Mekong tourism officials outline future orientation – THE TWELFTH MEETING OF ASEAN TOURISM MINISTERS

HANOI, Jan 10 (VNA) – The 2 nd meeting of Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) tourism ministers on Jan. 9 passed a joint declaration concerning recent progress in cooperation between the region’s tourism authorities and orientation for future development.

The GMS tourism ministers’ meeting took place within the framework of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) currently taking place in Hanoi.

GMS consists of Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

The joint declaration said that GMS’s tourism sector is continuing to grow and is standing firm against the fallout from the global financial crisis. Meanwhile, a new website for tourism promotion activities is to be launched soon, which will also act as a forum to effectively implement the Mekong tourism promotion strategy, which was adopted in 2005.

THE TWELFTH MEETING OF ASEAN TOURISM MINISTERS The Ministers, anticipating the global economic slowdown in 2009, agreed
to focus on Intra-ASEAN travel. The Ministers tasked the ASEAN Tourism
Officials to work closely with the private sector to work out a tactical program
which offers cost effective tour packages for Intra-ASEAN travellers and other
key markets of ASEAN. The Ministers reiterated their keen interest in promoting
youth travel and shall be a key segment target for 2009-2010.

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