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Featured: Reviving Tourism

Along with Sri Lanka and Thailand, Nepal saw the sharpest decline in international tourism in the first five months of 2021. Photo credit: ADB.

Activating theme-based, cross-border circuits can help BIMSTEC tourism recover from the impacts of COVID-19.  

The COVID-19 crisis has reduced or suspended operations of travel and tourism businesses, both big and small—from airlines and hotel chains to tour operators and tourist guides. Photo credit: ADB.

Adopt a risk-based and phased approach toward recovery and enhance public–private collaboration to ensure safe and seamless travel.

Big data analytics, together with digital tools such as digital health certificates, can improve COVID-19 monitoring and make it easier for people to move around safely. Photo credit: ADB.

Real-time data is critical for reopening borders, managing destinations, and for the industry to build back better from the crisis.


SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Tongjiang city district heating source plant. Photo credit: Xinjian Liu.

A district heating project taps the help of private sector companies to promote higher energy efficiency and lower emissions.

The High-Level Technology Fund is supporting the pilot of a low-cost and efficient cold and hot water waste heat utilization system in a food processing factory in Viet Nam. Photo credit: Asano Taiseikiso Engineering Co., Ltd.

A pilot project in Viet Nam will test a heat exchange technology that reuses industrial wastewater for heating and cooling production processes.

India is aiming for 100 gigawatts of total installed solar capacity by 2022. Photo credit: ADB.

In India, auctions were found to be better than regulator-designed tariffs in determining the procurement price for solar-generated electricity.