ASEAN tourism ministers to develop Joint Declaration on Cruise Tourism

Published on : Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ASEAN tourism ministers to developASEAN tourism ministers agreed to develop a Joint Declaration on Cruise Tourism at the annual ASEAN Tourism Forum in Singapore held from January 19 to 21.


At a news briefing, the ministers reiterated their commitment to develop Southeast Asia into a vibrant cruising destination.


The joint declaration will set out principles to spur port and destination development in the region and further encourage industry stakeholders to collaborate and grow cruise tourism in Southeast Asia.


Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran, who also chaired the meeting, said the cruise industry is a “network product” that “plays to the strength of ASEAN”.


He added that work needs to be done across the board, highlighting the importance of developing infrastructure to accommodate cruise ships of varying sizes and on-shore programmes to complement the arrival of ships.


About 4.5 million cruise passengers are expected to sail through Southeast Asia annually by 2035 – ten times the current levels of about 450,000.


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