Project Title

Study and Workshop to Generate Digital Tools for the Transition to Formal Economy of Tourism Businesses in the Asia-Pacific Region 

Project Year

2023   

Project Number

TWG 02 2023A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

TWG 02 2023A 

Project Title

Study and Workshop to Generate Digital Tools for the Transition to Formal Economy of Tourism Businesses in the Asia-Pacific Region 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Digital Innovation 

Project Year

2023 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

120,000 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

120,000 

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)

Peru 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chile; China; Malaysia; Russia; Singapore 

Expected Start Date

01/08/2023 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2024 

Project Proponent Name 1

Paul Ramos 

Job Title 1

Analyst on Tourism 

Organization 1

Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(51) 5136100 Extension 1549 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

pramos@mincetur.gob.pe 

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

Paul Ramos 

Project Summary

During its year of hosting APEC in 2024, Peru seeks to promote, as one of its priorities, the issue of digital connectivity as a tool to promote the transition of informal economic actors to the formal economy that supports the simplification and modernization of the state, so this project is in line with that objective. This project will develop a study that includes collects information from a sample of voluntary businesses in the tourism sector in APEC economies; a literature and documentary review on public policies and the main digital tools available that would support the formalization of businesses in the tourism sector; the development of a workshop for the discussion and debate of new tools identified, and the preparation of a summary report based on the results of the study and the workshop.

Relevance

Issues: One of the main problems affecting the tourism sector in APEC economies is the presence of a large number of informal economic actors operating outside the legal framework. This can generate economic inequalities and limit the development of the tourism sector. Also, the adoption of digital tools can help economic actors to formalize and comply with legal requirements. However, many of these actors do not have access to appropriate digital tools, which limits their ability to formalize. As a result, they may not be aware of the options available to them. Even if informal economic actors know about the digital tools available, they may not have the capacity or resources to adopt and use them properly. That is why the project, seeks to provide a series of good practices of digital tools and capacity building of economic actors in the tourism sector to support and motivate formalization processes in the APEC region especially to economies with a high percentage of informal sectors contributing to GDP. In 2022, the World Bank and APEC Policy Support Unit (PSU) identified informal sector contribution of GDP as Peru (56. 6%), Thailand (47.7%), Russia (42.1%), The Philippines (38.1%), Brunei Darussalam (33.6%), Mexico (29.9%), Malaysia (29.3%), Korea (26.1%), Chile (18.7%), Indonesia (17.9%), Canada (15.5%), Australia (14.1%), Vietnam (14%), New Zealand (12%), Singapore (11.9%), China (11.2%), Japan (10.2%), and United States (8.2%)[1].

Some of the problems it seeks to address include informal economy in the tourism sector, lack of knowledge and access to formal tools for SMEs, scarcity of business skills and capacities, and lack of customized solutions according to the reality of APEC economies.

Informal economy: The project aims to reduce informal economy in the tourism sector by providing digital tools and formalization strategies. Informality can hinder economic growth, create inequalities, and make it difficult for economic actors to access resources and legal protection.

Lack of knowledge and access to digital tools: Many informal businesses may not be aware of the available digital tools that can assist in their formalization process. Therefore, the project aims to provide information, training, and access to these tools, enhancing their ability to meet the necessary legal and administrative requirements.

Scarcity of business skills and capacities: The lack of business skills and knowledge can impede the formalization of businesses. Therefore, the project seeks to strengthen business capacities in the use of digital tools, enabling them to improve their management, efficiency, and competitiveness.

Lack of customized solutions: Each APEC economy has specific characteristics and challenges. In this regard, the project proposes offering customized solutions adapted to the needs and specific context of each volunteer economy, increasing the effectiveness of formalization strategies.

In this framework, the project benefits economies with greater informal gaps in the tourism sector by proposing alternatives to implement public policies focused on economic growth, competitiveness, and regional cooperation.

