ASEAN looks towards comprehensive and balanced tourism development

The 46th ASEAN National Tourism Agencies Meeting is taking place in Dai Lai, northern Vinh Phuc province from July 24 to 26, discussing strengthening the ASEAN tourism's competitiveness as a common destination, and ensuring sustainable and comprehensive tourism development, together with boosting the development of tourism professional labour forces.

During the meeting, leaders of ASEAN national tourism agencies reviewed the outcomes of the 20thASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting that took place in the Philippines in late January, whilst hearing a summary report on the implementation of the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2016-2025.

Under the ATSP, ASEAN will become a high-quality tourism destination by 2025, providing visitors with diverse and unique experiences. ASEAN will promote sustainable, responsible, comprehensive and balanced tourism development, contributing significantly to the people's socio-economic development across the whole region.

Delegates will also look into the reports of the meetings of four ASEAN tourism cooperation committees, held in Cambodia last April, including the third meeting of the ASEAN Tourism Competitiveness Committee, the third meeting of the ASEAN Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism Development Committee, the 17th meeting of the ASEAN Tourism Professional Monitoring Committee, and the third meeting of the ASEAN Tourism Resourcing, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee.

In addition, the ASEAN Secretariat will report on the results of ASEAN tourism activities for the 2016-2017 period and the tourism co-operation in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, as well as activities to promote ASEAN tourism cooperation with social organizations and ASEAN-China, ASEAN-Japan and ASEAN-Republic of Korea centers.

The tourism cooperation between ASEAN and partners, including ASEAN+3 (China, Japan and ROK), ASEAN-China and ASEAN-India, will be on the table at sessions scheduled on July 26.

At this meeting, Viet Nam will also announce its hosting of the ASEAN Tourism Forum, scheduled for January 2019, in Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province.

Tourism is one of the important cooperation fields within ASEAN. In 2016, international tourist arrivals to ASEAN countries reached 113 million, up 7% compared to the previous year.

ASEAN cooperation is of great importance to Viet Nam's tourism industry. Tourism source markets in ASEAN have contributed approximately 15% of the total international tourist arrivals to Viet Nam. Some countries, such as Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, are not only among Viet Nam's top 10 source markets, but also important gateways for international guests to visit the country.

Source: Online Newspaper of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam