Project Title

Prospect Analysis for Sustainable Development of Tourism in Remote Areas of APEC Economies - Phase 1 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

TWG 02 2017 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

TWG 02 2017 

Project Title

Prospect Analysis for Sustainable Development of Tourism in Remote Areas of APEC Economies - Phase 1 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

102,596 

Co-funding Amount

48,567 

Total Project Value

151,163 

Sponsoring Forum

Tourism Working Group (TWG) 

Topics

Tourism 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Russia 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Indonesia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2018 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Serguei Theodorovich (new PO wef 6 April 2018) 

Job Title 1

Acting Head of International Cooperation Division 

Organization 1

Federal Agency for Tourism, Ministry of Culture 

Postal Address 1

No 47, Myasnitskaya Street, Moscow 101000, Russia 

Telephone 1

7-495 6073217 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

sat1-9@yandex.ru 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Serguei Theodorovich 

Project Summary

Tourism plays a significant role in tackling social problems, providing employment growth and population welfare. The Asia-Pacific region is very diverse in terms of its economic development and includes a lot of remote areas, many of which are suffering from deep economic and social challenges.  The development of remote areas is one of the most pressing issues both for global and regional economies. Tourism could become one of the drivers of remote areas’ social and economic development.

Under this project, the project team will define differential characteristics of remote areas in APEC economies and analyze tourism capacity of these areas while preserving their authenticity.

Project duration: 12 months.

During the seminar, which will be held in Cebu, the Philippines, October r 2018, the project team will present study results and project recommendations. Also a round table on possible measures promoting further development of remote areas through sustainable tourism development will be carried out.

Relevance

Relevance - Region: Tourism capacity is a set of natural, historic and cultural objects and phenomena, as well as social, economic and technological conditions, providing development of tourist activity in the region (area). It includes tourist resources, available as well as prospective ones not being used due to external factors, but having the potential to be used in future.

Nowadays the development of remote areas is becoming one of the most pressing issues, both at the global and regional levels. The Asia-Pacific Region is very diverse in terms of economic development and includes a lot of remote areas, many of which are suffering from deep economic, infrastructure and social challenges.

The remote area is a territory or region, located far away from political, financial and economic centers. Access to these areas could be complicated due to climatic and geographical reasons, as well as infrastructure and logistical problems. One of the main solutions to overcome these problems could be capacity building in the field of sustainable tourism, which will provide financial support to the development of tourism in these remote areas, in particular, on the principles of creating public-private partnerships.

Sustainable development of tourism includes means of increasing remote areas’ touristic advantages while preserving their authenticity, cultural heritage and ecological well-being of tourist attractions. There are remote areas in every APEC economy and the issue of their effective resource management is common and timely for the whole APEC region. An analysis of remote areas’ touristic capacity will promote growth of people-to people and regional connectivity among APEC economies.  It will also serve to create jobs and economic growth in these remote areas.

Within the framework of the project, a seminar will be held (Cebu, the Philippines, October 2018), where participants will share experiences, discuss the possible ways for APEC economies to develop remote areas through sustainable tourism, and suggest further steps and projects to facilitate sustainable development of tourism in remote areas.

Relevance - Rank: This project is related to “APEC Connectivity Blueprint 2015-2025” which falls under Rank 1 of the APEC Funding Criteria: “we commit to strengthen physical, institutional, and people-to-people connectivity”.

Development of tourism, considering its multiplicative character, is related to all of the above-mentioned components, which are needed to increase tourist flows. This becomes impossible without development of related infrastructure, human capital involvement, as well as adoption of essential decisions at the state and institutional levels.

The project also falls under Rank 2 in terms of supporting the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth, namely supporting inclusive and sustainable growth in APEC region, as “activities/issues under the project are related to addressing the social dimension of globalization” as well as “building sustainable and resilient communities”.

Objectives

1)  To improve knowledge and skills of tourism authorities through analysis of  differential characteristics of remote areas in APEC economies,  existing bottlenecks and tourism capacity potential of these areas without sacrificing their authenticity;

2)  To develop recommendations for APEC economies about ways of promoting ‘awareness of remote areas’;

3)  To hold the workshop for experience exchange and presenting recommendations, dedicated to sustainable tourism development in remote areas of APEC economies.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC: The project is deeply related to APEC priorities for 2017 (under Viet Nam chairmanship) “deepen regional economic integration and connectivity among APEC economies” and ‘promote sustainable and inclusive growth”.

