29th Meeting of APEC Tourism Working Group Opens

Hoi An ancient town in Quang Nam province on Friday opens the 29th meeting of the APEC Tourism Working Group (TWG) at its Palm Garden Resort, in preparation for the fourth APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting scheduled on October 16-18.

As many as 50 representatives of tourism from 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, APEC observers and regional and international tourism organizations have joined the meeting.

The participants reviewed the implementation of APEC tourism co-operation projects implemented across four main policy goals, which were identified in the APEC Tourism Charter at the first Tourism Ministerial Meeting.

The four policy goals included the removal of impediments to tourism business and investment, increased mobility of visitors and demand for tourism goods and services, sustainable management of tourism outcomes and impacts, and enhanced recognition and understanding of tourism as a vehicle for economic and social development.

The delegates have also discussed measures to boost tourism within APEC in the coming time, aiming at strengthening the development of current tourism co-operation projects in terms of quality and effectiveness.

As the host, Viet Nam suggested that the APEC member economies should organize annual tourism fairs, tourism investment forums as well as boost up the simplification of customs procedures, Mr. Pham Huu Minh, Director of the tourism promotion department of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism told the press after a conference on Friday.

In 2005, around 72% of the total international visitors to Viet Nam are from APEC member nations, according to Mr. Minh, and the forum members accounted 70% of FDI and 50% of ODA supplied to Viet Nam.

The Tourism Working Group (TWG) was formed in 1991 when it was recognized that the tourism industry was of growing importance in promoting economic growth and social development in the Asia-Pacific region.

By V.M – Translated by Trong Khuong

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