Eligibility and Fund Priorities: This project meets the eligibility criteria of the ASF Digital Innovation Sub-fund given that the project will support capacity building needs and seek to identify digital tools that support the transition of tourism business to the formal economy improving the growth of the digital economy in the Asia-Pacific region. In this line, the project is aligned with the Key areas “Internet and Digital Economy Roadmap” on increasing trust and security in the use of ICTs, increasing the inclusiveness of the internet and digital economy and fostering interoperability, given that it supports the integration of tourism sector businesses into the formal economy. In this way, the project seeks to promote the digital economy in the APEC region through capacity building of the main stakeholders of the tourism value chain and the generation of debate on how technologies can support the solution of socio-economic problems in the APEC region as such the informality, and thus support the decision making of public agents and the promotion of productivity by the private sector.

Capacity Building: The proposed project has great potential to build the capacity of APEC member economies in the formalization of businesses in the tourism sector and the use of digital tools to facilitate this process. By providing a comprehensive literature and desk review of available digital tools that support business formalization in the tourism sector, and by identifying the main digital tools that can support business formalization in the tourism sector in APEC economies, this project can provide valuable and targeted information to businesses and relevant authorities in APEC economies on how to improve their formalization processes and use digital tools to make it easier and more effective. In summary, the proposed project has the potential to build the capacity of APEC member economies in the use of digital tools and business formalization in the tourism sector, and can provide specific and customized solutions to address the challenges faced by businesses in the tourism sector in each APEC economy.

The project aims to contribute in four aspects: identifying strategies for business formalization, enhancing capacities for implementation, proposing customized solutions aligned with APEC economies, and fostering collaboration and learning.

Business formalization: The project seeks to provide information and best practices on digital tools that support the formalization of tourism businesses. This will enable informal economic actors in the tourism sector to regularize their situation and operate within the legal framework. Formalizing these businesses will contribute to reducing the informal economy, promoting transparency, and equity in the sector.

Capacity building: Through workshops, training, and identification of relevant digital tools, the project aims to strengthen the capacity of APEC economies in using these tools and in business formalization processes. This will allow tourism sector businesses to maximize the benefits of digital technologies, improve their efficiency and competitiveness, thereby contributing to economic development.

Customized solutions: The project focuses on providing specific and customized solutions to address the challenges faced by tourism businesses in APEC economies. This involves identifying the particular needs and characteristics of each economy and providing tailored recommendations and guidance adapted to their specific context. This will help maximize the benefits and effectiveness of digital tools in each economy.

Collaboration and learning: The project will foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among APEC economies. By sharing best practices, lessons learned, and successful experiences in formalization and the use of digital tools in the tourism sector, mutual learning and increased regional cooperation will be promoted.

In summary, the project aims to drive the formalization of tourism businesses in APEC economies through the use of digital tools. This will not only benefit the businesses themselves but also contribute to sustainable economic growth, equity, and competitiveness in the regional tourism sector.



[1] (Andre Wirjo, Sylwyn Calizo Jr. and Rodrigo Balbontín, 2022)

Objectives

The objective of this project is to identify and evaluate the main digital tools available that can support the formalization of businesses in the tourism sector in APEC economies, in order to foster digital connectivity and favor the transition of informal economic actors to the formal economy in the region. The aims to contribute to a reduction in the failure of policies implemented for the transition of informal businesses to formalization through a better understanding of the new management variables in APEC economies linked to digital connectivity. The study will also serve as a starting point for future research and will promote debate in APEC fora at business, policy-making, and academic levels focus on tourism sector.

