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PECC International Virtual Seminar:

“Connectivity and Tourism Recovery from Covid-19: what have we learned so far?”

May 31 - June 1, 2021 (morning in Europe, afternoon in Asia)

organized at the University of French Polynesia (UPF) by
the France Pacific Territories National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (FPTPEC)
in association with the Center for Tourism Studies in Oceania and in the Pacific (CETOP) at UPF.

In the context of a serious health, economic, social and environmental crisis, fundamental questions are  being asked about the choices made by our companies around the world, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, towards which the global economic center of gravity has been moving closer in recent decades. Even before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the global economic slowdown and the risks associated with rising protectionism were already weighing on the region despite its dynamism and development. The leaders of the 21 economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), with the help of assistance of its official body, the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), had developed a "Connectivity Framework", which served as the basis for the blueprint for an "integrated, seamlessly and comprehensively connected Asia-Pacific region" by 2025.

Connectivity is multi-dimensional and allows for multi-disciplinary scientific studies, which are the focus of the PECC regional seminars. Nevertheless, the three pillars of connectivity have been defined:

“- Physical connectivity involves improving supply chain performance, connects and integrates logistics, transport, energy and telecommunication infrastructure in the APEC region.

- Institutional connectivity refers to advances in regulatory and procedural cooperation and coherence among APEC economies.

- People-to-people connectivity involves improvements in interaction, mobility and joint endeavors in people movement among APEC economies.

2021 PECC virtual seminar on connectivity and tourism diagram connectivity

Person-to-person connectivity was most affected by the Covid-19 crisis because of the restrictions on mobility between economies that were put in place to limit the spread of the virus. Consequently, one of the most seriously affected sectors is international tourism, a vector of rapprochement between peoples and an economic engine for many Asian economies.

As part of the follow-up to a series of seminars launched under the impetus of the French Committee of the PECC - Pacific Economic Cooperation Council - (FPTPEC), the last of which took place on January 20 and 21, 2020, in Papeete, French Polynesia, on the "Resilience of the islands and territoriesof the Asia-Pacific zone", a topic whose relevance has become apparent since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis a few weeks later, the French PECC Committee is pleased to present to the entire community this call for papers for the next seminar on May 31 and June 1, 2021, on the theme of "Connectivity and Tourism Recovery from Covid-19". This international seminar was due to be held in Tahiti, during “tourism research week” at the University of French Polynesia (UPF), which would also feature a CETOP (Center for Tourism Studies in Oceania and in the Pacific) conference on “New challenges for tourism in a post-COVID world”, and an AIMTD (International Association of Sustainable Tourism Management) workshop. But, as a result of ongoing COVID-19 uncertainties, the decision has been made to reschedule the full in-person conference to 2022, and to organize an online midpoint conference on the following theme: “Connectivity and Tourism Recovery from Covid-19: what have we learned so far?”.

Dates and Time:

Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31, 8pm-11pm, Tahiti Time (UTC-10)

Monday, May 31, and Tuesday, June 1, 8am-11am, Paris Daylight Saving Time (UTC+2)

Monday, May 31, and Tuesday, June 1, 1pm-4pm, Thailand Time (UTC+7)

Monday, May 31, and Tuesday, June 1, 2pm-5pm, China Time (UTC+8)

Monday, May 31, and Tuesday, June 1, 7pm-10pm, New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+13)


PECC member committees are invited to submit the documents and projects, national or regional, that they wish to exhibit during this virtual seminar.

Authors are requested to submit an electronic copy of their full presentation, manuscript or an extended abstract in PDF or PPT format by March 31, 2021 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


March 31, 2021: Deadline for submission of presentation, papers or extended abstract

April 15, 2021: Deadline for acceptance/rejection notice

April 30, 2021: Deadline for free registration

Scientific and organizing committee:

- Vincent Dropsy (Professor of Economics, CETOP codirector, University of French Polynesia, Chair of the PECC Committee in French Polynesia)

- Jean-Luc Le Bideau (Professor of Management, University of Paris 1 Sorbonne, Vice-Chair of the France Pacific Territories National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (FPTPEC)

- Sylvain Petit (Associate Professor of Economics, University of French Polynesia, Polytechnic University Hauts de France, and University of Perpignan, organizer of the CETOP conference)

- Yann Rival (Associate Professor of Management, CETOP codirector, University of French Polynesia, organizer of the AIMTD workshop)


Possible Topics related to "Connectivity and Tourism Recovery from Covid-19"

Connectivity post-Covid

Improving Physical connectivity (linkages at the infrastructure level: logistics, transport, energy, ICT, …)

Strengthening Institutional Connectivity (trade facilitation, regulatory reforms, logistics facilitation, ...)

Rebuilding People-to-people Connectivity (movement of people across borders and exchange of information and knowledge, ...)

Tourism post-Covid

Travel & Tourism (T&T) Recovery

T&T job and business protection during and after the Covid crisis

Safe (air) travel and restoration of confidence for tourism recovery

Health & hygiene harmonized protocols for T&T

Travel restrictions (border controls, …)

Travel bubbles

Vaccination policies

Digital vaccination passports (e.g. IATA Travel Pass)

Strengthened multi-lateral co-operation and support for tourism

Incentives to boost travel & tourism (marketing and promotion, vouchers, …)

Policies and measures to support the travel & tourism sector

Post-Covid travel behavior

Tourism and technology

Tourism organization behavior and responses

Destination management

Destination resilience and crisis resolution

The future of tourism


Tourism and Development

Tourism competitiveness in a post-Covid world

Sustainable tourism and resilient development

Tourism policies and sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Biodiversity conservation for sustainable tourism

Transforming tourism for climate action

Decarbonization of travel & tourism

Inclusive and equitable approaches in tourism

Circularity and tourism value chains

International and domestic tourism

Public-Private Partnerships for tourism

Skill training and digital transformation


Tourism and Culture

Cultural diversity and local development through tourism

Innovation, entrepreneurship and cultural diversity in tourism

Competitiveness and tourism development based on cultural diversity

Tourism, intangible cultural heritage and local development

Good practices in tourism and cultural diversity promotion

Cultural inclusion in tourism

Tourism and SDGs

Cultural diversity and knowledge management (environmental, local, tacit knowledge)

Marketing cultural diversity

Cultural heritage and cultural diversity protection and management in tourism development

Globalization and tourism

Tourism and peace


Tourism and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Island resilience building

Skill training and digital transformation for SIDS

Infrastructure maintenance and transformation in SIDS

Improvements in SIDS governance, efficacy and efficiency

Island destination management and sustainable tourism

Ecotourism, smart tourism, slow tourism, …

Other specific issues and solutions for tourism in SIDS








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