Meetings seek to strengthen tourism cooperation among ACMECS countries
Thursday, 2017-09-07 10:34:27
NDO – Regional tourism ministers and senior officials gathered for the opening ceremony of the third Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) and fourth Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) Tourism Ministers’ Meetings in Ho Chi Minh City on September 7.
The event, held under the framework of the ongoing International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC), was also attended by leaders of cities in the Mekong sub region.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien said that tourism cooperation among five countries, including the CLMV and Thailand, has helped to advertise tourist attractions in the region and establish travel routes linking such tourist sites.
The ACMECS joint statement on tourism co-operation has also motivated the five countries’ national tourist offices to intensify their collaboration and support each other in tourism promotion activities at international tourism fairs and festivals.
He hoped that through the meetings, the participating tourism ministers would put forward more effective and practical solutions to perfect regional tourism cooperation through the two mechanisms.
Over the past decade, via bilateral cooperation, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand have helped promote the “Five countries-one destination” brand, improving tourist infrastructure among the five nations while safeguarding and promoting their national cultural values.
In 2016, the five countries together welcomed 54.8 million international visitors, up 4.9% against 2015. Of which, the number of intra-region tourists amounted to 8.95 million, equivalent to 16% of total foreign arrivals.