49th Meeting of the Tourism Working Group (TWG-49)

The 49th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group held on 12 May 2022 via videoconference shared updates on GMS National Tourism Organizations' progress of implementing tourism recovery initiatives and strategies, the COVID-19 and tourism situation in GMS countries, and Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) activities. The meeting also discussed various GMS tourism support initiatives and the ASEAN Tourism Standards implementation progress, issues and lessons under the GMS Tourism Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth Project.

COVID-19 Food Security Response and Recovery Actions in Cambodia

The workshop “COVID-19 Food Security Response and Recovery Actions in Cambodia” was held virtually on 3 March 2022. It was led by Cambodia’s national coordinator of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Working Group on Agriculture (WGA), and attended by about 50 representatives from the government, development partners and the private sector. The workshop discussed priority actions for agriculture and food security in accelerating Cambodia’s response and recovery from COVID-19.


The crowds are sparse in the ordinarily busy district of Chinatown in SIngapore. Shop owners estimate that business has dropped by 50% due to the COVID-19 crisis. 2020 Lester Ledesma/ADB.

Southeast Asia Sustainable Tourism Hub Launched at SEADS 2022

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched the Southeast Asia Sustainable Tourism Hub on 17 March 2022 at the third Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS).  

Southeast Asia’s tourism industry is still reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. To accelerate an inclusive and sustainable recovery, ADB is increasing its support for investments, capacity development, and knowledge.  

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