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Geopolitics and the Coronavirus: Implications for Global Travel and Tourism

September 9, 2020 - September 10, 2020

Geopolitics and the Coronavirus: Implications for Global Travel and Tourism

Wednesday, September 9 @ 9:00-11:00

Geopolitics and the Coronavirus: Implications for Global Travel and Tourism

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Wednesday, September 9 2020


9:00 – 11:00


Online event

Geopolitics and the Coronavirus: Implications for Global Travel and Tourism

While the long term geopolitical implications of the current global health crisis are yet to be fully measured, we have already observed compelling evidence that a range of economic, political, geographical and cultural factors have differentiated responses across countries. Indeed, these responses have had significant implications for several sectors in various countries around the world. The tourism sector is particularly vulnerable to geopolitical factors as such considerations can engender, among potential tourists, an adverse disposition towards international travel, fervent nationalistic values and attitudes, the consequent fear or resentment of other cultures and increasing insularity or narrow mindedness.

The strong evidence of the far-reaching geopolitical impact and consequences of the pandemic necessitates that we deepen our understanding of the impact of emerging or expanded geopolitical considerations on the post-COVID19 world order. It is also important that we invite national, regional and global policy leaders including the WHO, UNWTO, among others, to share insights and experiences that will allow us to identify and discuss:

  • specific geopolitical issues and risks within the context of COVID-19,
  • approaches that can be adopted by destinations to manage these risks,
  • particular geopolitical factors that have been indicators or determinants of success in managing the pandemic across countries; and
  • current geopolitical developments are likely to reshape in the future particularly the global tourism product.


This seminar will examine the geopolitical challenges faced by various tourism stakeholders as the navigate the Coronavirus Pandemic.


To bring together stakeholders from across the world to engage, share information and develop long-term policy and strategic solutions, best practices and case studies in Tourism Geopolitical Management.


  • Sir Hillary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies -THE AMERICAS-
  • Manuel Butler Halter, Executive Director, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
  • Dr. Taleb Rafi, Former Secretary General of the United Nations, World Tourism -MIDDLE EAST-
  • Amb. Young-Shim Dho, Chairperson, United Nations SDGS Advocate Alumni –ASIA
  • Prof. Lee Miles, Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management, Bournemouth University –EUROPE
  • Prof. James B. Kungu, Director, Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre, Eastern Africa Office, Kenyatta University –AFRICA


September 9, 2020
September 10, 2020
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