Alignment

Alignment to APEC: This project supports the implementation of APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, which highlights “to ensure that Asia-Pacific remains the world’s most dynamic and interconnected regional economy, and commit to promoting seamless connectivity” and the Aotearoa Plan of Action, as it relates to the third economic driver: “Strong, Balanced, Secure, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth”, collective actions: “vi. Sharing experiences and best practice to promote inclusiveness and quality of life, including through: promoting structural reform to remove barriers to economic participation; encouraging the transition of economic actors from the informal to the formal economy; and data analysis.” Furthermore, it is in line with the La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth (2019-2030), as it contributes to the Key Action Area on Strengthening women’s labor force participation “to promote the transition of women from the informal to the formal economy…”. The project is aligned with the 2022 APEC Leaders’ Declaration, which point 13 includes “Digital technology and innovation have a greater role to play in advancing inclusive and sustainable growth, (…), including by encouraging the transition of economic actors from the informal to the formal economy.” Finally, this study is relevant to giving rise to a greater understanding of the transition from informality to business formality in relation to the adoption of digitalization, given Peru's hosting of APEC in 2024.

Alignment to Forum: This project is aligned with the second key priority of the Tourism Working Group (TWG) 2023 Work Plan "Sustainable Tourism" and supports the implementation of the APEC Tourism Strategic Plan 2020-2024, 1st and 2nd priority areas "Digital Transformation" and "Human Capital Development", in order to support regional initiatives and capacity building, particularly economies with a large informal sector, in promoting the formal economy. It could also align with the APEC 2023 Host Economy priority "Innovative: Enabling an Innovative Environment for a Sustainable Future" and "Inclusive: Affirming an Equitable and Inclusive Future for All" as it seeks to promote the digital economy and enabling environment for business, as well as strengthening SMEs and gender equity in all work streams.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: 

1. Research and Background Paper: This output involves conducting thorough research on best practices and available digital tools that support business formalization in the tourism sector in APEC economies, including their features, benefits, and limitations. This will be accomplished through documentary research, interviews with relevant stakeholders, and examination of the literature. The result will be the creation of a background paper that will serve as the foundation for the project, providing detailed information about the identified digital tools. This document will form the basis for defining the thematic lines of the workshop agenda and will also be shared with the participants in advance to stimulate discussion during the workshop. The document should have a minimum length of 25 pages.

2. 2-Day Workshop: This output entails organizing a two-day workshop where the identified best practices and digital tools from the background paper will be discussed and debated. The workshop will bring together experts, business representatives, policy makers, and academics from the tourism sector in APEC economies. During the workshop, the best practices and digital tools will be analyzed in detail, experiences will be shared, and their potential benefits and limitations will be explored through expert panels from APEC economies, as well as small group exercises to discuss case studies, opportunities, risks, best practices, solutions, and recommendations. The aim is to foster knowledge exchange and promote collaboration among APEC economies regarding business formalization in the tourism sector. The workshop is expected to take place in Lima, Peru, in August 2024.

3. Project Summary Report: This output involves preparing a report that summarizes the findings of the conducted study and the discussions and conclusions from the workshop. The report will highlight the key best practice and digital tools identified, their benefits and limitations, and provide specific and personalized recommendations to address the challenges faced by tourism businesses in APEC economies. A detailed analysis of the particular needs and characteristics of each economy will be conducted, and guidance and recommendations tailored to their specific context will be provided. These customized solutions will help maximize the benefits and effectiveness of the digital tools in each economy, facilitating the successful transition of informal economic actors to the formal economy in the tourism sector. The document will be structured to include, among other identified aspects, an executive summary, literature review, background paper, identification of best practices and digital tools, regulatory issues and risks, conclusions, and recommendations; considering almost 70 pages.

Outcomes: The project aims to contribute in three aspects: identifying strategies for business formalization, enhancing capacities for implementation, proposing customized solutions aligned with APEC economies, and fostering collaboration and learning.

Increased capacity and knowledge amongst participants on the use of digital tools in the tourism sector, to improve competitiveness and efficiency: Through workshops, training, and the identification of best practices and relevant digital tools, the project aims to strengthen the capacity of APEC economies in using these tools and in business formalization processes. This will enable businesses in the tourism sector to fully leverage the advantages of digital technologies and improve their efficiency and competitiveness, thereby contributing to economic development.

