Published on : Wednesday, March 22, 2017
A new age begins for international tourism as 2017 ASEAN-China Year of Tourism Cooperation program gets full support and commitment of China and Southeast Asian countries or ASEAN. Rodrigo Duterte, President of Philippines, the host country said ‘’ reawakening of an age-old kinship” with China goes back to the pre-Spanish barter trade and tourism era.
To quote Duterte, ‘’ Through regional cooperation and diplomacy tourism, the goals to increase visitor arrivals, promote cultural exchanges, generate more livelihood for local people, improve infrastructure, and diversify investment in tourism activities can be achieved between ASEAN and China.’’
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, addressed a message from Chinese President Xi Jinping who praised the ASEAN neighbors for their friendly nature and neutrality in regional affairs and sharing the topography via cooperation in tourism.
To quote Duterte, ‘’ China accepts such stance as a sign of mutual respect, opportunity for development, and affirmation for global peace and prosperity. The current world situation is reconciliatory. Through tourism cooperation, ASEAN and China can do great and good things together like our situation in the Philippines where we are prioritizing sustainable and inclusive tourism. With booming travel between ASEAN and China, our cooperation will bring nations and peoples closer together.’’