At the 36th ASEAN Summit on 26 June 2020, the ASEAN Leaders agreed to commence the process toward ASEAN’s recovery effort from the COVID-19 pandemic. The ASEAN tourism sector, which has been severely impacted, is working towards rebuilding travellers confidence and increase the number of domestic and international visitors. This project will develop comprehensive common guidelines and standards for safer and healthier work environment for tourism workers/professionals and communities, in order to support that effort. As ASEAN is working toward single tourism destination as envisioned by the Leaders, it is crucial that all 10 AMS have a common understanding on the expectations and standards being applied in each other’s country, and that businesses/ industry players in the region have a common reference for implementing hygiene and workplace safety protocols.
The output of this project will be the ASEAN Common Guidelines on Hygiene and Safety for Workers and Communities in the Tourism Industry. The guidelines will consolidate, adapt and harmonise the various existing international and national standards, best practices and guidelines and AMS’ national health and safety protocols. Adoption of the guidelines by ASEAN Member States and implementation of the guidelines by industry players and service providers will not only bolster confidence among domestic and international visitors to ASEAN destination but also contribute to the establishment of the recovery plans of ASEAN Tourism.