Increased resources and tools for APEC economies on digital tools in tourism sector: The project focuses on providing specific and customized solutions to address the challenges faced by tourism businesses in APEC economies. This involves identifying the particular needs and characteristics of each economy and providing tailored recommendations and guidance adapted to their specific context. This will help maximize the benefits and effectiveness of digital tools in each economy.

Increased connections and stakeholder networks between APEC economies to support improved collaboration in the region: The project will foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among APEC economies. By sharing best practices, lessons learned, and successful experiences in formalization and the use of digital tools in the tourism sector, mutual learning and increased regional cooperation will be promoted.

Beneficiaries: The beneficiaries of the project will include voluntary businesses in the tourism sector interested in formalizing and adopting digital tools, government authorities and regulatory agencies responsible for promoting formalization, researchers and academics interested in studying the topic, and local communities that will increase their economic development opportunities through the transition to the formal economy. In addition, gender equity will be promoted in the selection of businesses, and disaggregated data by sex will be collected during the workshop.

Voluntary businesses in the tourism sector in APEC economies: These businesses will be the direct users and main beneficiaries of the project. They will be companies interested in formalizing and improving their operations by using digital tools. They will be selected voluntarily and will represent a variety of subsectors and company sizes. Voluntary businesses in the tourism sector in APEC economies should have experience in the tourism industry, knowledge of technology and digitalization, a commitment to formalization, representation from a variety of subsectors and sizes within the tourism sector (accommodation establishments, restaurants, and travel agencies), possess communication and leadership skills, with consideration for a gender-inclusive approach in their selection.

Government authorities and regulatory agencies: These entities will play a key role in promoting formalization and the adoption of digital tools in the tourism sector. They will be responsible for implementing policies and regulations that encourage business formalization and streamline procedures for tourism companies. They should have experience in implementing policies and regulations that promote business formalization and the adoption of digital tools in the tourism sector. Additionally, they are expected to possess a solid understanding of available digital tools and how to promote their adoption. Communication and leadership skills are also required to effectively implement policies and regulations and collaborate with tourism businesses in their formalization process.

Researchers and academics: The results and recommendations will provide a solid foundation for future research, comparative analysis, and policy development. Researchers and academics should have experience in studying formalization and the adoption of digital tools in the tourism sector. Additionally, they are expected to possess a strong understanding of available digital tools and how to promote their adoption. Research and analytical skills are also expected to effectively utilize the project's results and recommendations for future research and comparative analysis. Furthermore, communication and collaboration skills are required to establish networks and collaborations with other researchers and academics on an international level.

Participants in the discussion and debate workshop: Participants will benefit from exchanging experiences, learning from best practices, and establishing collaboration networks. It is expected that participants have experience in the tourism sector and a strong understanding of available digital tools and how to promote their adoption. Additionally, communication and collaboration skills are essential for exchanging experiences, learning from best practices, and establishing collaboration networks. Leadership and decision-making skills are also expected to implement the project's recommendations in their respective organizations and countries. Disaggregated data by sex will be collected during the workshop to consider gender equity in data collection and analysis.

Local communities: Local communities in APEC economies will benefit indirectly from the project as a result of the implementation of its outcomes. The formalization of tourism businesses can generate local employment, promote economic development, and improve the quality of life in these communities.

Dissemination

To disseminate the project's results, the following dissemination actions are proposed:

Electronic publication of Final Report: The final report of the project is envisioned to be an APEC electronic publication. This report will contain detailed study findings, specific recommendations, and personalized solutions to address the challenges of formalization in the tourism sector in APEC economies. The publication will be designed to be attractive and accessible, with a suitable format for electronic distribution and easy download.

Website: The final project report will be hosted on the official websites of APEC and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, providing a reliable and widely recognized platform for the dissemination of the results.

