Vietnam to propose initiatives at APEC Tourism Ministers’ Meeting
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism is expected to put forward some initiatives with a view to boosting co-operation in tourism among Asia-Pacific member countries at the APEC Tourism Ministers’ Meeting due to take place from October 15 – 19, said a tourism official.
Mr Pham Tu, deputy head of the administration told a press briefing in Hanoi this morning that the initiatives include:
APEC member countries should organise APEC Tourism Fair annually in turns in order to promote the image of the regional tourism and attract tourists outside APEC countries.
APEC Tourism Investment Forum should be held with a view to attracting investors from and outside APEC countries to invest in tourism industry.
And non-stop air routes linking world cultural and natural heritage sites of APEC member countries should be opened to facilitate travelling of tourists.
These initiatives have been presented at the meetings of the tourism working group and Senior Officials Meetings I and II in Vietnam and received great support by many APEC member economies, said Hoang Tuan Anh, deputy head of the National Administration of Tourism.
The APEC Tourism Ministers’ Meeting will be held at the Palm Sand Resort in the ancient town of Hoi An, Quang Nam province. Ministers to the meeting will have a chance tour the ancient town of Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary - world cultural heritage sites recognised by UNESCO.
Sideline activities during APEC Tourism Ministers’ Meeting
Several activities on the sideline of the APEC Tourism Ministers’ Meeting will be held during the meeting in Quang Nam province in order promote the image of Vietnamese tourism, said the National Administration of Tourism.
They will feature an exhibition on Vietnamese tourism image, APEC Tourism Fair, Hoi An – Friendship Night Festival and some other cultural and art programmes, said Pham Tu, deputy head of the tourism administration.
The APEC Tourism Fair will be organised at Hoi An Festival Square from October 16-18, which is expected to attract about 40,000 visitors to 100 pavilions, said organisers.
During the fair, the organising board plans to open a forum on “Linking Vietnam-APEC tourism” and Vietnamese cultural festival.
(Source: Nhan Dan)
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