COVID-19 triggered an unprecedented crisis, with significant long term consequences for the tourism economy, calling for governments and the private sector to take proactive steps and co-ordinated policy action to mitigate the impacts and support the recovery. It has also revealed gaps in government and industry preparedness and response capacity, and exposed shortcomings in tourism statistical information systems to inform policy and business decisions in a timely and granular manner. This session will focus on drawing lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, to chart a path forward for a stronger, more resilient tourism economy. The first panel will consider what worked well (and not so well) in response efforts, share good policy and data practices, and identify how to improve the capacity of governments, the private sector and the tourism ecosystem as a whole to absorb, recover and adapt to future shocks. The second panel will examine data innovations and good practice to improve the evidence base for policy and business decisions.