Vietnam ready to host ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019
Updated : Friday, January 11, 2019 2:49 PM (GMT+0700)

Vietnam and thenortheastern province of Quang Ninh in particular are ready to host the ASEANTourism Forum 2019 (ATF 2019), which will take place in Ha Long city fromJanuary 14-18. 

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Quang Tung (centre) addressing
the press conference - Photo:

The statement was made by Le Quang Tung, Deputy Minister ofCulture, Sports and Tourism at a press conference in Hanoi on January 9.

Vietnam first hosted the ATF 10 years ago and this year’sedition is set to open opportunities for cooperation and promote the beauty ofthe people, countries and cultures in the region to international friends, hesaid. 

“ATF 2019 is the bridge that enhances ASEAN’s geopoliticalposition and its partners through bilateral and multilateral dialogues”, henoted.

With the theme of “ASEAN – The Power of One”, the forum is inline with ASEAN cooperation, towards a “One Vision, One Identity, OneCommunity” bloc.

Vietnam has become a dynamic and prominent touristdestination that attracts visitors with its special values in culture andhistory, beautiful natural sceneries, friendly and hospitable people. In theASEAN community, Vietnam’s tourism is closely linked with other membercountries, aiming at prosperity and sustainable development, he said.

Tung affirmed that it is a chance for Vietnam to enhance itsposition in regional tourism cooperation and introduce its huge potential.

The ATF, established in 1981, is a regional effort to promoteASEAN as one tourist destination. The annual event involves all the tourismindustry sectors of the 10 member states.

This year, the event will also include India, the Republic ofKorea, Japan, Russia and China.

“Through the activities of the ATF, we will promote thecommon beauty of member country and each nation’s identity”, said Tung.

The ATF will boost ASEAN countries as a single, multifaceteddestination, and a competitive and attractive tourist destination.

Its main activities include the ASEAN Tourism MinistersMeetings, ASEAN Tourism Conference, Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) and toursdiscovering UNESCO-recognised world natural heritage Ha Long Bay andneighbouring destinations.

During the forum, delegates will discuss some problems of theregional tourism such as human resources development, competitivenessimprovement, sustainable tourism development, and investment attraction intourism, Tung said. 

TRAVEX is set to take place on January 16-18, providing aplatform for selling and buying regional and individual tourism products. Itaims to make it convenient for suppliers of ASEAN tourism products and servicesand international buyers to conduct business and meet participants throughappointment on-site. The event is expected to draw 290 buyers and 610 sellers.

In addition, to mark the occasion, the Minister of Culture,Sports and Tourism will work with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) torelease a book entitled “Tourism Stories in Vietnam” in Vietnamese and English.

Source: VNA

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