Asean tourism: Hot and bothered


Climate change impact: The Komodo National Park in Indonesia has been assessed as one of the Unesco world heritage sites in South-East Asia most vulnerable to future extreme weather events. – AFP

THE disruptions in global mobility caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are still deeply affecting Asean’s tourism industry, as the region lost 8.4% in total GDP from the drastic drop in tourist arrivals.

With worsening climate disasters expected, the region is at risk of falling further behind in its development goals. As the region’s economies gradually reopen to tourism, embedding climate projections and bold environmental policies in tourism policy is increasingly necessary.

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