G20 Tourism Ministers Meeting

Tourism continues to be one the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with international tourist arrivals declining by 73 percent globally in 2020. The pandemic also had unprecedented impacts on vulnerable groups and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME's. Thus, the delegation attending the G20 Tourism Ministers Meeting stated the resumption of travel and tourism is crucial for global economic recovery. This is because travel and tourism are key drivers for sustainable and balanced growth as well as development. The present global crisis presents an opportunity to rethink tourism for the future.

Brunei Darussalam as ASEAN Chair 2021, was represented by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism in his capacity as Guest of the Chair. The meeting held via video conference was chaired by The Honourable Mr Massimo Garavaglia, Minister of Tourism of Italy.

The meeting also discussed several policy areas in the G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism, among others mobility safety; crisis management; sustainability; green transformation; digital transition; investment and infrastructure. The Ministers acknowledged the recommendations to the policy area on green transformation contributed by UNWTO in embracing sustainability in tourism, supporting and promoting sustainable destinations as strategic assets to balance the needs of people, the planet and prosperity, and to secure a resilient and inclusive post-COVID tourism economy.

Source: Radio Television Brunei