The COVID-19 pandemic was the catalyst for developing this TC NAV HEI Curriculum. On 12 March 2020, COVID-19 was officially declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) bringing significant social, economic, and environmental costs to the tourism sector globally. Among all industries, the tourism industry was one of the most severely impacted. As the pandemic spread, many countries and cities closed their borders.
In 2020, international tourism arrivals declined by 93 per cent compared with 2019 (Tourism International, 2021). The pandemic also brought significant changes in consumers’ requirements, and behaviors posing great challenges to tourism destination managers and tourism business operators (Sigala, 2020).
The Navigating Tourism Crisis Recovery RTCM Curriculum was designed to assist HEI educators’ and students’ understanding of how regional tourism destinations can not only recover from future potential crises but, if possible, mitigate the impact, or even better prevent the crisis from happening in the first place. The TCNAV RTCM HEI Curriculum is made up of 9 Modules designed to educate students who want to learn about regional tourism crisis management over the 3 key crisis phases Preparation, Response, and Recovery.