COVID-19’s impact on the tourism industry in upcoming UP CIFAL webinar

| Posted by UP Media and Public Relations Office


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive disruptions in the world’s airline, travel and tourism industries. Given that the tourism sector is a major source of employment, government revenue and foreign exchange earnings, these disruptions will cause a significant contraction in our country’s GDP and contribute to rising unemployment and the economic recession.

In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, the UP Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders (International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders) Philippines, or UP-CIFAL Philippines, will tackle the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the tourism sector in its webinar, “The Future of Tourism in the Time of COVID-19”, to be held on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (Manila time).

Co-organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in partnership with the UP Asian Institute of Tourism (UP AIT) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the webinar will explore possible solutions towards the responsible recovery of the industry and sustainability of tourism. It offers a venue by which stakeholders such as academics, government agencies, private institutions, and citizen groups could explore ways to address and strengthen the capacity to shift towards a more sustainable tourism.

Department of Tourism (DoT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is guest speaker. Panelists are: Global Sustainable Tourism Council Chief Executive Officer Randy Durband; DoT Assistant Secretary Roberto P. Alabado III; UP AIT Assistant Professor Richard Philip Gonzalo; UN World Tourism Organization Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness Chief Sandra Carvao; and Philippine Farm Tourism Development Association President Josephine Costales. Dr. Ramon Benedicto Alampay, Associate Professor at the UP AIT, will serve as moderator.

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