The project will also contribute to APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025, because it is focused on improvement of connectivity among remote areas of APEC region and will promote development of a  cooperative and integrated Asia-Pacific community.

The project fully complies with APEC Tourism Ministers Declaration, adopted in Lima, Peru, in 2016: “… tourism is a fundamental sector for achieving inclusive growth when it makes responsible use of environmental resources, respecting the authenticity of host communities and equitably distributing socio-economic benefits within the destinations. We encourage the TWG to pursue work that supports sustainable tourism development in the region”.

The important role of tourism in strengthening connectivity was emphasized in APEC High-Level Statement ‘Promoting Sustainable Tourism for an Inclusive and Interconnected Asia-Pacific’ (Viet Nam, 19 June, 2017).

Following the SCE-Led Policy Dialogue on Bridging Gap in Economic Development and Integration of Remote Areas for Sustainable Growth in the APEC Region, held in August 2017 in Viet Nam, APEC economies recommended to continue to discuss the issue and identify possible ways APEC could further add value to remote areas’ development and integration. The proposed project will contribute to this work.

Alignment - Forum: The project will promote implementation of APEC Tourism Working Group Strategic Plan 2015-2019 (ATSP), because it contributes to its priority directions, namely: “ensure sustainable and inclusive growth in the travel and tourism sector, by encouraging socially, culturally and responsible tourism” and “promote better understanding and recognition of tourism as an engine for economic growth and prosperity in the APEC region”.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The results of project implementation are expected to have both analytical and practical application.

Analytical:

-  Overview of remote areas in APEC economies; analysis of their defining features (listed below in “Project Sustainability”) and main characteristics. These outputs will be presented to TWG.

-  The Final Report under the project (including  overview of remote areas, analysis of their defining features and main characteristics, project recommendations of remote areas’ tourism development, materials and presentations of the workshop) will also be presented to TWG; 

Practical:

-  The workshop in the frames of the project (Cebu, the Philippines) with best-practice sharing and round table discussions.  All the interim and final reports and results will be presented to TWG.

-  Post-workshop evaluation (application form, developed for the workshop participants) will be applied to access participants’ feedback on the organization and outcomes of the meeting, and measure the success of the event. All the presentations and findings and the final version of the project recommendations will be a part of the Final Report, which will be presented to TWG. 

Outcomes: The project implementation will have positive medium-term outcomes. They could be divided into two groups – contributing to tourism development on the one hand, and making positive impact on political, economic, social and infrastructure development of remote areas while preserving their authenticity on the other.

One of the certain advantages of the project is promoting touristic attraction of remote areas through improving the comfort of tourists’ stays.

As a result of experience sharing, government authorities, responsible for tourism development, will improve their knowledge and skills about remote areas touristic capacity; ways of promoting tourists ‘awareness of these remote areas.

Also the project implementation will contribute to development of recreational capacity of remote areas, increase human and natural resource efficiency, and promote overcoming a gap in remote areas development and integration in APEC economies. 

Beneficiaries:

a) tourism officials in charge of the policy making and implementation in the sphere of remote areas tourism and economy development;

b) researchers and academics who work in the universities and research centers focusing on research and/or  teaching in the above mentioned sphere; and

с) MSME executives and staff-in-charge who do or intend to set up their business in remote areas.

Since physical transportation is one of important issues in the improvement in of regions’ touristic capacity, transportation field authorities will also be invited in the project.

Representatives of APEC working groups (SMEWG, BMG, ABAC, TEL, HRDWG, PPWE), will be invited to take part in the workshop.

Considering the fact, that many women in APEC region are involved in touristic sphere, they also will be direct project beneficiaries.

Workshop participants will discuss topical issues of remote areas’ tourism development; will share experience and best practices of leveraging tourism capacity of these areas while preserving their authenticity.

The project recommendations (in case of their further implementation by APEC economies) will be useful for the following beneficiaries:

-   Governmental bodies, responsible for tourism development and international relations, emergency management, ICT, SME, natural and cultural heritage preservation;

-  National and regional business associations (touristic, marketing and investment specialization), conducting their activities in remote areas;

-   Population and SME of remote areas;   

-   Tourists and other travelers in APEC region.

Russia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines as examples of remote areas in mentioned economies, there will be analyzed different types of economies – island states, hinterland state, developed states. There will be defined general features and concerns, which are similar for every APEC economy. Besides, the workshop participants from different economies will present their remote areas and all the information, presented on the workshop, will become a part of the Final Report under the project. Also in the frames of the project there will be a general description of the region; all APEC economies will be able to exchange information and to present their experience for the project team, for later use in the Final Report.

Dissemination

All the workshop materials such as presentation, draft project recommendations, application forms will be disseminated among APEC economies. They can't be sold.

Project publications in electronic version, including publication on APEC website, will be acceptable for   TWG and other intended audience. Interaction between APEC experts and workshop participants will also be one of the information channels. Results of the project meeting will be disseminated among members of TWG, SMEWG, BMG, ABAC, TEL, HRDWG. All the interested parties will have an opportunity to receive a full range of reports, developed by the project team.

There will be recommended to economies to bring the notice with project findings and recommendations to responsible authorities in rural areas. Also, the project findings will be presented to other concerned parties: association of tourism and SMEs, services providers, transport companies, etc.); to establish cooperation with them for receiving feedback and providing timely consultations.

All the project materials will be developed and published according to the Guidebook on APEC Projects.

Gender

The project is going to be implemented according to the Guidebook on APEC Projects in close coordination with TWG Program Director.

Consultants, experts, speakers, moderators are going to be selected based on their competence and experience in issues, related to the project subject, and not gender-based. Within the project implementation all points of view and opinions, irrespective of gender, will be considered and taken into account. It is obvious that the project is favorable to all groups, including women. Special attention will be paid to gender balance inside the project team and workshop participants.

As the percentage of women, involved in tourism business, makes more than a half (UNWTO и UN Women, 2011; ILO 2013), the project completely corresponds to APEC gender principles. Women will be actively engaged and set a target number for female participation rate as speaker and/or participants. Representatives of PPWE will also be invited to participate in the workshop as speakers.

In the long run the project will contribute to development of SMEs in remote areas of APEC economies, where a large percentage of women is involved. Gender aspect will be highlighted in the frames of the workshop and in the frames of the project investigation.

Work Plan

Activity

Output

Risks and their preventions

1. January

Contracting.

Contract with APEC Secretariat.

Contracting delay.

All the documents will be prepared in advance.

2. February-March 2018

Search for experts from APEC economies.

Research planning on selected regions.

The involvement of experts into project implementation will be conducted on the basis of recommendations from TWG.

List of experts from APEC economies.

Contracting the experts.

Lack of experts’ qualification and lack of their involvement into the project implementation. The project team will communicate closely with APEC economies, APEC Secretariat for searching the best experts, considering their CV and related experience in the field of the project area.

3. March- July 2018

Overview and analysis of the main characteristics of APEC economies’ remote areas

Completed overview and analysis of the main characteristics of APEC economies’ remote areas

Incomplete overview.

All the outputs of this step will be presented to TWG. The project team guarantees thorough cooperation with members and experts from TWG and APEC economies.

4. August-October 2018

Analysis of problems remote areas face in the field of tourism, project recommendations on remote areas’ tourism capacity building.

Full analysis of remote areas tourism development while preserving their authenticity; remote areas defining features and main characteristics; perspectives of tourism development in APEC remote areas.

Lack of information/ low quality of case studies.

Close cooperation between project team, TWG and all interested parties. All the interim results will be presented to TWG for feedback.

It is supposed not just to attract, but actively involve all the interested parties in informational exchange.

Special focus will be made on the interaction with experts from APEC economies.

5. August-September 2018

The workshop preparation; Invitation of speakers and participants, The workshop Agenda. Organization of participants flights, per diem, venue of the workshop, support and etc.

Workshop Agenda; list of participants; venue; equipment; technical assistance, support, etc.  

Unsuccessful workshop due to lack of participants/ low quality of presentations/ lack of interest form APEC economies.  The project team will pay a lot of attention to the workshop preparation. The special efforts are going to be made to participation of women from APEC economies.  All the workshop materials and presentations will be disseminated among the participants in advance for providing the high level of the workshop discussions and outcomes.

6. October 2018

The workshop (Cebu, the Philippines).

The draft agenda of the workshop is attached (see appendix 1)

Workshop participants will discuss recommendations/ present their proposals and comments. Workshop materials, presentations, project recommendations, workshop outputs.

7. November-December 2018

The Final Report to be presented to TWG.

The finalizing of the Contract with APEC Secretariat.

