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Featured: Reviving Tourism

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.

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.

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.  


SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

There is an urgent need to “build back better” in the face of unprecedented development challenges in the Asia and the Pacific water sector. Photo credit: ADB.

Accelerating universal access to water and sanitation is critical to preventing and managing future health crises.

More than 2 billion people in Asia lack access to adequate water supply and sanitation. Photo credit: ADB.

To mainstream PPPs in the water sector, implement a holistic governance framework, foster an enabling environment, and incorporate transaction design.

Despite COVID-19 putting a spotlight on the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene, over 2 billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities. Photo credit: ADB.

Best practices in WASH initiatives consider the needs, culture, and behaviors of the poor and vulnerable who are most at risk of infectious diseases.