National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) opened in the northern province of Quang
Ninh on January 14, starting a series of activities within the framework of the
2019 ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF).
Nearly 200 delegates and leaders of NTOs of ASEAN and
partner countries will discuss measures to promote sustainable tourism
development in the region and specify the tourism sector’s contributions to
gross domestic product and international tourist arrivals.
Speaking at the event, General Director of the Vietnam
National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Trung Khanh said tourism is an
inevitable driving force of not only ASEAN member states, but also the world. Khanh
added that the sector contributes to raising political and cultural
understanding as well as promoting bilateral and multilateral cooperation among
regional countries in particular.
The ATF 2019 took on the theme “ASEAN: The Power of One”, towards
the goal of an ASEAN with “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”.
The five-day forum also affords Vietnam a chance to
popularise the image of Vietnam’s tourism in the region and the world, introducing
the outstanding tourist products of Vietnam and Quang Ninh in particular,
especially in the realms of beach leisure, MICE and cuisine tourism.
Bilateral meetings of ASEAN NTOs were also held as part of
On the sidelines of major events, the organising board arranged
tours of Ha Long Bay and Yen Tu relic site for the delegates.–VNA
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