism sector– UNWTO One Planet
  20. Paving the way toward a resilient tourism industry: Responsible tourism for COVID recovery (webinar recording) – The George Washington University
  21. 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
  22. Initial TRINET responses to COVID-19 Tourism – Tourism Transformed
  23. Restarting travel – a guide for customers – ABTA
  24. Circular economy in travel and tourism: A conceptual framework for a sustainable resilient and future proof industry transition – CE360 Alliance
  25. Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) Tourism Resiliency Program – Mr Glenn Mandzuik (video) – The Living Earth
  26. 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
  27. Resilience and recovery of tourism communities – Tourism Webinar
  28. Guiding principles – Future of Tourism
  29. Ecotourism to bring post-COVID-19 hope for wildlife and communities in Northern Congo – WCS Newsroom
  30. Tourism recovery with Ecotourism Australia & WWF-Australia – Gaia Discovery
  31. Leaning Tower of Pisa among sites in Italy to reopen after lockdown– The Guardian
  32. Safe Travels Stamp– WTTC
  33. Galleries in Europe open doors as lockdown lifts – in pictures – The Guardian
  34. Exploring the resilience of southern Africa: Wildlife economies during a global pandemic (Webinar recording) – YouTube
  35. How coronavirus is driving a revolution in travel– BBC
  36. Reopening destinations face precarious task of pitching tourists to come this summer– Skift 
  37. Learning to walk again: 21 hopeful signs for reopening the travel economy – Skift
  38. Destination X – smart strategies to do right now (instead of making promo videos) – Phocuswire
  39. Ontario is right to open access to the outdoors for all, not just cottage owners – The Star
  40. Post-COVID-19: Positioning Africa – Ecotourism for Gabon’s diversification strategy – Ecofin Agency
  41. The future of Africa’s wild places – and why safaris matter– AFAR
  42. How travellers can help the hospitality industry – Conde Nast Traveller
  43. The safari industry is no stranger to hardship, but what will it take to recover now? CNN
  44. Spain and Germany deal blow to hopes of tourism revival– The Guardian
  45. How to price accommodation effectively post-COVID19 – Revenue Resolutions
  46. Financial strategies and tactics for adventure travel businesses during economic uncertainty– Adventure Travel Trade Association
  47. National disaster management in the ASEAN 5: an analysis of tourism resilience – Tourism review
  48. Small tourist firms in rural areas: agility, vulnerability and survival in the face of crisis – Independent Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
  49. Building leadership capacity: A framework for disruptive events in tourism – Industrial and commercial training
  50. The coronavirus will change how we travel. That will probably be good for us– NBC news
  51. COVID-19 – We need to play the long game – The African Safari Foundation
  52. 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
  53. A future template for resilience? How we can repurpose tourism and support local communities – World Travel Market Responsible Tourism Blog
  54. Now’s the time to start planning for business recovery– TravelMole
  55. Businesses looking to ideas for tourism recovery once COVID-19 crisis is over – Rocky Mountain Outlook Today
  56. Surviving COVID-19 through tourism resilience – Gaia Discovery
  57. COVID-19 and aviation: Survival, recovery and innovation – Skies
  58. COVID-19 blow is opportunity to upgrade tourism product– Farrugia Portelli – TravelWireNews

Opinions and think pieces:

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

Hotel, tour, destination and aviation responses:

  1. Venice to bring back entry fee for day-trippers to combat overtourism – CNN
  2. Egypt’s Giza Pyramids are getting a revamp to boost tourism – Euronews
  3. American, United Airlines ditch changes fees for international flights – TravelMole
  4. BA and American launch Covid testing trial on transatlantic flights– TravelMole
  5. British Airways to launch Covid testing trials for arrivals – BBC
  6. Viking unveils first COVID PCR testing lab at sea – TravelMole
  7. A new world of travel – Skyscanner
  8. Frequently asked questions: We’ve been expecting you – andBeyond
  9. Explore with confidence. Health and safety protocols – Linblad Expeditions
  10. COVID-19 safe: Health and Safety guidelines – Intrepid
  11. Travel with confidence – Explore!
  12. Guest arrival – Djuma Private Game Reserve
  13. Health and Safety Protocol – Jaci’s Lodges
  14. COVID-19 customer guidelines – Macs Adventure
  15. COVID-19 health and safety – Tsogo Sun 
  16. Safety first program – Albatros / Honeyguide tented safari camps / Zebra country lodge
  17. COVID-19 and beyond – Lush Private Game Lodge
  18. COVID-19: Your health and safety is our primary concern – More Family Collection
  19. We are ready. COVID-19 – Rockfig Safari Lodge
  20. Singita COVID-19 protocols – Singita 
  21. Opportunity in adversity – tropical QLD embraces domestic future – Travel Trends
  22. Doing good in the time of COVID-19 – Adventure Travel News
  23. Coronavirus travel: This country wants to charge you $3000 to visit (including the cost of your funeral) – Forbes
  24. Tourism Resiliency – Thompson Okangan Tourism Association
  25. Montañas, turismo y delincuencia ambiental en el post covid (Mountains, tourism and environmental crime in the post covid) – Natour Magazine
  26. Coronavirus: Keeping the virus at bay on S Korea’s beaches– BBC
  27. Struggling tourist destinations pitch themselves to new digital nomads as remote work locales– Skift
  28. Dream Cruises resumes sailing with social distancing dining concept– TravelMole
  29. Niagara Falls tour boats show stark social distancing split – BBC
  30. TUI Group tests waters with three-night social-distanced cruise– TravelMole
  31. Coronavirus: Tui warns against blanket quarantine measures – BBC
  32. Protecting African wildlife during COVID-19: How Wilderness Safaris is taking action– Forbes
  33. Top chefs back Tom Kerridge for calling no-show diners ‘disgraceful’ – The Guardian
  34. Immediate safety response and economic recovery effort through access and tourism – Department of Tourism, Vanuatu
  35. How big hotel brands have stepped up their hygiene game – Hospitalitynet
  36. Major cruise lines collaborate on Covid-19 safety strategy – TravelMole
  37. Walt Disney World reopens in Florida amid Covid-19 surge – BBC
  38. Thessaloniki issues smart traveler card for sustainable tourism– Greek Reporter
  39. 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
  40. How Covid-19 will change air travel as we know it – BBC
  41. Reimagining resources: Solimar’s response to short term technical assistance in a COVID-19 era – Solimar International
  42. Quantas group announces post-covid recovery plan and equity raising for a stronger future -Quantas News Room
  43. Delhi to transform 25 luxury hotels into COVID-19 centres – The Guardian
  44. TUI makes Holiday Promise as it announces restart date – TravelMole
  45. Tourism operators say things will look very different as Australia emerges from coronavirus – ABC News
  46. Intrepid Travel introduces flexible booking policy – TravelMole
  47. The Greek plan to bring tourists back – BBC
  48. Legal action mounts against quarantine – TravelMole
  49. Tourism industry doubles down to reassure travellers – Fin24
  50. BA refuses to meet Home Secretary over quarantine plans – BBC
  51. Coronavirus: Barcelona beach trip for recovering patients – BBC
  52. Greece to resume flights from UK on 15 June with strict rules – The Guardian
  53. From crafts to masks – andBeyond
  54. UK travel industry warns against ‘nightmare’ of quarantine– The Guardian
  55. Future air travel: Four-hour process, self check-in, disinfection, immunity passes – Forbes
  56. Sandals reopening next month with enhanced cleaning protocols – TravelMole
  57. Major airlines make face masks compulsory for passengers – TravelMole
  58. Kuoni launches new escorted tours for 2021/2022 – TravelMole
  59. Coronavirus: How will airlines get flying again? BBC
  60. With no tourists, Australian scuba tours are planting coral instead– Brightvibes
  61. Ryanair boss says airline won’t fly with ‘idiotic’ social distancing rules – The Guardian
  62. Crisis management: Preparing your hotel for Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Hospitality net
  63. COVID19: Industry efforts to support communities – The African Safari Foundation
  64. How to run a sustainable hotel in the Himalayas and how not to waste a good crisis – Sustainability Leaders Project
  65. NRL Island: Queensland resort manager reveals rescue coronavirus-hit season – The Guardian
  66. BA joins fight against Covid-19 – TravelMole
  67. US government agrees on $25bn bailout for airlines as pandemic halts travel – The Guardian
  68. Emirates starts rapid-testing passengers for virus before flight – Bloomberg
  69. Small planes and no business class: will flying ever be the same again? The Guardian

