Tourism in the Post-Pandemic World : Economic Challenges and Opportunities for Asia-Pacific and the Western Hemisphere

Author/Editor:

Manuela Goretti ; Lamin Y Leigh ; Aleksandra Babii ; Serhan Cevik ; Stella Kaendera ; Dirk V Muir ; Sanaa Nadeem ; Gonzalo Salinas

Publication Date:

February 19, 2021

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This departmental paper analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism in the Asia Pacific region, Latin America, and Caribbean countries. Many tourism dependent economies in these regions, including small states in the Pacific and the Caribbean, entered the pandemic with limited fiscal space, inadequate external buffers, and foreign exchange revenues extremely concentrated in tourism. The empirical analysis leverages on an augmented gravity model to draw lessons from past epidemics and finds that the impact of infectious diseases on tourism flows is much greater in developing countries than in advanced economies.

Series:

Departmental Paper No. 2021/002

Subject:

Frequency:

occasional

English

Publication Date:

February 19, 2021

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513561905/2616-5333

Stock No:

TFOTPPWEA

Format:

Paper

Pages:

115

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