Published on : Monday, January 20, 2020
In 2019, ASEAN welcomed 133 million international arrivals which was up by 7% as compared to 2018 as per the statistics. It was observed that the number of intra-ASEAN tourist arrivals accounted for about 36.7%.
Last week the ASEAN Tourism Ministers Press Conference was held at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Brunei, Jerudong on the outcomes of the Meetings of ASEAN Tourism Ministers which was in the framework of ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020.
The work of the ASEAN National Tourism Organisation (NTOs) and their Committee was commended at the 23rd Meeting of the ASEAN Tourism Ministers in implementing the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2016-2025.
It further took note that 47 out of the 73 activities or 64.4% of the ATSP were implanted or completed.
In order to enhance the public experience in accessing information and services the Ministers realised that digital tourism is one of the key activities and that a declaration on the ASEAN digital tourism should be considered and adopted by the ASEAN leaders at the 37th ASEAN Summit in Viet Nam towards the end of 2020.
In 2020 the Ministers are working towards signing the Protocol to Amend the Mutual Recognition Arrangements on Tourism Professional ( MRA-TP) on an ad referendum basis. This will enable the MRA-TP to expand the recognition of more professionals in the areas considering tourism and hospitality.
In 2019, the ASEAN Plus Three regions attracted 244.5 million international visitor arrivals which the Ministers were pleased to acknowledge.
It showed an increase by 5.8 per cent from 2018 and the ministers were optimistic that the tourism industry in the region will keep growing. The ASEAN Plus Three Countries strengthen their coopeation through mutually beneficial projects and activities.
To synergise the subsequent work plan with the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2016-2025, the Ministers endorsed the ASEAN Plus Three Framework on Environment Management Standards and also agreed on developing the successor document to the APT Tourism Cooperation Work Plan this year.
From 12th to 16th January 2020, the ATF 2020 was held in Brunei Darussalam with the theme ‘ASEAN_together Towards a New Generation of Travel’. Around 263 exhibitors attended the ATF among which there were 160 international buyers and 40 local and international media.