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

The resources fall under the following headers:

  1. Ideas to help resilience and recovery
  2. Market research and intelligence
  3. Impacts on tourism and destinations
  4. Virtual tours and ideas to keep us inspired

I will add to this page over time, and please let me know if you have links you think would be useful to add.  

For those re-visiting the page, newer resources identified are added at the top of each list.

Updated: 14 August 2020 

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: 

1. Ideas to help resilience and recovery

Policy and development responses:

  1. Battered travel industry urges UK to rethink COVID-19 quarantine policy – The Guardian
  2. Tourism restarts: 40% of destinations have now eased travel restrictions– UNWTO
  3. COVID-19 related travel restrictions. A global review for tourism (6th report as of 30 July 2020) – UNWTO
  4. Coronavirus: Spain says outbreaks under control after UK orders quarantine – BBC
  5. Coronavirus: UK advises against non-essential travel to Spanish islands  – BBC
  6. Covid-19 crisis: Wildlife parks reopen in Rwanda for those free of virus – Hindustan Times
  7. Coronavirus government response tracker– Blavatnik School of Government & University of Oxford 
  8. Coronavirus policy updates – Mekong Tourism
  9. Travel corridors: Quarantine-free travel starts today from 59 countries– Independent
  10. Finally revealed: 59 countries where the 14-day quarantine won’t apply– TravelMole
  11. Restrictions on travel easing as Europe leads cautious restart of tourism– UNWTO
  12. Coronavirus: Dozens of countries not in UK quarantine – BBC
  13. Coronavirus: EU to allow in visitors from 14 ‘safe’ countries – BBC
  14. ‘Escape the pandemic in paradise’: Fiji opens its borders seeking billionaires – The Guardian 
  15. Thailand to lift international travel ban – TravelMole
  16. Thailand to target the wealthy tourist and turn away from mass tourism – Travel Tourism News
  17. Coronavirus: Ministers ‘reluctant’ to close beaches over crowds – BBC
  18. One Planet vision for a responsible recovery of the tourism sector (survey closes 15 July) – UNWTO
  19. Interactive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel regulations Map – IATA Travel Centre
  20. Dubai reopens to tourism on July 7 – TravelMole
  21. Aruba starts phased tourism re-opening– TravelMole
  22. Macau introduces subsidised tours for locals – TravelMole
  23. Turkey launches safe tourism certificate– TravelMole
  24. Australia ‘very unlikely’ to allow foreign tourists in 2020 – Financial Review
  25. Saint Lucia’s new marketing campaign to re-boot recovery– TravelMole
  26. Australia considering shorter COVID-19 quarantine for students and low transmission countries – The Guardian
  27. Coronavirus: France announces significant lifting of restrictions – BBC
  28. Rwanda sets new conditions for tourists – Taarifa
  29. Which European countries are easing travel restrictions? The Guardian
  30. “Sustainability as the new normal” a vision for the future of tourism– UNWTO
  31. Coronavirus: Council leader calls for coastal restrictions – BBC
  32. Hiking, hunting, game drives and more to be allowed under Level 3 – The Citizen
  33. Coronavirus: Cyprus to pay holiday costs of infected tourists – BBC
  34. Japan and Italy will pay for part of your trip – Travel Tourism news
  35. 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
  36. COVID-19: EU support for the tourism industry – European Parliament
  37. Coronavirus: Greece to reopen tourism season in June, PM says – BBC
  38. Spain plans to welcome foreign tourists by late June – TravelMole
  39. WTTC voices opposition to quarantine measures – TravelMole
  40. We will have summer tourist season, promises EU – BBC
  41. Vietnam races ahead of other southeast Asian countries in tourism reopening – Skift
  42. Further blow for holidays as Spain announces 14-day tourist quarantine– TravelMole
  43. Tunisia emerges healthy from six-week lockdown – Al-Monitor
  44. 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
  45. Policy responses to COVID-19 – Policy tracker– International Monetary Fund
  46. Thailand’s tourism industry to introduce post-COVID 19 health and safety certification – TravelMole
  47. Don’t reopen tourism too quickly, German foreign minister warns – Deutsche Well
  48. Speech by Commissioner Breton on “A Marshall Plan for European Tourism” -European Commission
  49. Government to ignore tourism in plan to reopen economy – Southern & East African Tourism Update
  50. Covid-19 Related Policy Shifts Supportive of Travel & Tourism Sector – World Travel and Tourism Council
  51. WBG support for tourism clients and destinations during the COVID-19 crisis– World Bank
  52. Covid-19: Tourism policy responses  – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  53. COVID-19: UNWTO calls on tourism to be part of recovery plans– UN World Tourism Organisation
  54. UNWTO launches a call for action for tourism’s COVID-19 mitigation and recoveryCall for action – UN World Tourism Organisation
  55. Tourism and COVID-19 – UNWTO
  56. Introduce flexible policies to encourage future bookings, says marketing guru – TravelMole
  57. Coronavirus closures of Asian elephant camps offer respite to pursue reforms – Skift

