Meeting focusses on ASEAN tourism initiatives

Izah Azahari

Progress has been made in the implemen-tation of the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP), said Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji  Mohd Ishak.

He made these comments chairing the 51st Meeting of the ASEAN National Tourism Organisation (NTO) at The Empire Brunei in Jerudong yesterday. The heads of NTOs from ASEAN member states (AMS) attended  the meeting.

Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman said a number of important matters would be discussed during the meeting that would contribute to the progress and development of ASEAN tourism, such as regional collaboration; joint cooperation among AMS and partners; and the sustainable and inclusive tourism development of ASEAN destinations, to remain competitive in the tourism industry.

Vice-Chair of the meeting and Head of NTO Cambodia Thong Rathasak in his welcoming remark expressed the hope that the 51st ASEAN NTO Meeting would serve as a platform of options, opinions and ideas for tourism in AMS; to discuss other issues related to the implementation of the ATSP 2016-2025; to improve the regional tourism services; and enhance the implementation of the ATSP 2016-2025.

The meeting discussed the progress of the implementation of ATSP 2016-2025; discussing the mid-term of ATSP 2016-2025; and considering the reports of the ASEAN Tourism Committees on Competitiveness, Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism Development, Tourism Professionals Monitoring and Tourism Resourcing, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism cum Chairman of the ASEAN NTO Meeting Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak joins hands with other attendees. PHOTO: IZAH AZAHARI

It also reviewed the ASEAN tourism performance in 2018 and 2019, and discussed cooperation with other ASEAN bodies and dialogue partners – namely, Plus Three, India and the Russian Federation.

The ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020 theme this year is ‘ASEAN – Together Towards a Next Generation of Travel’.

The week-long event will also comprise a three-day Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) tomorrow, where some 1,000 tourism officials and exhibitors are expected to participate in meetings and social functions, including the presence of international and local media representatives.

The 51st Meeting of the ASEAN NTOs will be followed by the 23rd ASEAN-India Tourism Working Group, the 10th ASEAN-Russian Federation Tourism Consultation, and the 36th ASEAN Plus Three NTOs Meeting, in preparation of the 23rd ASEAN Tourism Ministers’ Meeting, the 19th ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Ministers’ Meeting, and the 8th ASEAN Tourism Ministers Plus India Meeting.