The Project Final Report.

The risks are minor due to TWG’ close involvement in all the project activities.  Effective previous work, close interaction with all the interested parties and high quality of workshop materials guarantees successful project implementation.

Risks

The main institutional and substantial risks within the project implementation are:

1)  Institutional risks:

- Delay with contracting. Could be prevented by preparing well-timed and punctual contract documentation;

- Lack of APEC experts’ relevant experience and skills. Could be prevented by thorough study of experts’ experience in the sphere of tourism, the project team will require to present CVs and all the necessary characteristics.

2)  Substantial risks:

- Lack of information, required for project Overview and analysis. Could be prevented by working in close cooperation with TWG, permanent information sharing;

- Lack of interest to the workshop (Cebu, the Philippines). Could be prevented by high-quality workshop preparation and organization; careful selection of participants, their preliminary nomination, involvement of beneficiaries into the project discussions.

Generally - project risks are low.

- The risk of project results not filtering down to the remote areas in the APEC region with potential for tourism: The result of the project (the Final Report), which will include also the workshop presentations and the project recommendations, will be available on the APEC website. Besides, according to the procedure, which is common for government officials in all the APEC economies, the workshop participants prepare reports for overhead bodies and public servants, which, in turn, is responsible for filter down these reports to local levels. Necessity of this action will be highlighted during the workshop.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The project will be implemented according to the Guidebook on APEC Projects in close coordination with TWG Program Director, co-sponsors and other interested parties.

The project is going to be implemented also in close cooperation with all the beneficiaries, which will have a possibility to make queries for necessary information and also will be timely informed  about all the project issues.

All the project outputs will be previously discussed with beneficiaries, and it will provide for a high quality of the project materials.  Cooperation is planned in on-line mode.

At least half of the workshop participants are going to be women. They will be involved into the workshop discussions and development of the project recommendations.

The project will have positive outcomes, which could show up in the long-term.

First, one of the project outputs is to increased comfort of tourists' stay in APEC economies remote areas. It will expand the touristic attractiveness of remote areas and will have positive influence on touristic market competiveness. The demand of touristic services will increase and as a result all types of economic activities, connected with touristic infrastructure (transport, services, attractions, etc.) will get renewed impetus for development.

Number of the workshop participants, number of recommendations- are the main indicators if the project success. Those indicators will help to measure project outcomes. The number of women, participating in project implementation and attending the workshop, will be an indicator of the gender impact of the project.

The other indicators are:

1) Number of analysed APEC economies (min 4) – Russia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines; There will be a general description of the region; all APEC economies will be able to exchange information and to present their experience for the project team, for later use in the Final Report.

2)  Number of analysed remote areas (min 4);

3)  Features of remote areas in developed economy (the USA);

4) Number of analytical strategies of leveraging remote areas tourism capacity while preserving their authenticity (min 4);

5) Developed key characteristics of remote areas, including  social and economic criteria (min 4);

6)  Number of experts from APEC economies (min 4);

7) The workshop duration (2 days, number of participants (min 25).

All APEC economies will be invited to take part in the project workshop.

Project beneficiaries will provide all the necessary information and materials, required by the project team. It is also planned to share the project information with beneficiaries by on-line mode and during the workshop.

Also there will be made the workshop evaluation to measure the success of the project and the workshop. The project team will develop and application form and disseminate among the workshop participants and TWG members.

All the project events and activities are going to be executed under the strong control from project team and TWG. The results of this control will help to avoid deviations in project schedule and content, which will guarantee the successful project completion. All the workshop participants will be invited to fill-in questionnaires, where they will be able to estimate the project outputs and impact.

All the project outputs will be accounted for and required as part of the submission of completion report to the Secretariat within two months after project completes.

Linkages

To participate in the project implementation the following parties are going to be invited: APEC economies, representatives of TWG and other APEC fora (SMEWG, BMG, ABAC, TEL, HRDWG, PPWE), representatives of International organizations (UNWTO, OECD, and the World Bank).

Project Overseer will work closely with co-sponsors for ensuring compliance of the project content with their expectations. During project implementation the project team will hold consultations with TWG Program Director for providing participation of all the interested parties. The project outputs will be presented to all the project participants.

APEC supports projects with involvement of governmental bodies, private sector, scientists, and representatives of international and non-governmental organizations. Close cooperation with other APEC fora allows considering all the aspects of the problem, and developing a system and coordinated approach. Financial support of the project from APEC fund will help to reach one of the main APEC goals – improvement of collaboration and connectivity between APEC economies.