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

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

Funding & support: 

  1. Port Moresby Nature Park’s Wildlife Appeal – Gofundme
  2. Rapid Response Grants– Biopama
  3. SOS African Wildlife Rapid Action Grants – IUCN Save Our Species
  4. Support us– Kasanka Trust
  5. Beyond tourism innovation challenge (open until 31 July 2020) – Inter-American Development Bank
  6. Campaign to help tourist guides in distress– Tourism update
  7. Tourism businesses campaign to pressure insurers to pay ‘business interruption claims’– Newsroom Africa
  8. Help us to hep our local conservation partners & staff get through this crisis – Coronavirus Appeal – Biosphere expeditions
  9. COVID-19 tourism recovery technical assistance package– UNWTO
  10. One Planet vision for a responsible recover of the tourism sector: from vision to action – a call for exemplary initiatives– UNWTO
  11. Small island destinations in critical need of urgent support as tourism plunges, UNWTO warns – UNWTO
  12. Make a donationThe Mara Triangle needs your help (video) – Mara Conservancy
  13. Thailand spending USD700 million to boost domestic tourism – TravelMole
  14. G Adventures pledges cash to support guides, porters and local communities – TravelMole
  15. Malaysia unveils RM1 billion tourism financing scheme – TravelMole
  16. 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
  17. Beyond tourism innovation challenge (closes 31 July 2020) – Inter-American Development Bank
  18. WA tourism businesses fear for future after missing out on COVID-19 grants – ABC News
  19. Food for Coffee Bay families during COVID-19 – Backabuddy
  20. Calls for proposals – Rapid Action Grants – IUCN Save Our Species
  21. COVID-19: Measures to support travel and tourism – UNWTO
  22. World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) COVID-19 tourism recovery technical assistance package – UNWTO
  23. Tourism Restart Taskforce – Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  24. Roots to recovery – is your recovery plan future-proofed? City Nation Place 
  25. Jobs and economy during the coronavirus pandemic– European Commission
  26. Leonardo DiCaprio joins DR Congo gorilla park campaign after attack- BBC
  27. Africa Foundation COVID-19 Campaign – andBeyond
  28. Africa’s tourism sector pleads for $10 bn in urgent relief funding– Club of Mozambique
  29. Project ranger: preventing a poaching pandemic – Great Plains Foundation
  30. Tourism in need – Tourism in need
  31. Book tickets for !Xaus Lodge and Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge relief fund – Quicket
  32. Tourism has crashed: Are carbon credits the future for funding conservation in Africa? Conservation News
  33. Publishing fund for researchers sharing findings on Coronavirus– Emerald Publishing
  34. Healing solutions for tourism challenge – (apply by 15 April) – UN World Tourism Organisation
  35. Coronavirus: Kenya sets aside Sh500 m to save tourism – Daily Nation
  36. 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 & recovery:

  1. Catch-up: COVID-19 crisis sparks innovation across travel– Africa Travel Week
  2. One Planet vision for a responsible recovery of the tourism sector– UNWTO One Planet
  3. Paving the way toward a resilient tourism industry: Responsible tourism for COVID recovery (webinar recording) – The George Washington University
  4. 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
  5. Initial TRINET responses to COVID-19 Tourism – Tourism Transformed
  6. Restarting travel – a guide for customers – ABTA
  7. Circular economy in travel and tourism: A conceptual framework for a sustainable resilient and future proof industry transition – CE360 Alliance
  8. Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) Tourism Resiliency Program – Mr Glenn Mandzuik (video) – The Living Earth
  9. 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
  10. Resilience and recovery of tourism communities – Tourism Webinar
  11. Guiding principles – Future of Tourism
  12. Ecotourism to bring post-COVID-19 hope for wildlife and communities in Northern Congo – WCS Newsroom
  13. Tourism recovery with Ecotourism Australia & WWF-Australia – Gaia Discovery
  14. Leaning Tower of Pisa among sites in Italy to reopen after lockdown– The Guardian
  15. Safe Travels Stamp– WTTC
  16. Galleries in Europe open doors as lockdown lifts – in pictures – The Guardian
  17. Exploring the resilience of southern Africa: Wildlife economies during a global pandemic (Webinar recording) – YouTube
  18. How coronavirus is driving a revolution in travel– BBC
  19. Reopening destinations face precarious task of pitching tourists to come this summer– Skift 
  20. Learning to walk again: 21 hopeful signs for reopening the travel economy – Skift
  21. Destination X – smart strategies to do right now (instead of making promo videos) – Phocuswire
  22. Ontario is right to open access to the outdoors for all, not just cottage owners – The Star
  23. Post-COVID-19: Positioning Africa – Ecotourism for Gabon’s diversification strategy – Ecofin Agency
  24. The future of Africa’s wild places – and why safaris matter– AFAR
  25. How travellers can help the hospitality industry – Conde Nast Traveller
  26. The safari industry is no stranger to hardship, but what will it take to recover now? CNN
  27. Spain and Germany deal blow to hopes of tourism revival– The Guardian
  28. How to price accommodation effectively post-COVID19 – Revenue Resolutions
  29. Financial strategies and tactics for adventure travel businesses during economic uncertainty– Adventure Travel Trade Association
  30. National disaster management in the ASEAN 5: an analysis of tourism resilience – Tourism review
  31. Small tourist firms in rural areas: agility, vulnerability and survival in the face of crisis – Independent Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
  32. Building leadership capacity: A framework for disruptive events in tourism – Industrial and commercial training
  33. The coronavirus will change how we travel. That will probably be good for us– NBC news
  34. COVID-19 – We need to play the long game – The African Safari Foundation
  35. 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
  36. A future template for resilience? How we can repurpose tourism and support local communities – World Travel Market Responsible Tourism Blog
  37. Now’s the time to start planning for business recovery– TravelMole
  38. Businesses looking to ideas for tourism recovery once COVID-19 crisis is over – Rocky Mountain Outlook Today
  39. Surviving COVID-19 through tourism resilience – Gaia Discovery
  40. COVID-19 and aviation: Survival, recovery and innovation – Skies
  41. COVID-19 blow is opportunity to upgrade tourism product– Farrugia Portelli – TravelWireNews

Opinions and think pieces:

  1. Travel and tourism: Embracing transformation to move beyond coronavirus (Webinar recording) –WTM Global Hub
  2. Rethinking sustainability in the middle of a pandemic – Forbes
  3. Polar perspectives no. 1: Is it time for a paradigm shift in how Antarctic tourism is controlled? Polar Institute
  4. Recommendations for the tourism sector to continue taking action on plastic pollution during COVID-19 recovery– Travelife
  5. Travalyst Global Summit (webinar recording) – Travalyst
  6. How to encourage destination communities to embrace tourism during and after the pandemic – Sustainability Leaders Project
  7. Two ways to help revive tourism in Asia and Pacific– Asian Development Blog
  8. Will business travel ever be the same? – BBC
  9. Reimagining the $9 trillion tourism economy – what will it take?- McKinsey & Company
  10. What will travel look like in a post-coronavirus world? Africa Travel Week
  11. Unless we take these steps, UK quarantine restrictions against Spain will do more harm than good– The Independent
  12. Will the sustainable travel movement survive coronavirus? National Geographic
  13. UNWTO, Once Foundation and ENAT call for the reopening of tourism destinations to cater for the needs of people with disabilities– UNWTO
  14. Tools and resources for nature-based tourism (presentation) – World Bank 
  15. Increasing financial resiliency for PAs and KBAs (webinar recording) – UNDP Biofin, Philippine Parks and Biodiversity
  16. Beyond banning wildlife trade: COVID-19, conservation and development– World Development
  17. Steps towards a smarter lockdown: Game lodges – Daily Maverick
  18. How to be a sustainable traveller during times of crisis – Impact Travel Alliance
  19. Conserving Africa’s wildlife and woodlands through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond– Nature ecology and evolution
  20. What is the idea of resilience for tourism business? Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda
  21. Tourism in SIDS: the challenge of sustaining livelihoods in times of COVID-19 – UNWTO
  22. 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
  23. Eco-tourism is the way of the post-COVID future for the ‘blue’ Pacific – Scoop
  24. Make it better, not just safer: The opportunity to reinvent travel – McKinsey & Company
  25. The end of tourism? – podcast – The Guardian
  26. A Marshall Plan for tourism: Can it be built? EplerWood International
  27. With crisis comes opportunity: Will elephant-based tourism reset itself post COVID-19? Mekong Tourism
  28. COVID-19: Tourism updated – University of South Carolina
  29. The new normal? Travel in the world of COVID-19 – BBC
  30. Tourism recovery vs. destination sustainability: How to find the right balance post-COVID-19 – Sustainability Leaders Project
  31. Intra-African travel ‘vital’ for post-COVID recoverywebinar recording – Tourism Update
  32. If you can’t go far, go local! Ecotourism world
  33. Is wildlife tourism essential? Conde Nast Traveller
  34. We must not miss this glorious chance to address the climate and biodiversity crisis– The Guardian
  35. COVID-19: A stress test for sustainable development in hospitality?Hospitality Net
  36. Airbnb CEO says travel will never, ever go back to the way it was – Travel Tourism news
  37. Sustainability & tourism post COVID-19 (webinar recording) – presentation– Florida International University
  38. Invest in the green economy and we’ll recover from the Covid-19 crisis – The Guardian
  39. As tourism restarts, our responsibilities remain – UNWTO
  40. How tourist destinations can rebuild after coronavirus – Travel Tourism News
  41. DestinAsian Virtual Roundtable 3: Sustainable travel in a post-pandemic world (webinar recording) – DestinAsian Magazine
  42. How will tourism in LMICs change post-COVID? Devex
  43. Southeast Asia Tourism, COVID-19 and silver linings? (webinar recording) YouTube
  44. World, Changed? Mundo, Transformado? Global Ecotourism Network
  45. The COVID-19 crisis: Opportunities for sustainable and proximity tourism– Tourism Geographies (open access)
  46. 6th Mekong Tourism Strategy roundtable_Geoffrey Lipman-16 June 2020 – Mekong Tourism
  47. Tourism and COVID 19 (webinar recording)– World Trade Organisation – YouTube