Top tips and best practices:

  1. How to respond to COVID-19 in the tourism sector – CBI
  2. How to manage risks in tourism? CBI
  3. 40 Ways to Take a Socially Distanced Trip – Afar
  4. Coronavirus battle plan: Marketing through the crisis – Tourism Marketing Agency
  5. Survive and thrive: A business plan for travel agents to win through the Coronavirus Crisis – Net Effect
  6. The tour operator’s survive to thrive checklist – Tourwriter
  7. Crisis Readiness – Jamaican Government, Global Rescue
  8. Recommendations for the tourism sector to continue taking action on plastic pollution during COVID-19 recovery – UNWTO
  9. Crisis management: Preparing your hotel for coronavirus (COVID-19) – Next Guest
  10. Tools and resources for nature-based tourismlaunch webinarpresentationdirectory – World Bank
  11. The journey back to recovery – resources to develop tourism sustainably – World Bank
  12. 7 key elements to develop new tourism experiences – Good Tourism Institute
  13. Coronavirus advice for customers– ABTA
  14. 7 considerations for successful hotel spas in a post coronavirus world– Hotel Executive
  15. Reef-world launches new Green Fins resources to help dive and snorkel operators navigate the COVID-19 crisis – Green Fins
  16. Crisis readiness: Are you prepared and resilient to safeguard your people & destinations? – World Travel and Tourism Council
  17. 10 recovery, health and safety recommendations for Adventure Travel from ATTA– Adventure Travel News
  18. 3 tips to emerge stronger – Adventure Travel News
  19. The ultimate crisis survival guide for hotels – Cendyn
  20. 5 Tourism Promotion Campaigns Hitting the Right Notes in a Crisis – Skift
  21. COVID-19 pandemic: Five ways towards resilience in tourism business – Gia Discovery
  22. 8 things travel companies can do during the Covid-19 pandemic – SCIVI Travel
  23. 15 Ways Kerala Is Fighting The Good Fight Against Coronavirus – Huffington Post
  24. Green Key’s top tips for tourism establishments to sustain their businesses before and after the Covid-19 pandemic – Green Key
  25. Best practices for founders in the wake of COVID-19 – Notion
  26. Covid-19 economic rescue plans must be green, say environmentalists – The Guardian

Collections of resources:

  1. Actionable resources for hotel survival – Sarah Habsburg
  2. Why tourism can never die – part 1 – part 2 – part 3 (webinar) – Eastguides West
  3. Sustainability support for accommodation providers during COVID-19 – Travelife
  4. Tackling coronavirus (COVI-19): Contributing to a global effort – OECD
  5. COVID-19 and travel: Impacts, responses and outcomes – Goodfellow publishers
  6. Tourism facing a pandemic: from crisis to recovery – University of Bergamo
  7. COVID-19 guide for the Adventure Travel Industry – ATTA
  8. Master list of all major international airline coronavirus change and cancellation policies – Forbes
  9. Coronavirus resource page – Mekong Tourism
  10. Sustainable tourism management in the post-pandemic reality – Europarc Federation
  11. IUCN COVID-19 resources – IUCN
  12. Tools and resources for nature-based tourism ebook– World Bank
  13. Working with the environment to protect people: UNEP’s COVID-19 response – UNEP
  14. Tourism – ready for recovery (4 course modules) – Griffith University Professional Learning Hub
  15. COVID-19 survival guide for the hospitality industry – Hospitality Net
  16. COVID-19 Response – UNCTAD
  17. COVID-19 Task Force: Resources for the tourism industry – The University of the West Indies
  18. Reset: Visions of travel and tourism after the global COVID-19 transformation of 2020 (free access) – Tourism Geographies
  19. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic – IUCN WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group
  20. OTS Webinar series: After the virus – On tourism & sustainability – YouTube
  21. Travelbiz: COVID-19 update– Big Volcano Visitor Guide
  22. COVID-19 and the tourism industry – latest update – The African Safari Foundation
  23. Coronavirus help! Tourmageddon
  24. Positive Actions– Resilient destinations
  25. Travel, tourism and hospitality in a COVID-19 world– Travel & Tourism Transformed
  26. Making the case for a sustainable tourism industry – Helpful resources for tourism stakeholders during this time of crisis – LT&C
  27. Coronavirus updates– Airbnb Resources Centre
  28. OTS Webinar series – After the Virus – Journal on Tourism & Sustainability 

