| Danial Norjidi |
THE ASEAN-Korea Centre announced recently that it has been invited to participate in the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019, which will be taking place from January 14-18 in Ha Long City, Vietnam.
As noted in a press release from the centre, the ASEAN Tourism Forum is the largest annual tourism event organised by the ASEAN Secretariat, and will see tourism ministers and representatives of the National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) from all 10 ASEAN member countries gather to discuss the key agenda for development of ASEAN’s tourism industry.
Along with the ASEAN-Korea Centre, representatives from the dialogue partners of ASEAN including Korea, Japan, India, and Russia are also invited.
The ASEAN-Korea Centre has been invited to participate in the forum since its inception in 2009, enabling it to present its activities and contributions to invigorating tourism and people-to-people exchanges between ASEAN and Korea at the ASEAN Ministers meeting and ASEAN NTOs meeting.
The press release stated that celebrating the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-Korea relations and its 10th anniversary of establishment this year, the ASEAN-Korea Centre will emphasise its vision and plans for expanding and deepening socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN and Korea.
It was also shared that on the occasion of the forum, a trilateral meeting among the ASEAN-Korea Centre, ASEAN-China Centre, and ASEAN-Japan Centre will be held to explore collaborations in the ASEAN+3 framework.
ASEAN-Korea Centre Secretary General Lee Hyuk said, “ASEAN is the most favoured destination for Korean travellers, attracting 7.6 million Koreans in 2017. The number of mutual visit is constantly growing and expected to reach record high of 10 million in 2018.
“Amid the ever-growing people-to-people contacts and exchanges, the New Southern Policy of the Korean government has set a target of increasing the number of annual mutual visits between ASEAN and Korea to 15 million by 2020.
“The ASEAN-Korea Centre has actively supported the Korean government’s initiative by implementing a variety of tourism and exchange projects. The ASEAN Tourism Forum will serve as a meaningful platform for the centre to communicate such efforts with key policymakers and partners from ASEAN,” he added.