  48. “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
  49. UN World Tourism Organisation urged to create a better future for animals– World Animal Protection
  50. Moving towards a more ‘future fit’ industry (webinar recording)– We Are Africa
  51. 12 industry experts predict the future of travel after the coronavirus crisis, from tackling climate change to greater accessibility – iNews
  52. 7 ways travel MUST change after coronavirus – Fodor’s Travel
  53. Tripadvisor Talk: How will the perception of sustainability and sustainable tourism evolve after COVID-19?Facebook, Instagram and YouTube
  54. ‘Things have to change’: tourism businesses look to a greener future – The Guardian
  55. (Immediate) future of tourism in the wake of relaxing SARS-CoV-2 shutdowns: Small steps to a temporary new ‘normal‘ – AIEST 
  56. Protected area management and COVID-19 (webinar recording) – Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group – Facebook
  57. When will we start dreaming our next trip again? Medium
  58. Campfire chat: Judy Kepher-Gona – Adventure Travel News
  59. What we are losing, what we are learning: Early reflections from Bolivia on the COVID-19 pandemic – Adventure Travel News
  60. Can resorts survive the pandemic? A view from some of the most beautiful places on earth. Tripadvisor talk – Facebook
  61. Will travel change after coronavirus? Here’s what experts have to say (Video)– Travel + Leisure
  62. Responsible travel is key to driving travel industry recovery in a post lockdown world reveals FINN Partners webinar – TravelMole
  63. Turn down the volume: How to plan for a sustainable tourism recovery after C-19 – The “Good Tourism” Blog
  64. Travel and tourism predictions: What might the future hold? eTurboNews
  65. Is tourism a viable livelihood option? (Webinar recording)– Equations – Equitable Tourism Options
  66. Social distancing at airports won’t work, warns Heathrow boss – TravelMole
  67. Coronavirus: What global travel may look like ahead of a vaccine – BBC
  68. Tourism and travel business in post COVID-19 will not be easy but opportunities abound – Hersi – Voyages Afriq
  69. New calm created by coronavirus offers southeast Asia chance to redo sustainable tourism – Skift
  70. Business recovery in the tourism sector – Call to action – Responsible Tourism Institute
  71. When can we travel again? Experts share their predictions – Los Angeles Times
  72. Coronavirus crisis: Online ad giants should help tourism in its hour of need – Hospitalitynet
  73. Is ecotourism the solution to conservation after COVID-19? Medium
  74. How can we be sustainable post-Covid 19? BBC
  75. When will our national parks reopen?  Forbes
  76. Tourism may be one of the worst-hit sectors and bouncing back is not going to be easy – Business Maverick
  77. What travel companies will need to know about consumer mindset post-crisis– Skift
  78. What kind of holidays will we take when we can travel again? – Condé Nast Traveller
  79. How will your clients travel after the pandemic? TravelMole
  80. When can we go on an adventure again? Forbes
  81. Corona-crisis: A Destination Management Opportunity – Destination Stewardship Centre
  82. How tourism leaders should respond to the impacts of COVID-19 – Solimar International
  83. Corona pandemic: What it means for the sustainable tourism community – Sustainability Leaders Project
  84. World, interrupted – Global Ecotourism Network
  85. Why relaunching tourism can only be the last step after bringing back the economy?eTurboNews
  86. Preparing for the future of tourism in a post-COVID-19 world – Ketchum
  87. Promoting tourism in the time of coronavirus is a no-win – Skift
  88. As we sit out COVID-19, let’s think about a fair & fail-safe treatment or vaccine for overtourism – The “Good Tourism” blog
  89. You will travel after COVID-19 – but it won’t be the same – PhocusWire
  90. Pandemic lessons from an Antarctic cruise find their way home – The Washington Post
  91. Aquaterra Adventures’ Vaibhav Kala on the biggest challenge he and all of tourism is facing – Responsible Tourism India
  92. Business recovery in the tourism sector – call to action – Responsible Tourism Institute
  93. The 7 stages to the “new normal” in travel – PhocusWire

