Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Monitoring and Mitigating the Impact on Travel and Tourism
In March 2017, a meeting was co-organized by the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security and the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute in Geneva titled ‘Global Health Crises: Monitoring and Reporting Progress towards Preparedness’. One of the meeting’s objectives was to explore the types of indicators that would be most useful for monitoring progress and holding national, regional and global health stakeholders accountable for their commitments. Several gaps in the existing body of indicators were identified for further discussion and action. One gap recognized the impact of outbreaks on the travel and tourism sector, and the need to ensure minimal disruption of global traffic during outbreaks to improve preparedness.
During infectious disease outbreaks, government and business decision-making, public concern and the media have a significant impact on the global response to managing such outbreaks. In addition, the reduction or cessation of travel can also have serious economic repercussions on the travel and tourism industries.
Chatham House, in collaboration with the Graduate Institute, is undertaking research to identify and review the decisions that contributed to restricting travel during recent outbreaks, illustrating the mechanisms through which these decisions can hamper the global capacity to cope with an outbreak with the aim of identifying the means of minimizing such disruption in future outbreaks. The stakeholders through whom we are exploring this research include governments, international governmental organizations, organizations within the travel and tourism sector and the media.
This event is being held in collaboration with the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute, Geneva and the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.