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October 22, 2020

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Over the last decades, the dynamic and fast-growing tourism industry has been a driving force for job creation and local economic development, while contributing to several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially goals 8 and 10. 

The sector has been one of the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put numerous jobs at risk throughout the whole value chain. Young people who represent a considerable part of the workforce are highly impacted, especially vulnerable youth, often found amongst women, minority groups, and migrants.

However, Tourism has a proven capacity to bounce back. As highlighted by the World Tourism Organization, the crisis “offers a rare opportunity for reflection and recalibration to grow again, and to grow better for planet and people”.

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). (2020, April). Supporting Jobs and Economies through Travel & Tourism – A Call for Action to Mitigate the Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 and Accelerate Recovery, Retrieved from World Tourism Organization:

COVID-19 has created a necessity and an opportunity for the labour-intensive tourism industry to re-engage with its workforce and re-invent the workplace. As critical agents for change, youth can play a significant role in enhancing the sector’s capacity to face and overcome challenges. Greater investment in human capital is key to empower them to do so.   

This will be further discussed during the Webinar Preparing For Tomorrow: Empowering Young Workers For A Resilient Tourism Industryorganized by ASSET-H&C in partnership with Pacific Asia Travel Association. To explore this important topic with us, along with speakers from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the International Labor Organization, Minor Hotels, Soneva Resorts and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (formerly known as International Tourism Partnership), join us on Tuesday 10th November 2020, 4.00 PM (GMT+7).

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