Hotel, tour, destination and aviation responses:

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

Top tips & best practices:

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

Collections of resources:

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

2. Market research and intelligence

Market intelligence:

  1. Beyond COVID-19: The road to recovery for the travel industry – Tripadvisor
  2. US packaged adventure travel segment to bounce back faster than the overall US travel market – Adventure Travel News
  3. European tourism 2020 – Trends and prospects (Q2/2020) – European Travel Commission
  4. Coronavirus advice for customers– ABTA
  5. WTTC/Carnival Corporation Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19 – WTTC/Carnival Corporation
  6. Market intelligence: UNWTO World Tourism Barometer– UNWTO
  7. New pandemic direction for international travel – Loop
  8. US tourism outlook 2020-2023: US travel is in deep trouble! eTurboNews
  9. Foreign tourists may be allowed back by January, local leisure travel by end-September – report – Business Insider South Africa
  10. International tourism and COVID-19– UNWTO
  11. There’s a plan to open up tourism in South Africa – including international flights – but no dates, and no certainty– Business Tech
  12. Ready for take-off? What do travellers expect from destinations?(webinar recording) – UNWTO Academy
  13. Global ‘state of the market’ study reveals when businesses expect to resume corporate travel– FCM Travel Solutions
  14. UNWTO: Cross-border tourism gradually recovering – TravelMole
  15. Australian Travel Status Map – Tourism Australia
  16. COVID-19 related travel restrictions. A global review for tourism (29 May 2020) –  UNWTO
  17. Airline policy tracker – Travelport
  18. Coronavirus travel updates: which countries have restrictions and FCO warnings in place? The Guardian
  19. Coronavirus Travel Impact Dashboard (Southeast Asia) – Pear Anderson
  20. Interactive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel regulations Map – IATA Travel Centre
  21. Bouncing back: Consumer views on traveling again (report) webinar – Flywire
  22. Over half of Brits want to fly overseas before end of year – TravelMole
  23. Fiji declares itself ‘Covid-free’ – TravelMole
  24. Beyond COVID-19: The road to recovery for the travel industry – Tripadvisor
  25. Traveling after COVID – RTA / SOLARE
  26. South Africa to remain closed to tourists until 2021 – The Telegraph
  27. Health experts cast doubt on UK hopes for holiday ‘air bridges’– The Guardian
  28. Africa suppliers see post-COVID trends working in their favour– Travel Weekly 
  29. Thailand doesn’t expect UK tourists to return until October – TravelMole
  30. COVID-19 and touristic demand: a mathematical modelling approach – Medium
  31. Attempting to profile the post-COVID 19 traveller – Adventure Travel News
  32. 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 
  33. Travelers willing to be screened and share medical history post pandemic – TravelMole
  34. Infographic: Survey shows shocking effect on tourism businesses in SA – IOL
  35. Global tourism could plummet by 80 per cent this year – TravelMole
  36. 100% of global destinations now have COVID-19 travel restrictions, UNWTO reports – UNWTO
  37. Policy responses to COVID-19 – Policy tracker– International Monetary Fund
  38. COVID-19– World Travel and Tourism Council
  39. COVID-19 response: 96% of global destinations impose travel restrictions, UNWTO reports – UNWTO
  40. COVID-19: Implications for business – McKinsey and Company
  41. COVID-19: Impact on Travel & Hospitality and Tourism – McKinsey and Company (weblink pending)
  42. COVID-19: Updated outlook and pandemic impacts – Tourism Economics
  43. IMPACTOUR: Europa Nostra launches consultation on sustainable cultural tourism – Europa Nostra
  44. Most travellers expect to travel within 60 days of C19 containment: Poll – Traveltalk
  45. Nearly half of all Aussies plan to travel domestically when allowed – Traveltalk

Economy and investment:

  1. Heathrow: Coronavirus quarantine ‘strangling UK economy’– BBC
  2. International tourism losses more than $320 billion in just 5 months– Travel Tourism news
  3. Impact of COVID-19 on global tourism made clear as UNWTO counts the cost of standstill – UNWTO
  4. Mass redundancies expected in UK tourism, with wide scale lay-offs expected beginning next month – TravelMole
  5. Tourism as an agent of recovery in post-COVID-19 southern Africa – Future Directions
  6. New data shows impact of COVID-19 on tourism as UNWTO calls for responsible restart of the sector– UNWTO
  7. COVID-19 and tourism: Assessing the economic consequences – UNCTAD
  8. Coronavirus (COVID-19)– World Economic Forum
  9. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s travel impacts, West Africa’s objectives remain valid– Trade for Development News
  10. COVID-19 – a global insight on travel and tourism impacts, UNWTO and Data Partners – UNWTO
  11. Investors warned not to rush into travel and leisure stocks– BBC
  12. Coronavirus – understanding the economics – London School of Economics
  13. Coronavirus: The canary in the coal mine of the world economy? Yellow Railroad

Conservation & wildlife tourism:

