APEC Tourism Ministers to endorse Hoi An Declaration
The 4th Vietnam APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting will enact the Hoi An Declaration to foster APEC tourism cooperation for the common wealth.
The 29th meeting of the APEC Tourism Working Group (TWG) is to be held in Hoi An from October 12 to October 14 in preparation for the 4th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting (TMM) from October 16 to October 18.
Four main policy goals were identified in the APEC Tourism Charter at the first TMM including removal of impediments to tourism business and investment, increased mobility of visitors and demand for tourism goods and services, sustainable management of tourism outcomes and impacts, and enhanced recognition and understanding of tourism as a vehicle for economic and social development.
Since then many projects have been implemented across the four policy goals. At the 3rd TMM after discussion, APEC ministers of tourism agreed that the charter passed in 2000 would remain in effect. However, to maximize progress in implementing the tourism charter, APEC tourism ministers asked the TWG to undertake a review on the quality and effectiveness of the implementation programmes and to report at the TMM 2006.
According to Mr Pham Tu, Vice Chairman of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, based on the theme of APEC Year 2006 “Toward a Dynamic Community for Sustainable Development and Prosperity” and one of the priorities of APEC 2006 is to connect member economies through tourism and cultural exchange. The 4th TMM will be themed “fostering APEC tourism cooperation for the well being of all APEC member economies.”
One of the goals set for this TMM is to hear the TWG report on the results of review of the quality and effectiveness of projects already implemented. From these results, TMM will note recommendations to foster tourism cooperation in future between APEC member economies. Besides this, the TMM will also discuss and endorse the proposal to undertake new tourism priorities.
As planned, issues relating to tourism cooperation to be discussed by APEC ministers will include ensuring the safety and security of tourists; tourism policy development; measures for sustainable tourism development; building solid tourism infrastructure; standard classification and certification issuance; encouraging the application of tourism satellite accounts; tourism risk prevention; facilitation of travel within the region; enhancing tourism information exchange; tourism environment protection and cultural preservation to ensure sustainable development; enhanced cooperation between TWG and other APEC working groups; and to foster tourism cooperation between APEC partners.
Mr Tu also affirmed that the 4th TMM will endorse the Hoi An Declaration on strengthening APEC tourism cooperation, adding that it would be a great chance for Quang Nam, Da Nang, Hue and other provinces in central Vietnam to advertise local tourism.
In related news, the Quang Nam Centre for Tourism Promotion has mapped out several tour packages to introduce to APEC 4th TMM delegations. The tours are as follows, Hoi An – Cham Island – Hoi An, Hoi An – Phuoc Kieu bronze casting Village – My Son World Cultural Heritage site – Dong Yen Textile Village – Hoi An, Hoi An – Bong Mieu Gold Mine – Phu Ninh Lake – Hoi An and Hoi An – Ngu Hanh Son Mountain, the Cham Museum – Hoi An.
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