Some 129 million tourists visited ASEAN countries in 2018, an increase of 7.6 per cent from 2017. Intra-ASEAN travel continued to be the major share of tourists, making up 37.2 per cent of total international arrivals in 2017. The matter was shared at the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum, ATF 2019 held in Vietnam.
Present was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism. The Minister also attended the Twenty-Second ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting, Eighteenth Plus Three Tourism Ministers Meeting and the 7th ASEAN-India Tourism Ministers Meeting from 17th to 18th January 2019, in Ha Long City, Viet Nam in conjunction with the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 (ATF 2019).
The Meeting was chaired by His Excellency Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam and Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong as the Vice-Chairman at the 22nd ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting.
In the meeting, several achievement have been implemented in ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2016-2025, where 33 key activities under the Work Plan for 2018-2019 have been completed. The Ministers commended the active role of the lead countries and are confident that the current progress of implementation would be able to sustain ASEAN tourism's contribution towards the realisation of ASEAN integration goals in 2025. The Ministers also agreed to focus on the development and implementation of wellness tourism and culture & heritage tourism as the regional thematic experiences for 2019, in line with the ASEAN Tourism Marketing Strategy.
The Eighteenth Meeting of the ASEAN Plus Three for ASEAN, China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, the APT region received 191 point 5 million international visitor arrivals. The Ministers commended the progress made in the implementation of the APT Tourism Cooperation Work Plan 2018-2020 and in promoting tourism, people-to-people and cultural exchanges between ASEAN and the Plus Three countries
While in the Seventh Meeting of ASEAN and India Tourism Ministers, the Ministers were pleased to note the strengthened tourism performance of ASEAN and India in 2018 which recorded a total of tourist arrivals to ASEAN and India, an increase of 7.4 per cent as compared to the previous year. The Ministers agreed to further enhance ASEAN-India cooperation in tourism under the framework of the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding. Also present was the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism.
Source: Radio Television Brunei