  1. Spotlight on COVID-19 and Africa’s protected area tourism, English, French– European Commission, International Cooperation and Development
  2. COVID-19 and privately protected areas – a Survey (open until 27 July 2020) – IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
  3. Protecting 30% of the planet for nature: costs, benefits and economic implications – Campaign for Nature
  4. COVID-19 and tourism in Africa’s protected areas: Impacts and recovery needs – Trade for Development News by EIF
  5. EU Wildlife economy: sustainable tourism in protected areas study: Study on  COVID19, tourism in protected areas, local livelihoods, and conservation:
  6. Summer visitors to American parks choose safety over freedom to roam – The Conversation
  7. Visiting parks and recreational facilities: Protect yourself and others from COVID-19– Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  8. Parks and outdoor spaces: How did the number of visitors change since the beginning of the pandemic? May 26 2020 – Our World in Data
  9. Coronavirus closures could lead to a radical revolution in conservation– The Conversation
  10. COVID-19: Drop in ecotourism sparks fears of increased wildlife poaching– Mothership
  11. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the safari industry (May update)–
  12. COVID-19: Sustainability and remodelling of the Wildlife Sector– YouTube
  13. COVID-19: Impact assessment of COVID-19 on the South African Wildlife Ranching Industry– Wildlife Ranching South Africa
  14. Botswana is evacuating black rhinos amid poaching threat– National Geographic
  15. Kuoni reports uplift in demand for 2021 bookings– TravelMole
  16. Sharp drop in rhino poaching amid lockdown– Lowvelder
  17. Coronavirus: Fears of spike in poaching as pandemic poverty strikes– BBC
  18. Poaching fears as the safari trade collapses – The Times
  19. Poaching threats loom as wildlife safaris put on hold due to COVID-19– National Geographic
  20. The worrying impact of coronavirus outbreak on the safari industry–
  21. COVID-19: protected great apes during human pandemics– Nature
  22. 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

3. Impacts on tourism & destinations

Impacts during crisis recovery:

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

  1. COVID-19 impact and policy responses in the Hindu Kush Himalaya – ICIMOD
  2. Tourist hotspots hit hardest in UK by Covid-19 unemployment– The Guardian
  3. Coronavirus: Spain races to save tourism as cases surge – BBC
  4. Coronavirus: How South Africa and Rwanda are coping without tourists – BBC
  5. With tourists gone, Bali workers return to farms and fishing – New York Times
  6. Mass redundancies expected in UK tourism, with wide scale lay-offs beginning next month – TravelMole
  7. Egypt desperate to revive coronavirus-hit tourism industry– BBC
  8. Queenstown: a tourist town with no tourists fights despair among stranded workers – The Guardian
  9. Small island destinations in critical need of urgent support as tourism plunges, UNWTO warns – UNWTO
  10. ‘Job-killer of the century’: economies of Pacific islands face collapse over Covid-19 – The Guardian
  11. Coronavirus will cost global tourism at least $1.2 trillion – UNCTAD
  12. Avec le coronavirus, le tourisme en Afrique affiche un manque a ganger de quelque 500 milliards d’euros – Le Monde
  13. ‘On our knees’: Kenya’s tourism revenue collapses– Reuters
  14. COVID-19 and travel: impacts, responses and outcomes (book) – Goodfellow publishers
  15. Tourism industry faces collapse as insurance companies refuse to pay COVID-19 claims – IOL
  16. Holidays still banned: South African’s only allowed to take day trips – Business Insider South Africa
  17. Hospitality industry is taking on insurers for non-payment of Covid claims– The South African
  18. Rapid socio-economic impact assessment of COVID-19 on Bhutan’s tourism sector – UNDP
  19. COVID-19 hitting tourism hard: What does this mean for the world’s poorest countries? Trade For Development News by EIF
  20. Impact assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak on international tourism (updated May 2020)– UNWTO
  21. Coronavirus outbreak: Caribbean tourism struggles as visitors stay home– BBC
  22. Tui warns of 8,000 job losses as travel firm faces ‘greatest crisis’– The Guardian
  23. Package operators ‘could lose five billion pounds this year– TravelMole
  24. Workers mauled by pandemic shock to wildlife reserves, national parks– Thomson Reuters Foundation News
  25. A town in Costa Rica faces an eco-tourism crisis– National Geographic
  26. Pandemics, tourism and global change: a rapid assessment of COVID-19– Journal of Sustainable Tourism (open access)
  27. ‘London is so strange and sad’: the sacked hospitality workers sleeping rough– The Guardian
  28. Mozambique – over 5,000 jobs lost in tourism and culture– AIM report – Club of Mozambique
  29. UK tourism hotspots could face worst of post-lockdown job losses– The Guardian
  30. COVID-19 and tourism in Georgia – early impacts and government response– Resilient destinations
  31. Soaring cost of COVID for communities and conservation– Impakter
  32. UK tourist attraction discusses the true impact of the pandemic– TravelMole
  33. Lockdown devastates Namibian tourism sector– Informante
  34. ‘It’s catastrophic’: Fiji’s colossal tourism sector devastated by coronavirus– The Guardian
  35. Coronavirus poses existential threat, says hospitality industry– The Guardian
  36. Coronavirus ‘could cost millions of tourism jobs’– BBC
  37. Nepal tourism hit hard as global coronavirus fears close Everest– The Guardian
  38. Coronavirus: Tourism in Thailand hit by Covid-19– BBC
  39. How hard will the coronavirus hit the travel industry? National Geographic
  40. COVID-19: Fear of job losses could make tourism indifferent to wellbeing– African Arguments