Section 2. Market research and intelligence

Market intelligence:

  1. Travel ‘will take five years to recover to pre-Covid levels’ – TravelMole
  2. The impact of Covid-19 media coverage on tourist’s awareness for future travelling – Current Issues in Tourism
  3. Mass Tourism Will Be Roaring Back by Summer, Says Expedia CEO – Bloomberg
  4. Holidays in 2021 will be fewer, longer and closer to home – Economist
  5. Transforming tourism for a resilient and sustainable post-COVID world – Event summary – One Planet
  6. These could be the most popular travel destinations after COVID-19 – World Economic Forum
  7. Attracting tourists from Europe – CBI
  8. Safe, flexible and green: How post Covid holidays will be – Ecobnb
  9. Discover the might of our first Power BI travel dashboard – ForwardKeys
  10. Glimpses of recovery – travel sentiment survey edition 1 – Oliver Wyman 
  11. Our survey says . . . 95% hope to adventure overseas again in 2021 – Much better adventures
  12. Holiday trends 2020 – BVA BDRC
  13. Fast Facts: Traveller sentiment in the age of COVID-19 – PhocusWire
  14. How is COVID-19 affecting the top 10 global consumer trends 2020? Euromonitor International
  15. The travel industry turned upside down – Skift and McKinsey 
  16. COVID-19 outlook for air travel in the next 5 years – IATA
  17. A surprising new travel trend has emerged out of COVID . . . – Traveltalk
  18. Asia expects dramatic rise in ‘regenerative’ tourism – Nikkei Asia
  19. International tourism down 70% as travel restrictions impact all regions – UNWTO
  20. Smarter, kinder, safer: reveals nine predictions for the future of travel – Hospitalitynet
  21. The future of the travel agency business after COVID-19 – WTTC
  22. UNWTO finds COVID-19 will cost tourism US$460 bn in 2020 – Breaking travel news!
  23. Catch-up -Travel and tourism: Embracing transformation to move beyond Coronavirus – WTM Global Hub
  24. Travel recovery insights portal– Tableau public, The Boston Consulting Group
  25. COVID-19 tourism impact reports – Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
  26. To recovery & beyond: The future of Travel & Tourism in the wake of COVID-19 – WTTC
  27. Eight in 10 ‘will book with an agent in future’ – TravelMole
  28. Upward trends in one way travel and shorter booking windows – Skyscanner publishes new predictions report – Hospitalitynet
  29. The travel industry turned upside down: Insights, analysis and actions for travel executives (overview) (report) – McKinsey & Company
  30. UNWTO tourism recovery tracker – UNWTO
  31. Reviving tourism amid the COVID-19 pandemic – Asian Development Bank
  32. A-Z index of COVID-19 airport ratings – Skytrax
  33. What luxury travellers want during the new normal – Traveltalk
  34. UNWTO briefing note – Tourism and COVID-19: Understanding Domestic tourism and seizing its opportunities – UNWTO
  35. Insights on Filipino travellers’ sentiments on the new normal – Guide to the Philippines
  36. Understanding and shaping consumer behaviour in the next normal – McKinsey & Company
  37. For corporate travel, a long recovery ahead – McKinsey & Company
  38. How COVID-19 could impact travel for years to come – Q Costa Rica
  39. Latin America and Caribbean Travel & Tourism competitiveness landscape report: Assessing regional opportunities and challenges in the context of COVID-19 – World Economic Forum
  40. Travel 2040: Sustainability and digital transformation as recovery drivers (webinar recording)- Euromonitor International
  41. By the numbers: Tourism’s zombie season – Politico
  42. 1st Destination Mekong Summit: Balanced tourism recovery for a better future (webinar recordings) – Destination Mekong
  43. Tourism trauma and COVID-19 – IMF
  44. World Travel and Tourism Council Travel demand recovery dashboard – WTTC
  45. Beyond COVID-19: The road to recovery for the travel industry – Tripadvisor
  46. US packaged adventure travel segment to bounce back faster than the overall US travel market – Adventure Travel News
  47. European tourism 2020 – Trends and prospects (Q2/2020) – European Travel Commission
  48. WTTC/Carnival Corporation Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19 – WTTC/Carnival Corporation
  49. Market intelligence: UNWTO World Tourism Barometer– UNWTO
  50. New pandemic direction for international travel – Loop
  51. US tourism outlook 2020-2023: US travel is in deep trouble! eTurboNews
  52. Foreign tourists may be allowed back by January, local leisure travel by end-September – report – Business Insider South Africa
  53. International tourism and COVID-19– UNWTO
  54. There’s a plan to open up tourism in South Africa – including international flights – but no dates, and no certainty– Business Tech
  55. Ready for take-off? What do travellers expect from destinations?(webinar recording) – UNWTO Academy
  56. Global ‘state of the market’ study reveals when businesses expect to resume corporate travel– FCM Travel Solutions
  57. UNWTO: Cross-border tourism gradually recovering – TravelMole
  58. Australian Travel Status Map – Tourism Australia
  59. COVID-19 related travel restrictions. A global review for tourism (29 May 2020) –  UNWTO
  60. Airline policy tracker – Travelport
  61. Coronavirus travel updates: which countries have restrictions and FCO warnings in place? The Guardian
  62. Coronavirus Travel Impact Dashboard (Southeast Asia) – Pear Anderson
  63. Interactive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel regulations Map – IATA Travel Centre
  64. Bouncing back: Consumer views on traveling again (report) webinar – Flywire
  65. Over half of Brits want to fly overseas before end of year – TravelMole
  66. Fiji declares itself ‘Covid-free’ – TravelMole
  67. Beyond COVID-19: The road to recovery for the travel industry – Tripadvisor
  68. Traveling after COVID – RTA / SOLARE
  69. South Africa to remain closed to tourists until 2021 – The Telegraph
  70. Health experts cast doubt on UK hopes for holiday ‘air bridges’– The Guardian
  71. Africa suppliers see post-COVID trends working in their favour– Travel Weekly 
  72. Thailand doesn’t expect UK tourists to return until October – TravelMole
  73. COVID-19 and touristic demand: a mathematical modelling approach – Medium
  74. Attempting to profile the post-COVID 19 traveller – Adventure Travel News
  75. 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 
  76. Travelers willing to be screened and share medical history post pandemic – TravelMole
  77. Infographic: Survey shows shocking effect on tourism businesses in SA – IOL
  78. Global tourism could plummet by 80 per cent this year – TravelMole
  79. 100% of global destinations now have COVID-19 travel restrictions, UNWTO reports – UNWTO
  80. Policy responses to COVID-19 – Policy tracker– International Monetary Fund
  81. COVID-19– World Travel and Tourism Council
  82. COVID-19 response: 96% of global destinations impose travel restrictions, UNWTO reports – UNWTO
  83. COVID-19: Implications for business – McKinsey and Company
  84. COVID-19: Impact on Travel & Hospitality and Tourism – McKinsey and Company (weblink pending)
  85. COVID-19: Updated outlook and pandemic impacts – Tourism Economics
  86. IMPACTOUR: Europa Nostra launches consultation on sustainable cultural tourism – Europa Nostra
  87. Most travellers expect to travel within 60 days of C19 containment: Poll – Traveltalk
  88. Nearly half of all Aussies plan to travel domestically when allowed – Traveltalk