Social media: Social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru will be used to promote and disseminate the project's results. Excerpts and highlighted summaries from the final report will be published, along with links to the website for access to the full version of the report. Social media platforms will help reach a wider audience and generate interest in the project's results.

Targeted dissemination to the project's intended audience: Dissemination actions such as virtual workshops and seminars will be conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru.

Informal sector tourism businesses interested in formalization: Specific reports and materials will be directed towards these businesses, providing clear and practical information on available digital tools and how they can assist in the formalization of their operations.

Government authorities and regulatory agencies: Reports and documents will offer recommendations and guidance to these entities on promoting formalization and facilitating the adoption of digital tools in the tourism sector. Best practices will be highlighted, and relevant case studies will be presented.

Researchers and academics: Reports and documents will be shared with this community to encourage further research and knowledge exchange in the field of formalization and digital tools in the tourism sector.

Gender

Targets

Female Participants (%)

50%

Female Speakers/Experts (%)

30%

PO is committed to collecting sex disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (not only those funded by APEC) at the project event. This data will be included when submitting a Completion Report to the Secretariat upon completion of the project, as well as providing guidance to future POs on their own gender parity targets.

Referring to the Guide on Gender Criteria for APEC Project Proposals in the Guidebook on APEC Projects, please tick the pillar or pillars that this project supports, in promoting women’s economic empowerment:


5 Pillars (you may tick more than one)

1

Access to Capital and Assets

2

Access to Markets

3

Skills, Capacity Building, and Health

X

4

Leadership, Voice and Agency

X

5

Innovation and Technology

X


Work Plan



Timeline

Tasks

Deliverables

Sep – Oct 2023

Contractor procedures

Two contracts signed

Nov 2023 – Jan 2024

Bibliographic and documentary review on digital tools available for the formalization of businesses in the tourism sector.

Preliminary Background Paper

Feb – Mar 2024

Design of the workshop (agenda, speakers, etc.

Draft documents

Mar - Apr 2024

Data analysis and preparation of results report

Background Paper

1 April 2024

Submmission of the APEC Project Monitoring Report to APEC Secretariat

APEC Project Monitoring Report

May – Jun 2024

Search and confirm Workshop venue

Workshop venue confirmed

Jun 2024

Prepare agenda, identify and confirm speakers

Draft agenda and matrix of speakers

Jun 2024

Draft General Information Circular (GIC) including the agenda and speaker list, draft post-Workshop participant survey

Draft General Information Circular (GIC)

Jun 2024

Disseminate GIC

General Information circular endorsed.

Jun – Jul 2024

Facilitate registration of participants and Non-Member Participation (NMP) process’ and circulation of Background Paper

Non-Member Participation matrix and email of circulation

Aug 2024

Delivery of 2-day Workshop in Lima’

Workshop held

Aug 2024

Disseminate and collect the post-Workshop survey to participants.

Survey of workshop

Aug 2024

Finalize and submit the Event Attendance List to the Secretariat

Event attendance list

Oct 2024

Prepare the Project Summary Report

Draft Project Summary Report

1 Nov 2024

Submit Project Summary Report to the Secretariat for review and forum approval.

Project Summary report

31 Dec 2024

Dissemination of APEC publication

APEC publication

Feb 2025

Submission of the APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents to APEC Secretariat

APEC Project Completion Report

6-12 months after project completes

PO participation in the Longer-term Evaluation of APEC Projects survey (LTEAP)

LTEAP survey completed

Risks

No.

Risks

How will it be managed?

1

Lack of commitment from beneficiaries

There is a risk that tourism businesses, government authorities, or other beneficiaries may not demonstrate a strong commitment to implementing the project's results. To mitigate this risk, effective awareness-raising and communication activities will be conducted to highlight the benefits and importance of formalization and the adoption of digital tools. Additionally, ongoing dialogue will be established with the beneficiaries to understand their needs and concerns, and the proposed solutions will be adapted accordingly.