Impacts on the environment and wildlife:

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

Climate impacts:

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

Impacts on crowded destinations & overtourism: 

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

Closures and calls to ‘stay away’:

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

Booking platforms & sharing economy: 

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

Accommodation, tours and restaurants: 

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

Cruise ships:

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


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


  1. ABTA orders members to refund Spanish holidays after Loveholidays and On the Beach refuse– TravelMole
  2. Coronavirus: Johnson urged to help out travellers stuck in quarantine – The Guardian
  3. ‘Unprecedented’ Hajj begins — with 1,000 pilgrims, rather than the usual 2 million – CNN Travel
  4. Berlin couple test positive for coronavirus after Manchester visit – The Guardian
  5. People returning to UK from Spain decry ‘unfair’ coronavirus quarantine– the Guardian
  6. Passengers told not to turn up too early for flights amid social distancing ‘chaos’– TravelMole
  7. Travel Republic launches Covid=19 insurance with hotel closure cover – TravelMole
  8. Travellers confused by inconsistent COVID-19 travel rules and advice across Europe– Hospitalitynet
  9. The virus will make everything you hate about flying worse – Bloomberg Opinion
  10. Travellers increasingly wary of flying, survey warns – TravelMole
  11. ABTA launches new travel insurance product – TravelMole
  12. ‘Refund us. Reform Travel’ campaign launches – TravelMole
  13. ROCK Insurance Group launches new COVID-19 travel insurance and cancellation products to travel trade – TravelMole
  14. Coronavirus: ‘Refunds unlikely’ if travellers have to self-isolate – BBC
  15. Agents refuse to book holidays for July and August– TravelMole
  16. UK travellers unable to fly to Greece as country reopens – The Guardian
  17. Long journey home: The stranded sailboats in a race to beat the hurricanes – The Guardian
  18. Passenger rights dogfight breaks out over Europe’s skies – Euractiv
  19. Travel firms face legal action over consumer refunds – TravelMole
  20. How can refuse a refund when travel is banned? The Guardian
  21. India coronavirus lockdown: Broke tourists rescued from cave– BBC
  22. All big UK airlines and travel firms denying refunds, Which? finds – The Guardian
  23. Backpackers allowed to extend stays in Australia during coronavirus pandemic, temporary visa holders to get access to super(annuation) – ABC News
  24. Former Thomas Cook CEO backs ‘It’s Right to Refund’ campaign– TravelMole
  25. Tourists sued after visiting holiday island with coronavirus – TravelMole
  26. 31 major insurers pull travel policies during coronavirus crisis – TravelMole
  27. FCO ‘indefinite’ travel ban prompts fear of mass cancellations – TravelMole

4. Virtual tours and ideas to keep us inspired

Virtual tours:

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


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



25 thoughts on “COVID 19 and sustainable tourism: Information resources and links

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  2. This is absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing.
    I am a PhD student at Auckland University of Technology studying the social-ecological impacts of COVID19 on marine research tourism and remote coastal communities. This website is an excellent source of information. If anyone has any suggestions for a progressive social-ecological exploratory framework to test resilience, please let me know!
    Thank you so much Anna!

  3. great work to join together all the useful articles and papers on tourism post -covid19. and for the updating, there is material for read!!!
    Best regards
    Paolo Motta
    ICTC/ CIVVIH member

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