Explained: Why Tourism Needs Support of All G20 Working Groups?

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Inclusiveness in tourism relates to the Employment Working Group and its work on social protection; working patterns, business organisation and production processes in the digitalisation era, particularly addressing remote and platform work; and improving the quality and quality of women’s employment.

Chandigarh (ABC Live): In year 2022, the presidency of G20, a group of world's largest economies, including both industrialised and developing nations was handed to India.

ABC Research team is keeping close watch on all events of India’s G20 Presidency will publish a research report after New Delhi G20 summit 2023.

It is pertinent to described here that 1st Tourism Working Group Meeting under India’s G20 Presidency is all set to organize at Rann of Kutch from 7/02/2023 to 09/02/2023, wherein working group will discuss guidelines for the future of tourism

The G20 Rome guideline for the future of tourism:

The G20 Rome guideline for the future of tourism identifies key issues and opportunities to rethink and reshape tourism policy in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It presents guidelines for action that are informed by the need to a) restore confidence and enable recovery b)learn from the experience of the pandemic, and c) prioritise a sustainable development agenda in guiding future tourism. They are based around seven interrelated policy areas: i) safe mobility, ii) crisis management; iii) resilience; iv) inclusiveness; v) green transformation; vi) digital transition; and vii) investment and infrastructure. The G20 Rome guidelines were endorsed in the Rome Communiqué of the 2021 G20 Tourism Ministers’ meeting.

Before reporting on India’s G20 Presidency of G20, ABC Team working on India’s G20 Presidency refers the G20 Rome guideline for the future of tourism published by OECD Tourism Papers for our readers with sole aim to make them understand the G20’s action plan on future of tourism.

The above stated the G20 Rome guideline says as under;

Safe mobility relates to the Health Working Group, notably in its priority 4 on the development and distribution of treatments and vaccines, and the use of contact tracing technologies and medical documentation.

Crisis management is relevant to the work of the Health Working Group, which has a priority to plan co-ordinated and collaborative responses to health crises and emergencies, including the handling of information. The Employment Working Group is addressing the impact of the pandemic on employment, and the Finance Ministers AP is considering business support and recovery in times of crisis.

Resilience in the tourism sector has been related in particular to the needs of MSMEs, which is a topic of interest to the Trade and Investment Working Group, whose third priority refers to the presence of MSMEs in global markets. The working groups on Environment, Climate and Energy are also addressing topics relevant to the management of resources which are key to the long term resilience of tourism.

Inclusiveness in tourism relates to the Employment Working Group and its work on social protection; working patterns, business organisation and production processes in the digitalisation era, particularly addressing remote and platform work; and improving the quality and quality of women’s employment. It should also be noted that the Digital Economy Task Force has a priority on bridging the connectivity gaps for social inclusion, in particular in relation to access to the internet in rural areas or indigenous communities. The Culture Working Group is concerned with the protection of cultural heritage, and
related issues on education and engagement. The Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion is an inclusive platform for all G20 countries, interested non-G20 countries and relevant stakeholders to carry forward work on financial inclusion.

Green transformation is closely linked to the Environment, Climate and Energy Working Groups. Relevant work includes their report on the recovery and links to environmental objectives, including National Determined Contributions and preparations for COP26 on climate change. Other relevant work of the groups is in the area of resource efficiency and the circular economy, and on biodiversity and the prevention of water and land degradation.

Digital transition is reflected in the work of the Digital Economy Task Force which is placing a priority on digital transformation in production and the development of intangible capital, in particular with the development of skills. Other priorities relevant to tourism include leveraging trustworthy AI to include MSMEs, and the issue of consumer protection.

Investment and infrastructure links to the finance track and the Infrastructure Working Group. This relates to topics pursued by the Japanese Presidency in 2019 on principles for quality infrastructure, and by the current Italian Presidency, with a menu of policy options for the maintenance of infrastructures and guidelines for financing digital infrastructure.

For Reading OECD Papers on future of tourism click here

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