2

Policy or regulatory changes

Policies and regulations may change during the course of the project, which could impact the implementation of the recommendations. To address this risk, close collaboration will be maintained with government authorities and regulatory agencies to ensure that the recommendations align with existing policies and to adapt to any changes in the regulatory environment. Efforts will be made to influence decision-making through the presentation of evidence and participation in policy dialogues.

3

Technological limitations

It is possible that some tourism businesses may face technological limitations in adopting the proposed digital tools. To address this risk, strategic partnerships will be established with the public and private sectors aimed at providing support to businesses in overcoming technological barriers. Alternative solutions will be identified, and options for gradual implementation will be offered to accommodate the existing technological capabilities of the businesses.

4

Lack of financial resources

The lack of financial resources can pose a challenge in implementing the project recommendations. To mitigate this risk, additional funding opportunities will be sought through partnerships with existing organizations and programs that support formalization and the use of digital tools. Collaboration with financial institutions will be promoted, and options for public and private financing will be explored.

5

Resistance to change

Some stakeholders may resist the proposed changes due to lack of understanding or fear of the unknown. To manage this risk, awareness and training activities will be conducted to demonstrate the benefits and value of formalization and the adoption of digital tools. Active participation of stakeholders will be encouraged in the design and implementation of the project to ensure that their perspectives and concerns are taken into account.


Monitoring and Evaluation

Evaluation Focus

Indicators

Evaluation Method

Reporting Method

Outputs

1.   Research and Background Paper of the available digital tools that support the formalization of business in the tourism sector in APEC economies  

1.    Contracted executed

31 Sep 2023

Certification by PO

Contract

2. Number of studies, projects and cases of public policies implemented.

Up to 14

List of the studies, projects and cases presented.

Proceedings

3. Number of economies whose experts participate in the research

Up to 11

List of the economies participating in the research

Proceedings

4. Content developed and deployed

April 2024

Certification by PO

Contract

Monitoring report and Evaluation metrics

100 % evaluation

List of evaluation report

Monitoring report

2.   2-day Workshop to discuss and debate the digital tools identified and their potential benefits and limitations

1.    No. of participants (excl. speakers/ experts)

50

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

2.    % of participating men/women (excl. speakers/experts)

50/50

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

3.    No. of speakers/
experts engaged

6

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

4.    % of speakers/
experts (men/women)

50/50

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

5.    No. of attending economies

11

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

6.    No. of travel eligible economies

11

Event Attendance List

Completion Report

7.    Content developed and deployed

31 Oct 2024

Certification by PO

Completion Report

3.   Project Summary Report of the results of the study and the workshop, containing specific recommendations for the promotion of digital connectivity and the transition of informal economic actors to the formal economy in the tourism sector in APEC economies.

1.    No. of pages

70

Certification by PO

Email to the Secretariat

2.    number of customised solutions identified

7

Review of the final project report

Completion report

3.    number of recommendations for APEC economies

7

Review of the final project report

Completion report

4.    Submission to the Secretariat

1 Nov 2024

Submission to the Secretariat

Email to the Secretariat

Out-comes

1.   Increased capacity and knowledge amongst participants on the use of digital tools in the tourism sector, to improve competitiveness and efficiency .

1.    80 % of participants who strengthened their knowledge and capabilities on the use of digital tools in the tourism sector.

August 2024

Feedback from participants.

Post-workshop survey.

2.   Increased resources and tools for APEC economies on digital tools in tourism sector

02 new resources available for APEC economies

November 2024

Review of the background paper and summary report of the project.

Completion report.

3.   Increased connections and stakeholder networks between APEC economies to support improved collaboration in the region

80 % of participants reporting expanded connections and networks in APEC economies. .

August 2024

Feedback from participants.

Post-workshop survey.

