The Group of 20 (G20) Tourism Ministers Meeting was held through video conference on May 4.
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong represented Brunei Darussalam as ASEAN Chair 2021.
Minister of Tourism of Italy Massimo Garavaglia chaired the meeting.
During the meeting, the ministers recognised that tourism continues to be one the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with international tourist arrivals declining by 73 per cent globally in 2020 and unprecedented impacts on vulnerable groups and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The resumption of travel and tourism is crucial for global economic recovery as 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 to: restore confidence in travel and tourism and enable economic recovery; learn from the experience of the pandemic; and prioritise a sustainable development agenda in guiding the future of tourism.
The meeting also discussed several policy areas in the G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism such as: safe mobility; crisis management; resilience; inclusiveness; green transformation; digital transition; investment and infrastructure. The ministers acknowledged the recommendations to the policy area on green transformation contributed by World Trade Organization (WTO) 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.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abdul Wahab and senior officials from the Tourism Development Department were also present.