Economy and investment:

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

Conservation and wildlife tourism:

  1. Threatened species rely on ecotourism to survive. So what happens when the tourists stop coming? Huffington Post
  2. Adventure travel business impact monitor survey – COVID-19 (March snapshot) – ATTA
  3. Research reports for COVID-19 and tourism– Government of Kenya
  4. State of the wildlife economy in Africa report: Kenya country case study – African Leadership University, School of Wildlife Conservation
  5. Humpback whales seize chance to sing in Alaska’s cruise-free Covid summer – The Guardian
  6. Covid-19: Funding crisis threatens zoos’ vital conservation work – BBC
  7. These locked-down cities are being reclaimed by animals – World Economic Forum
  8. What the future of adventure travel looks like – Outside
  9. Nature-based destinations and the future of travel – Destination Analysts
  10. Monitoring World Heritage site closures – UNESCO
  11. Tourism collapse puts wildlife conservation in peril – CNN Travel
  12. Tourism collapse puts wildlife conservation in peril – CTV News
  13. Wildlife conservation feels the stress of coronavirus crisis – Arab News
  14. The COVID-19 pandemic impact on nature based tourism (video) – YouTube
  15. US-based Hipcamp acquires Australia’s Youcamp as travellers head call of the great outdoors – Skift
  16. Do safari companies really want African travellers? The New York Times
  17. African safaris are designed for social distancing, and experts say it could be a fight to book a spot for 2021 – Insider
  18. Spotlight on COVID-19 and Africa’s protected area tourism, English, French– European Commission, International Cooperation and Development
  19. COVID-19 and privately protected areas – a Survey (open until 27 July 2020) – IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
  20. Protecting 30% of the planet for nature: costs, benefits and economic implications– Campaign for Nature
  21. COVID-19 and tourism in Africa’s protected areas: Impacts and recovery needs– Trade for Development News by EIF
  22. EU Wildlife economy: sustainable tourism in protected areas study: Study on  COVID19, tourism in protected areas, local livelihoods, and conservation:
  23. Summer visitors to American parks choose safety over freedom to roam– The Conversation
  24. Visiting parks and recreational facilities: Protect yourself and others from COVID-19– Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  25. Parks and outdoor spaces: How did the number of visitors change since the beginning of the pandemic? May 26 2020– Our World in Data
  26. Coronavirus closures could lead to a radical revolution in conservation– The Conversation
  27. COVID-19: Drop in ecotourism sparks fears of increased wildlife poaching– Mothership
  28. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the safari industry (May update)–
  29. COVID-19: Sustainability and remodelling of the Wildlife Sector (webinar) – YouTube
  30. COVID-19: Impact assessment of COVID-19 on the South African Wildlife Ranching Industry– Wildlife Ranching South Africa
  31. Kuoni reports uplift in demand for 2021 bookings– TravelMole
  32. Coronavirus: Fears of spike in poaching as pandemic poverty strikes– BBC
  33. Poaching fears as the safari trade collapses– The Times
  34. Poaching threats loom as wildlife safaris put on hold due to COVID-19– National Geographic
  35. The worrying impact of coronavirus outbreak on the safari industry–
  36. COVID-19: protected great apes during human pandemics– Nature
  37. 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. National lockdown in England ‘would devastate hospitality sector – The Guardian
  2. ‘We had to get out’: Despite the risks, business is booming at national parks – National Public Radio
  3. ‘The whole place was a toilet’: Dartmoor reels from camping boom – The Guardian
  4. Staying positive and productive at new resort as a global pandemic takes hold – Hotel Executive
  5. ‘The worst of human nature’: UK staycationers’ trail of destruction– The Guardian
  6. The islands that want tourists as well as fish– BBC
  7. ‘Not much difference’: few takers on first day of hospitality VAT cut – The Guardian
  8. First UK night out of lockdown – camping in Northern Ireland – The Guardian
  9. “It’s manic that way’: seeking a slice of normality on Southend beach – The Guardian
  10. Major incident declared as people flock to England’s south coast – The Guardian
  11. Coronavirus: Spain welcomes tourists back as emergency ends – BBC
  12. TUI reveals summer re-start plans after operating packed flights to Majorca – TravelMole
  13. The “peoples show” goes on for Enga – Enga Cultural Show
  14. ‘It’s been a rollercoaster’: zoos in England relieved to be reopening – The Guardian
  15. Campsites face a summer of social distancing – The Guardian
  16. ‘It’s an exciting beginning’: Venice opens to tourists – The Guardian
  17. Covid-19: Greece quarantines all passengers from Qatar flight – The Guardian 
  18. What will hotel visits be like? Here’s your room-by-room look at the future – CNBC – Global Traveller
  19. Coronavirus: Alarm as crowds flock to European beaches – BBC
  20. Not a mask in sight’: thousands flock to Yellowstone as park reopens – The Guardian
