VN to boast sea tourism in ASEAN Tourism Forum

Viet Nam, as the host nation for the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2009, will strongly promote its sea tourism during the event, which is set to take place in Ha Noi from January 5 to 12.

A pictorial island view off Hai Phong City

According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the organizing committee would organize a tourism conference called Ecological Sea Tourism in the forum, which will go under the theme “ASEAN Tourism - Striving for a New Height.”

According to Minister Hoang Tuan Anh, the organizing committee will organize sea tours for the forum participants. “This is a big change to promote potentials, and a beautiful image of the country’s sea tourism to tourism officials and international travel companies,” he says.

Through meetings, participants will work out a plan to implement the ASEAN Tourism Agreement, discuss orientations for cooperation, and implement the roadmap on regional integration in ASEAN towards the goal of building the ASEAN tourism community by 2019. There will also be meetings of ASEAN airlines among other activities.

The organizing committee estimates 1,500 international participants will join the event, including around 400 international tour operators, and travel agents, and other media organizations from around the world.

Truong Van

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