Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics

The Trade Hot Topics series provides concise and informative analyses of various trade and trade-related issues which are prepared both by Commonwealth Secretariat and international experts.


COVID-19 and Tourism

Charting a Sustainable, Resilient Recovery for Small States

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the tourism sectors of small states, including small island developing states, which depend on tourism for up to 90 per cent of their exports. This issue of Trade Hot Topics highlights some of the immediate implications facing small states and explores potential policy responses and strategies to assist small states with a gradual but sustainable reopening and recovery of their tourism sectors.


Keywords: small states, recovery, tourism, small island developing states, COVID-19
JEL: O24: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Development Planning and Policy / Development Planning and Policy: Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy; Z32: Other Special Topics / Tourism Economics / Tourism and Development; F10: International Economics / Trade / Trade: General
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