  21. England beaches gridlock caused by cars ‘from all over the country’– BBC
  22. ‘Freedom’ for Greek beachgoers – under drone’s watchful eye – The Guardian
  23. Tourist hotspots busy despite coronavirus warnings– The Guardian
  24. Battered UK tourist industry anticipates easing of coronavirus lockdown – The Guardian 
  25. China tourism bounces back as millions travel for May Day holiday – TravelMole
  26. US national park reopening raise fears of coronavirus outbreaks – The Guardian
  27. Socialising tourism for social and ecological justices after COVID-19 – Tourism Geographies
  28. Hundreds flock to Florida’s reopened beaches as state death toll hits 726 – The Guardian
  29. Chinese tourist sites packed as country comes out of lockdown, but experts say risk still high – CNN
  30. 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. COVID-19 and the tourism sector – International Labour Organization
  2. The impact of COVID-19 on tourism – UNWTO
  3. Migrant workers in the tourism industry: The impact of COVID-19 – Centre for Global Development 
  4. Disney to cut 28,000 jobs at US theme parks – BBC
  5. Report: Tourism to Latin America hammered by COVID – AP News
  6. Latin America’s tourism sector grounded amid pandemic – Latin Lawyer
  7. As Covid-19 clobbers tourism, millions lose a lifeline – The Wall Street Journal
  8. ‘We can’t wait to welcome you to Nepal again’ – WWF Nepal
  9. Over 1.6 m tourists visited in 2019 – Namibia Tourism Board
  10. Global tourism lost £245 bn in five months due to coronavirus, says UN Chief – Independent
  11. ABTA says Covid crisis could claim 18% of UK travel sector’s jobs – The Guardian
  12. COVID-19 impact and policy responses in the Hindu Kush Himalaya – ICIMOD
  13. Tourist hotspots hit hardest in UK by Covid-19 unemployment– The Guardian
  14. Coronavirus: Spain races to save tourism as cases surge – BBC
  15. Coronavirus: How South Africa and Rwanda are coping without tourists – BBC
  16. With tourists gone, Bali workers return to farms and fishing – New York Times
  17. Mass redundancies expected in UK tourism, with wide scale lay-offs beginning next month – TravelMole
  18. Egypt desperate to revive coronavirus-hit tourism industry– BBC
  19. Queenstown: a tourist town with no tourists fights despair among stranded workers – The Guardian
  20. Small island destinations in critical need of urgent support as tourism plunges, UNWTO warns – UNWTO
  21. ‘Job-killer of the century’: economies of Pacific islands face collapse over Covid-19 – The Guardian
  22. Coronavirus will cost global tourism at least $1.2 trillion – UNCTAD
  23. Avec le coronavirus, le tourisme en Afrique affiche un manque a ganger de quelque 500 milliards d’euros – Le Monde
  24. ‘On our knees’: Kenya’s tourism revenue collapses– Reuters
  25. COVID-19 and travel: impacts, responses and outcomes (book) – Goodfellow publishers
  26. Tourism industry faces collapse as insurance companies refuse to pay COVID-19 claims – IOL
  27. Holidays still banned: South African’s only allowed to take day trips – Business Insider South Africa
  28. Hospitality industry is taking on insurers for non-payment of Covid claims– The South African
  29. Rapid socio-economic impact assessment of COVID-19 on Bhutan’s tourism sector – UNDP
  30. COVID-19 hitting tourism hard: What does this mean for the world’s poorest countries? Trade For Development News by EIF
  31. Impact assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak on international tourism (updated May 2020)– UNWTO
  32. Coronavirus outbreak: Caribbean tourism struggles as visitors stay home– BBC
  33. Tui warns of 8,000 job losses as travel firm faces ‘greatest crisis’– The Guardian
  34. Package operators ‘could lose five billion pounds this year– TravelMole
  35. Workers mauled by pandemic shock to wildlife reserves, national parks– Thomson Reuters Foundation News
  36. A town in Costa Rica faces an eco-tourism crisis– National Geographic
  37. Pandemics, tourism and global change: a rapid assessment of COVID-19– Journal of Sustainable Tourism (open access)
  38. ‘London is so strange and sad’: the sacked hospitality workers sleeping rough– The Guardian
  39. Mozambique – over 5,000 jobs lost in tourism and culture– AIM report – Club of Mozambique
  40. UK tourism hotspots could face worst of post-lockdown job losses– The Guardian
  41. COVID-19 and tourism in Georgia – early impacts and government response– Resilient destinations
  42. Soaring cost of COVID for communities and conservation– Impakter
  43. UK tourist attraction discusses the true impact of the pandemic– TravelMole
  44. Lockdown devastates Namibian tourism sector– Informante
  45. ‘It’s catastrophic’: Fiji’s colossal tourism sector devastated by coronavirus– The Guardian
  46. Coronavirus poses existential threat, says hospitality industry– The Guardian
  47. Coronavirus ‘could cost millions of tourism jobs’– BBC
  48. Nepal tourism hit hard as global coronavirus fears close Everest– The Guardian
  49. Coronavirus: Tourism in Thailand hit by Covid-19– BBC
  50. How hard will the coronavirus hit the travel industry? National Geographic
  51. COVID-19: Fear of job losses could make tourism indifferent to wellbeing– African Arguments

Impacts on the environment and wildlife:

