Tourism for Global Recovery

A South Asian Perspective
Tourism Event
Tourism for Global Recovery © FNF South Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism industry hard with estimates that 100 million jobs and US$2.7 trillion in revenue could be lost globally. For South Asia, 48 million jobs are at risk, many held by women and vulnerable communities working in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and the informal sector which makes up around 80 per cent of the total industry. Many may not survive the crisis without substantial support. Governments are responding with the emergency program to help enterprises stay afloat and save jobs. As the region moves from crisis to recovery planning, governments have an opportunity to think strategically about the future of their tourism sectors, collaborate with the private sector and implement policies that will improve the industry.


16.00 Welcome: Johanna Hasting, Head of Department, FNF-LB, Baden Württemberg

16.05  Impact talk: Frank Müller-Rosentritt, MdB FDP

16.15  Introduction to the panel theme by the moderator: Dr. Najmul Hossain, FNF
          Representative Bangladesh

16.20 „Tourism for global recovery – A South Asian perspective“   –
          Panel discussion with Dr. Mariyam Shakeela, The Maldives, and
          Mr. Taufiq Rahman, Bangladesh,
          Moderator: Dr. Najmul Hossain

17.05  Musical interval

17.10  Questions from the audience

17.25  Vote of thanks by Dr. Carsten Klein, FNF Regional Director South Asia, New


Dr Mariyam Shakeela

Dr Mariyam Shakeela has over 30 years of experience nationally and internationally in serving both the private and public sector as an entrepreneur and senior policymaker. Dr. Shakeela is the CEO of SIMDI Group, Maldives.

 Mr. Taufiq Rahman

Mr. Taufiq Rahman is a leading tour operator of Bangladesh. He runs a highly successful Destination Management Company, -Journey Plus. Mr Rahman serves as the Secretary-General of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Bangladesh Chapter. He provides technical input to Bangladesh Tourism on regulatory as well as promotional strategies.


Dr Najmul Hossain

Dr Najmul Hossain is the Country Representative of FNF Bangladesh.