Others


Linkages

The project will demonstrate concrete contributions to the work plans of the TWG, as well as the DESG and SMEWG – which fall under the purview of CTI. The project also promotes cross-fora collaboration as it also aligns with ongoing work in the Internet and Digital Economy Roadmap. The main recipients will be businesses, policymakers and academia from APEC economies, especially developing economies with a high degree of informality. Given the cross-cutting nature of the informal economy agenda, the project will promote cross-fora collaboration by seeking inputs, recommendations and participation from relevant APEC sub-fora and Committees, such as SMEWG, CTI, among others. Also, this project will encourage ABAC’s participation in the project, as it can have a unique insight into how MSMEs move into the formal economy.

Sustainability

To ensure project sustainability and continued impact after APEC funding, the following strategies are proposed:

Beneficiary support: Continuous support for tourism businesses, government authorities, and academics to implement project outcomes. This includes additional training, technical guidance, and personalized follow-up by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru.

Next steps and future actions: Identifying potential next steps such as pilot programs, further research projects, or strategic partnerships with relevant tourism stakeholders. Led and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru.

Ensuring future actions: Creating clear and specific implementation plans with commitment and involvement from beneficiaries and key stakeholders. These plans establish objectives, activities, and timelines for ongoing formalization and digital tool adoption efforts.

Monitoring next steps: Implementing a monitoring system to assess progress of future actions. This includes collecting key performance indicators, conducting periodic evaluations, and gathering feedback from beneficiaries and stakeholders.

Measuring progress: Using predefined indicators to measure progress, such as the number of formalized tourism businesses, increased digital tool usage, improved efficiency and competitiveness, and reduced informal economy. Periodic evaluations will compare results against established goals to assess ongoing project impact.

Project Overseers

Mr. Paul RAMOS, Analyst on Tourism of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, with 10 years of professional experience on the tourism sector leading several initiatives in internal scope: such us the Tourism Sector Formalization Plan 2019-2021, "Turismo Seguro" (Safe Tourism) Strategy, Regional Touristic Products Handbook of Peru, among others and specialized on design and development of public policies on tourism sector.

Ms. Veralucia ABATE, professional on tourism international affairs, as PO`s assistant.


Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

No.

Specific Tasks

No. of Hours

1.             

Project Manager:

a)     coordinate the research and Background Paper of the available digital tools that support the formalization of business in the tourism sector in APEC economies.

b)     Identify which economies are best placed to share experiences on which digital tools.

c)     Identify  14 suitable case studies, policies, examples or solutions for discussion at the Workshop’.

d)     Conducting the documentary research, interviews with relevant stakeholders, and examination of the bibliography for the Background Paper.

e)     Drafting the Background Paper with a minimum of 25 pages.

f)      Preparing the Project Summary Report with a minimum of 70 pages, including the analysis of the Workshop material and Background Paper.

g)     Prepare a detailed analysis of the particular needs and characteristics of each involved economy.

h)     Draw conclusions and recommendations for APEC economies’

i)      Prepare interview questions

j)      Conduct interviews with at least 3 experts. conduct interview, survey

k)     plan and prepare the General Information Circular (GIC) and the agenda of the workshop

l)      Develop the Project Summary Report of the results of the study and the workshop, containing specific recommendations for the promotion of digital connectivity and the transition of informal economic actors to the formal economy in the tourism sector in APEC economies. 

2 Assistants /Researcher:

a)     Compile CVs of the experts and speakers.

b)     Support the research report and draw out the recommendations,

c)     work on the development of design for the Project Summary Report (Publication)

490

2.             

Short-term Clerical Work:

Technical assistant:

a)  prepare invitation letters for workshop

b)  confirm the participation in the workshop

c)   register participants of the workshop

d)  send e-mails and other materials for APEC speakers before, during and after the workshop

e)  support the summary of workshop (providing support for note-taking during the workshop, including group work and panel discussions).

f)    Handle the logistic issues related to the implantation of the workshop.

80

Total:

570


Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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