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

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 Canada
  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. With vacation rentals empty, European cities see a chance to reclaim housing – The New York Times
  2. You may think that Airbnb is here to stay. Think again – You Lucky People
  3. Expedia and Airbnb bosses have conflicting visions about the future of travel – Skift
  4. restructuring will pare its workforce by up to 25 percent – Skift
  5. Airbnb sees uptick in domestic bookings – TravelMole
  6. Airbnb fires 1900 employees due to COVID-19 crisis– Greek Travel Pages
  7. TripAdvisor to lay off 900 staff– TravelMole
  8. TripAdvisor launches initiative to help NHS – TravelMole
  9. Coronavirus: Airbnb restricts UK bookings to coronavirus keyworkers – BBC
  10. Coronavirus: Airbnb,, update cancellation policies amid Covid-19 outbreak – Daily Post
  11. How the Covid-19 crisis locked Airbnb out of its own homes – BBC
  12. Airbnb hosts defy lockdown laws with ‘Covid-19 retreats’ – BBC

Accommodation, tours and restaurants:

  1. Restaurants and pubs call for help as 72% fear closing permanently – The Guardian
  2. Covid-19 causes collapse of up to 21 tour operators – TravelMole
  3. Covid-hit UK hotels unlikely to recover for four years, says PwC – The Guardian
  4. Ischgl: Austria sued over Tyrol ski resort’s Covid-19 outbreak – BBC
  5. UK hotels and restaurants hit by wave of cancellations – The Guardian
  6. Car hire firm collapses after ‘thousands of cancellations’ – TravelMole
  7. UK travel firms say France quarantine move is ‘devastating blow‘ – The Guardian
  8. Wine tourism reels from effects of COVID – Tourism Update
  9. TUI reports huge loss as bookings shift to 2021 – TravelMole
  10. TUI receives additional Euro1.05 bn loan from German bank – TravelMole
  11. Campsites and holiday cottage bookings for summer 2021 soar – The Guardian
  12. Accor’s pandemic shakeout includes shedding 1000 jobs, possible sale of iconic Paris HQ – Skift
  13. Hyatt CEO says China offers proof hotels don’t need a vaccine to recover from coronavirus– Skift
  14. Fingers crossed at France’s brasseries and cafes as tourist quarantines loom – The Guardian
  15. Why UK farmers are cashing in on the boom in rural staycations – The Guardian
  16. Holiday firm Tui extends suspension of trips to Spain – BBC
  17. Is the hotel industry about to self-destruct? Media exposes shocking hotel fails and growing guest distrust – Hospitalitynet
  18. Inbound operators face cash crisis as suppliers delay setting 2021 rates– TravelMole
  19. Caribbean hotels demand UK operators pay upfront after being left owed millions – TravelMole
  20. Sandals announces phased restart for all resorts – TravelMole
  21. Caribbean hotels demand TUI pays outstanding bills – TravelMole
  22. COVID-19 conversation: Southern African lodges, hotels and tourism – Vimeo
  23. Thai hotels seek government help as TUI Group defers payments – TravelMole
  24. Tsogo Sun to close 36 hotels as demand collapses– Eyewitness News (Reuters)
  25. G Adventures extends tour suspensions – TravelMole
  26. Luxury resorts face coronavirus crisis as the 1% flee cities for holiday hideaways – The Guardian
  27. Sandals hands over hotel to help recovering COVID19 patients – TravelMole
  28. ‘If the hotels go down, everything does’: the tourism hotspots hit by slowdown – The Guardian

Cruise ships:

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


  1. Emirates launches free multi-risk travel insurance – TravelMole
  2. Gatwick opens Covid test site – TravelMole
  3. American Airlines launching new Covid app – TravelMole
  4. Delta has now banned 550 passengers for refusing to wear masks – TravelMole
  5. Private jet bookings soar as wealthy flee second England lockdown – The Guardian
  6. Boeing to slash thousands more jobs through 2021 – TravelMole
  7. Nearly 200 airports in UK and Europe could go bust due to collapse in air travel – The Guardian
  8. EasyJet to make first annual loss in airline’s history – BBC
  9. Quantas ‘flight to nowhere’ sells out in 10 minutes – Independent
  10. Singapore Airlines takes ‘agonising’ call to slash 4,300 roles – TravelMole
  11. BA cuts more flights as demand flatlines again – TravelMole
  12. British Airways owner IAG to cut more flights – BBC
  13. WestJet cancels flight because of mask dispute with child – BBC
  14. Singapore orders airlines to set up isolation areas on planes – TravelMole
  15. EasyJet apologises for pilot’s threat to remove passenger for mask violation – TravelMole
  16. Nearly 1,000 Canada flights have carried positive COVID-19 passengers since February – CTV news
  17. Coronavirus: Qantas axes most overseas flights until October – BBC
  18. Challenging times ahead for the airline industry – Euromonitor International
  19. Coronavirus: Cases on Tui flight from Zante to Cardiff – BBC
  20. Flights between China and Europe continue to rise amid pandemic – Global Times
  21. Ryanair increases capacity amid rising demand– TravelMole
  22. Social distancing in the skies becomes a perk in post-COVID travel– The Guardian
  23. Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy as Covid continues to hurt airlines – The Guardian
  24. New Zealand travel bubble ‘on the back burner’, may not open until 2021 – Executive Traveller
  25. Emirates, Etihad passengers must take a COVID-19 test before flying – Executive Traveller 
  26. IATA says air travel won’t recover until 2024 – TravelMole
  27. Virgin restarts passenger flights – TravelMole
  28. How Covid-19 will change air travel as we know it– BBC
  29. Virgin Atlantic agrees £1.2 bn rescue deal amid coronavirus slump – The Guardian
  30. Hawaiian Airlines Covid-19 cluster grows – TravelMole
  31. Quantas pulls almost all international flights to March 2021 – Executive Traveller
  32. Coronavirus: Air France set to cut more than 7,500 jobs – BBC
  33. Sydney airport limits inbound passengers to 50 per flight, 450 per day – Executive Traveller
  34. Airlines under fire for jumping the gun as easyJet and Ryanair re-launch international flights– TravelMole
  35. Quantas to cut at least 6,000 jobs as part of coronavirus recovery plans, Alan Joyce reveals – ABC News
  36. Quantas cancels overseas flights until late October, highlighting airlines’ struggle for survival– ABC News
  37. Lots of distancing, no long-distance: Airlines cautiously return to the sky – The Guardian
  38. BA, Ryanair and easy jet launch legal action against quarantine– TravelMole
  39. German airline Lufthansa plans to cut 22,000 jobs – BBC
  40. Coronavirus: UK sets guidelines for air travel– BBC
  41. Changes in air passenger demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis: using Big Data to inform tourism policy – Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  42. US to suspend passenger flights from China– BBC
  43. Ryanair plans to restore majority of its routes from July 1– TravelMole
  44. Thailand extends international flight ban – TravelMole
  45. Transport secretary promised EasyJet not to levy green taxes– The Guardian
  46. Coronavirus: Argentina bans commercial flight sales until 1 September – BBC
  47. Global air traffic could fall by 1.2 billion passengers – TravelMole
  48. Physical distancing will end era of cheap air travel, industry warns – The Guardian
  49. Coronavirus: Airports ‘at risk’ of closure as flights drop 90% – BBC
  50. Coronavirus: Quantas has plans for a year-long travel shutdown – Executive Traveller
  51. Virgin Australia slumps into voluntary administration – BBC
  52. Coronavirus: BA expected to suspend 36,000 staff – BBC
  53. Lufthansa makes ‘permanent’ cuts as travel plunges – BBC
  54. Airbus reduces jet production to cope with coronavirus crisis – The Guardian
  55. Coronavirus outbreak could cost world’s airlines up to $314bn – The Guardian


