Conference looks to develop tourism in ASEAN, central Vietnam
Updated : Monday, June 11, 2018 4:50 PM (GMT+0700)

Thefirst international conference on sustainable tourism development in theAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the central region ofVietnam was recently held in Da Nang city.

 
At the conference - Photo: VGP

Participants sharedexperience in and solutions to developing tourism such as increasing theinvolvement of the community in rural tourism development, promoting culinarytourism, creating knowledge-based tourism products, seeking sustainablefinancial measures for marine conservation sites, and developing human resources.

When it comes to travellingin central Vietnam, there’s much talk about the imperial city of Hue, My Sonsanctuary and old trading port city of Hoi An. Undoubtedly, theseUNESCO-accredited world heritage sites have long been must-see spots for touristsin the region. 

However, the central coastboasts a broader mix of attractions. Besides its numerous UNESCO accreditedcultural heritage sites, pristine beaches and jaw dropping scenery make thecentral coastal localities, especially Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang and BinhThuan, luxury sea-tourism centres that greatly contribute to the country’soverall appeal to travellers. 

The area has a coast line of1,430 km, with most cities facing the ocean. These central coastal localitiesare developing eco-sea tourism, leisure tourism, and sea sport tourism, withscuba diving, parasailing and kayaking. 

The region is also very richin inland natural resources, with green forests, imposing mountain ranges,amazing hot springs and a thick density of cultural and historical relics whichare still waiting to be highlighted as tourism products. 

Founded in 1967, the10-member ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar,the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The 2019 ASEAN Tourism Forum(ATF) will be held in Vietnam’s northern province of Quang Ninh from January14-19 under the theme “ASEAN: The Power of One”.

A wide range of activitieswill be held as part of the forum such as formal meetings between officials ofASEAN National Tourism Organisation (NTO) and meetings between ASEAN tourismministers and their counterparts from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea andIndia.

Other events includeassociation meetings involving ASEAN Tourism Association, Federation of ASEANTravel Association, ASEAN Airlines Association, and ASEAN Hotel &Restaurant Association, exhibition and business appointments seeking tofacilitate the trade of regional and individual tourism products of ASEANmember states, and a tourism conference.

The unique and specialisedATF Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) is expected to make it easier and more convenientfor suppliers of ASEAN tourism products and services and international buyersto conduct business. 

Foreign arrivals to Vietnamsurpassed 6.7 million in the five months this year, up 27.6 percent annually,according to the General Statistics Office.

The number of Asian touristshit over 5 million in five months, up 33.3 percent while those from China wasup 37 percent, the Republic of Korea (62.1 percent), Japan (6.6 percent),Malaysia (12.5 percent), Thailand (9.1 percent), Singapore (5.4 percent). 

Meanwhile, the number ofEuropean visitors rose by 11.8 percent year-on-year, including those fromRussia (up 9.2 percent), France (13.1 percent), the UK (9.6 percent), Germany(8.5 percent), Italy (18.3 percent). Visitors from America and Oceania were up13.8 percent and 12.1 percent, respectively.

Source:VNA

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