11:24 | 25/09/2017 Culture & Tourism
(VEN) - Tourism ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand convened in Ho Chi Minh City on September 7 to discuss ways of developing tourist offerings and creating a corridor for sharing them.
|The third ACMECS and fourth Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) Ministerial Meetings in Ho Chi Minh City on September 7|
Cooperation among the neighboring countries is said to have yielded important results that contribute greatly to socioeconomic development of the region, in general, and each member country in particular.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nguyen Ngoc Thien, attributed the results to member countries’ efficient implementation of joint statements, including tourism development cooperation policies.
Since the first Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Tourism Ministerial Meeting was held in Vietnam in 2013, member countries have improved the image of their destinations, promoted tourism cooperation in accordance with the “Five Countries - One Destination” theme, and enhanced cooperation with the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) forum. This grouping is comprised of Cambodia, China (specifically Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
In 2016, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand welcomed 54.75 million foreign visitors, an increase of 4.93 percent over 2015, with Thailand and Vietnam taking the lead in terms of visitor numbers and visitor number growth. Thailand attracted 32.59 million foreign visitors, up 8.92 percent, while Vietnam welcomed more than 10 million foreign visitors, up 26 percent from 2015.
Links to create new tourist offerings
The five countries will work with each other in tourism promotion and creating new, competitive tourist offerings. ACMECS tourism officials plan a series of activities, including the use of the “Trail of Civilizations” slogan to promote culture and heritage-based tourist products along the new tourist corridor.
Thailand will be kicking off a program introduce its tourist offerings to such distant markets as America, Europe and their environs, including tours to Chiangmai and some ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states, tours connecting Thailand with Cambodia and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, and tours connecting Thailand with Laos’ Luang Prabang, among other tours.
|Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand will continue encouraging the involvement of the private sector and local communities in tourism development, facilitate favorable travel and develop human resources for tourism. They will also assist each other to host major international forums and events, such as the Cambodia Travel Fair 2017, the Visit Laos Year 2018, the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) Thailand 2018, and the ATF Vietnam 2019.|