  1. Travellers needed: Places where you’ll make a difference – Wanderlust
  2. Peru opens Machu Picchu for single tourist stranded by Covid – BBC
  3. Boots’ 12 minute Covid test warning – TravelMole
  4. Coronavirus travel insurance: who will cover me? Which?
  5. American accused of ignoring Covid-19 quarantine to go on Bavaria bar crawl – The Guardian
  6. Passengers furious at airlines’ voucher policies in Covid crisis – The Guardian
  7. ‘Everyone was drenched in the virus’: was this Austrian ski resort a Covid-19 ground zero? The Guardian
  8. Race to track 200 people on flight after officials fail to tell airline of Covid cases – The Guardian
  9. Coronavirus: ‘Covidiots’ criticised on Tui quarantine flight – BBC
  10. Coronavirus: How to fly during a global pandemic – BBC
  11. Italy contacting visitors to Sardinian nightclub after COVID-19 cluster – The Guardian
  12. Staff in hazmat suits take passenger with COVID-19 off Ryanair flight – The Guardian
  13. Future of consumer rights protection in tourism post COVID-19: The road to international standards (webinar recording)- UNWTO
  14. French naturist camp hit by ‘very worrying’ Covid-19 outbreak – The Guardian
  15. ABTA orders members to refund Spanish holidays after Loveholidays and On the Beach refuse– TravelMole
  16. Coronavirus: Johnson urged to help out travellers stuck in quarantine – The Guardian
  17. ‘Unprecedented’ Hajj begins — with 1,000 pilgrims, rather than the usual 2 million – CNN Travel
  18. Berlin couple test positive for coronavirus after Manchester visit – The Guardian
  19. People returning to UK from Spain decry ‘unfair’ coronavirus quarantine– the Guardian
  20. Passengers told not to turn up too early for flights amid social distancing ‘chaos’– TravelMole
  21. Travel Republic launches Covid=19 insurance with hotel closure cover – TravelMole
  22. Travellers confused by inconsistent COVID-19 travel rules and advice across Europe– Hospitalitynet
  23. The virus will make everything you hate about flying worse – Bloomberg Opinion
  24. Travellers increasingly wary of flying, survey warns – TravelMole
  25. ABTA launches new travel insurance product – TravelMole
  26. ‘Refund us. Reform Travel’ campaign launches – TravelMole
  27. ROCK Insurance Group launches new COVID-19 travel insurance and cancellation products to travel trade – TravelMole
  28. Coronavirus: ‘Refunds unlikely’ if travellers have to self-isolate – BBC
  29. Agents refuse to book holidays for July and August– TravelMole
  30. UK travellers unable to fly to Greece as country reopens – The Guardian
  31. Long journey home: The stranded sailboats in a race to beat the hurricanes – The Guardian
  32. Passenger rights dogfight breaks out over Europe’s skies – Euractiv
  33. Travel firms face legal action over consumer refunds – TravelMole
  34. How can refuse a refund when travel is banned? The Guardian
  35. India coronavirus lockdown: Broke tourists rescued from cave– BBC
  36. All big UK airlines and travel firms denying refunds, Which? finds – The Guardian
  37. Backpackers allowed to extend stays in Australia during coronavirus pandemic, temporary visa holders to get access to super(annuation) – ABC News
  38. Former Thomas Cook CEO backs ‘It’s Right to Refund’ campaign– TravelMole
  39. Tourists sued after visiting holiday island with coronavirus – TravelMole
  40. 31 major insurers pull travel policies during coronavirus crisis – TravelMole
  41. FCO ‘indefinite’ travel ban prompts fear of mass cancellations – TravelMole

Section 4. Virtual tours and ideas to keep us inspired

Virtual tours:

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


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

Preview: Handbook for Sustainable Tourism Practitioners – Due April 2021

This insightful Handbook brings together the practical guidance of over 50 international practitioners in sustainable tourism. Applying strong research design principles it provides a workable and rational toolkit for investigating practical challenges while accounting for modest timeframes and resources.

Expert contributors illustrate how to undertake environmental, socio-cultural and economic assessments that establish the feasibility of new tourism ventures and ascertain their impact over time. Chapters cover fundamentals including how to conduct feasibility studies and business plans, and address key topics such as visitor management and overcrowding. Offering how-to tools and step-by-step guidance, this Handbook combines academic insight with extensive professional experience to outline the best practices for an array of tasks to inform sustainable tourism planning, development and operation.

Incorporating concrete solutions employed in numerous contexts, this Handbookis crucial reading for practitioners of sustainable tourism and agencies commissioning sustainable tourism assignments who are in need of innovative methods and up-to-date guidance in the field. It will also benefit tourism scholars, particularly those investigating practical methodologies for creating sustainable tourism experiences.

