18th ASEAN+3 Tourism Ministers Meeting opens in Quang Ninh

Friday, 2019-01-18 17:39:36
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NDO/VNA – The 18th ASEAN+3 Tourism Ministers Meeting took place in Ha Long city, in the north-eastern province of Quang Ninh, on January 18, as part of the activities of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 (ATF 2019).

In his opening speech, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien stressed the importance of tourism cooperation between ASEAN and its three partner countries namely China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK).

In 2018, about 30 million Chinese people visited ASEAN countries, an increase of 30% compared to the previous year, while China welcomed 22 million visitors from ASEAN, up 105%.

Japan and the RoK are also two major tourist markets of ASEAN, with 3 million ASEAN arrivals to Japan last year, up 16%, and over 5 million Japanese citizens visiting ASEAN nations, up 5%.

Meanwhile, 2.5 million ASEAN tourists landed in the RoK and 8 million Koreans went to ASEAN countries.

However, visitors from the three partner countries to ASEAN remain modest compared to their economic scales and numbers of outbound tourists, Thien noted.

He expressed his hope that the 18th ASEAN+3 Tourism Ministers Meeting would discuss measures to foster the exchange of tourists between the sides, as well as strengthen collaboration in areas of common concern, contributing to boosting cultural exchanges and consolidating the friendship, cooperation and prosperity of ASEAN as well as the three Northeast Asian nations.

At the event, the ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General informed those present of the tourism-related results reached at the 21st ASEAN+3 Summit held in Singapore on November 15, 2018 and ASEAN+1 Summits.

A Vietnamese representative also briefed the attendees on the ASEAN+3 tourism cooperation since the 17th ASEAN+3 Tourism Ministers Meeting.