Lessons from tourism economies that serve the community

Tourism seems to be making a strong comeback this year. International arrivals will reach around 70 per cent of their pre-pandemic level and some places are even struggling with increased demand. But it was not long ago that global organizations advocated financial support and suggested that the crisis was an opportunity to rethink tourism, to make the industry stronger, more sustainable and more resilient afterwards.

As tourism emerges from the pandemic, we must reconsider how to make the sector more responsible to the people it affects. Rampant tourism development and overtourism are likely to return to pre-pandemic levels unless regulations are put in place.

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