Due for publication in April 2021.
More information about Edward Elgar handbooks:

Transforming Tourism for a resilient and sustainable post COVID world – One Planet event summary, materials & recording

The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest, very powerful wake-up call about the links between environment, economy and human wellbeing. The tourism sector is one of those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  How to rebuild tourism so that it supports the shift towards more resilient and sustainable communities? 

With this question in mind, UNEP brought together more than 350 participants from the wider European region and other parts of the world to discuss how to build back greener by applying principles of circularity, digitalization, innovation and cooperation. Tourism experts, representatives of  European governments, tourism institutions and international organisations, NGOs,  as well as academia shared their ideas and experiences on opportunities and challenges for a more sustainable tourism industry in a post-COVID scenario. The event provided an overview of the  impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector and examples of aligning recovery plans and investments with a transition that meets the objectives of health and safety, sustainability, climate action and biodiversity protection. The speakers highlighted the importance of policy coherence and public-private partnerships, as well as innovation through digital transformation. Many solutions are available and can be efficiently used through close collaboration and coordination among destinations, businesses, the local communities, visitors, policy makers, as well as investors. 

All information linked to this event is available in the One Planet Network website (including the recordings, documents and resources and quotes from speakers) using the link here.

To listen to this online event you can find the direct links to the recording here in English and here in Russian.

Election results IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group)

We have finalised the results of our recent TAPAS Exco elections, and please find the results below:

Chair: 1 candidate

95.7% of respondents were happy for Dr Anna Spenceley to continue in her role as Chair

Economics: 2 candidates

1st place: Dr Thiago Beraldo Souza: 65.2% of vote
2nd place: Dr Mahmoud Sarhan: 34.7% of vote

Biodiversity: 4 candidates

1st place: Dr Yu-Fai Leung: 80% of vote
2nd place: Dr Pranab J Patar: 11% of vote
3rd/4th place: Masotja Kunene and Angel Nieva Garcia: both with 4.4% of vote

Number of TAPAS Group members voting: 47
% of membership (674 people): 7%

Anna Spenceley retains her position of chair, Yu-Fai Leung retains his previous position leading the biodiversity group, and Thiago Beraldo Souza moves from knowledge development to economics.

Sincere thanks to the efforts of Barbara Engels, the outgoing lead of the economics group. Her coordination over the past years and initiative to establish the ‘Visitor Counts!’ guideline with our members leaves an fantastic legacy.

Many thanks to all the candidates for putting their names forward, and also thanks to the TAPAS Group members that voted.

TAPAS Group website
TAPAS Group Facebook page
TAPAS Group LinkedIn group

UNEP online event: Transforming tourism for a resilient and sustainable post-COVID world. 9 November 2020

Check out the programme and register here:

UN Environment Programme Anna Spenceley IUCNMarika Palosaari Jane Stacey OECD – OCDE Sergio Guerreiro Tim Fairhurst ETOA – European tourism association
#resilience #business #innovation #circulareconomy #digitalization #sustainability #partnerships #SDG12 #communities #buildingbackbetter #recovery #health #greeneconomy #climateaction @iucntourism

Webinar recording: GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference – 28 October 2020

This session aimed to discuss the potential new challenges arising from the COVID 19 pandemic for protected areas, lessons learned and the way forward in the form of a digital roundtable with participants from diverse backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints. There was a multifaceted discussion of highly complex political questions helping to draw action-oriented conclusions to inform protected areas discussions at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and CBD COP 15.  Based on the debate and suggested policy responses, a policy paper will be prepared for further discussion.

Webinar recording on YouTube (start at 5 mins 26 seconds)

Event website and Concept note

Online workshop: Social safeguard for protected area tourism in sub-Saharan Africa

Wednesday 11 November 2020 (English & French)

Prospect C&S, as a member of the consortium led by COWI Belgium, has been entrusted to conduct the study entitled « Strengthening and replication of ecotourism achievements in the protected areas of sub-Saharan Africa ». This study is financed by the European Commission, under the Framework Contract SIEA 2018 (EuropeAid/138778/DH/SER/MULTI).

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. The objective is to guide the European Union and its partner countries in the future actions of development of ecotourism in the protected areas supported in sub-Saharan Africa.

The current study focuses on development of a social safeguard document that provides measures to protect indigenous and local populations from being harmed by tourism projects in protected areas in sub-Saharan Africa. The social safeguard is based on international best practices – particularly from the World Bank Group, UNDP, IUCN and WWF – and is couched in the realities being faced by Project Affected Communities associated with protected areas across the region.  

A draft social safeguard document has been prepared, using international best practice materials and in consultation with protected area representatives in Central and West Africa. We want to ensure that the safeguard is relevant and applicable to sub-Saharan Africa, and therefore request your input to:

  1. Review the draft social safeguard document and screening template and provide feedback.
  2. Participate in an online workshop of protected area representatives and practitioners to review and adjust the draft social safeguard document.

The online workshop will be facilitated by Dr Michaela Pawliczek, and will take place on 11 November 2020:

English: Wednesday 11 November 2020: 9 am – 11 am CAT
French: Wednesday 11 November 2020:  2 pm – 4 pm CAT

To register for the workshop, please simply email before 2 November. The draft safeguard will be shared with those who are registered prior to the meeting for review.

We hope that you will be able to share your expertise with us, to ensure that the final document is as relevant, applicable, and useful as possible.

Dr. Anna Spenceley and Dr. Michaela Pawliczek

Tools and Resources for Nature-Based Tourism: New World Bank report available

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This report is now available online here through the World Bank’s Open Knowledge Repository

The sections in the report address many of the key issues confronted during the preparation and implementation of an NBT project. I can see myself going back to it again and again for information on particular issues at hand,” said Tijen Arin, a senior environmental economist with the World Bank who co-leads an NBT project in Nepal.

World Bank feature “The journey back to recovery – Resources to develop tourism sustainably

Related link: Launch event & e-book

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

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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

Urbanpromo Green 2020 Webinar recording: The active role of protected areas for the restarting of the country / Il ruolo attivo delle aree protette per la ripartenza del paese, 17 September 2020

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

Webinar recording (via login)
Read in Italiano