HANOI (Xinhua) – About 200 delegates, including leaders of national tourism organisations (NTOs) of Asean members and the regional groupings partners are gathered in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh province to discuss, among other matters, measures to speed up sustainable tourism development.
Addressing the meeting at Ha Long city, Nguyen Trung Khanh, general director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said tourism sector contributes to better political and cultural understanding, and forges closer bilateral and multilateral cooperation not only among regional countries, but also among nations in the world.
Themed Asean: The Power of One, the 38th Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) aims to intensify cooperative regional efforts to promote Asean as one tourist destination for international visitors, and to promote intra-block tourism.
The delegates will focus their discussions on standardisation and development of human resources, improvement of competitive edges, and inclusive and sustainable development in tourism sector, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
The forum will also provide a platform for the sales of regional and individual tourism products of Asean member countries through a three-day TRAVEX with the participation of 610 corporate sellers and 290 buyers. The sellers are from Vietnam and other nine Asean members, and the buyers are from 32 countries, mostly from Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Vietnam hosted some 15.5 million visitors in 2018, up 19.9 % over the 2017 figure. South Korea took the lead with 44.3 %, followed by Finland (24.9 %), and China (23.9 %), according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. Quang Ninh alone received 5.2 million foreign visitors.