There have been APEC project “Best Practices in Key Rural Tourism Resources Managed by Local Communities.”, implemented in 2010, which has been touched upon issues of rural (remote) areas development. The project team will examine and accommodate its data and outputs.

The proposed project will contribute to overcoming a gap in economic development and integration of remote areas for sustainable growth in APEC region, which was discussed at the SCE-led Policy Dialogue on “Bridging the Gap in Economic Development and Integration of Remote Areas for Sustainable Growth in the APEC region” held by the Russian Federation in August, 2017.

Sustainability

Within a year after project completion the project team will keep in touch with beneficiaries for consulting and supporting in on-line mode. As many stakeholders, related governmental and non-governmental organizations will be involved into the project implementation, project team will arrange regular information sharing, dedicated to the project recommendations implementation, between all the interested parties by e-mail, with purpose of consulting and monitoring interim results of project outputs application.  The PO will disseminate the questionnaire to follow the project recommendation appliance and its result, as well as to provide consultations if necessary.

Recommendations, developed in the frames of the project, could be applied by each APEC economy for remote areas development. Responsible authorities will have an opportunity to receive the full informational support from the project experts.

Workshop materials and the project reports will be available in documents APEC base for all the interested parties.

Upon the project completion the next step is to monitor project recommendations application and use, to develop relevant measures by responsible authorities to increase the number of tourists, travelling to remote areas of APEC economies. For this purpose it is recommended to develop special methodology and organize interviews of responsible public authorities, international organizations and tourist associations.

Besides, in the frames of this project is going to be done just a part of study on APEC remote areas development (Phase I). All the project outputs, findings and recommendations will be a base for the further investigation of measures of remote areas further development and for the following projects’ design (Phase II).

Methodical project profitability: The following outputs are going to be developed: algorithm of identifying tourist and production capacity of the remote areas in APEC economies; the road map of developing remote areas; measures to work with local population and other stakeholders, including potential investors and responsible authorities.

Practical project profitability: The basic register of remote areas is to be developed to comprise the key indicators as follows:

- Input of tourism in employment market (including self-employment);

- Aggregate income from tourism in remote areas (in absolute and relative measures in the general revenue breakdown);

- Unemployment rate decrease;

- Increase of infrastructure development (water supply system, gas, electric power, sewerage, etc.);

- Increase of welfare development (medical care, education, social services);

- Natural population growth / preservation;

- Natural migration growth;

- Growth of financial and non-financial investments;

- Increase of purchasing power of remote areas population.

As a follow up, the recommendation resulted from the workshop should be followed up by infrastructure development to improve the touristic capacity in the remote areas. There could be capacity building for the society in the remote areas itself.

Project Overseers

The Project Overseer - Mr. Valery Korovkin, Head of International Cooperation Department of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism. Mr. Korovkin is a high-level professional in the field of his activities. He took part in the 7th and 8th Ministerial Meetings held in Russia and China as well as he actively participates in the TWG agenda. He has a good experience in developing and implementation of APEC tourism projects, especially Russian “Smart Traveller” programmes to facilitate international travel in the APEC region.

Ms. Marina Mutalieva (Consultant of International Cooperation Department of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism,  is responsible for carrying out the activities connected with APEC and she will assist the project team in the implementation of the project.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Russian and international consultants will be contracted at the initial project implementation stage. It is planned to contract max. 3 experts to provide the project team with necessary information regarding remote areas in their economies. Also they have to participate in the project workshop with reports and presentation; to take part in project recommendations development and endorsement.

2 technical assistants (women) will come to the workshop to provide short-term clerical and administrative services of the workshop and provide all kind of technical support during the event.

Waivers

A waiver is sought for advance payment for project executors to cover the expenses of the initial stages of the project implementation.

A waiver is sought for advance payment:

·  for the speakers’ travel,

·  for the speakers’ per diem,

·  for the eligible economies participants’ travel,

·  for the eligible economies participants’ per diem,

·  for government officials from travel eligible economies to covet their travel expenses,

·  for technical assistants’ travel),

·  for technical assistants’ per diem,

·  speakers’ honoraria to be paid just after the event.

All funded participants and most of the speakers are representatives of travel eligible economies and have no possibility to travel without the advanced payment.

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