Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved a proposal yesterday for Vietnam to host the 2019 ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF).
Vietnam to host ASEAN largest tourism forum
The PM ordered the Minster of Culture, Sport and Tourism to start working on a detailed plan in preparation of the ATF, which is considered one of the most important events to promote tourism co-operation among the bloca��s member states.
Highlights of the ATF will include meetings among the ASEAN tourism ministers, followed by meetings between the ministers and tourism representatives from China, Japan, India, Russia and South Korea. The event will also feature ATF Travex (Travel Exchange) a�� the longest-running annual ASEAN leisure travel trade event showcasing the largest collection of ASEAN tourism sellers.
The regional gathering will also feature a number of discussions on how to develop the bloca��s tourism.
The significance of the event
The Government of Vietnam acknowledged that hosting the ATF is an opportunity to promote tourism and introduce the people and landscapes of Via��t Nam to the international community. It is also the countrya��s responsibility as an ASEAN member to contribute to greater integration of the bloc, especially in light of the ASEAN Economic Community, which was officially founded last year.
It will also offer an opportunity for Vietnama��s tourism companies to bolster business links and attract even more foreign investment for the countrya��s tourism sector.
The 2019 ATF will mark the 39th anniversary of this event since its inauguration in Malaysia.