In the framework of the 46th Meeting of ASEAN National Tourism
Organisations (NTOs) and related meetings, on 26 July 2017, the 31st meeting of
ASEAN+3 NTOs took place in Vinh Phuc Province (Viet Nam) with the participation
of leaders of NTOs of ASEAN, China, RoK and Japan.
China, Japan and Republic of Korea (RoK) are strategic partners and leading
source markets of Southeast Asia tourism. Tourist exchanges among ASEAN and
China, Japan, RoK have been increasing in recent years. In addition, various
exciting activities and events have been organized to deepen the mutual
understanding. The delegates recognized that Asia is a potential market with the
rapid growth in the number of middle and high-end class tourists.
At the meeting, the delegates reviewed outcomes of the implementation of ASEAN+3
Tourism Cooperation Plan 2007-2017; discussed the draft plan of ASEAN+3 tourism
cooperation for the period 2018-2020, and the draft minutes of the 31st meeting
of ASEAN+3 NTOs.
The representative of Thailand delegation informed that the 32nd meeting of
ASEAN+3 NTOs will be held on 24 January 2018 in Chiang Mai (Thailand) within the
framework of ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2018.
* Also on this day, the 2nd meeting of ASEAN-China NTOs was organized to review
outcomes of the special meeting of ASEAN-China NTOs held in March 2017 in
Manila, Philippines; discuss about some activities ASEAN-China Tourism
Cooperation Year 2017 and preparation for the closing ceremony of this event.
* At the 18th meeting of ASEAN-India Tourism Working Group in the afternoon of
26 July, the delegates reviewed outcomes of the 17th meeting in January 2017 in
Singapore; the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between ASEAN
and India on Strengthening Tourism Cooperation; discussed cooperation plans
between ASEAN and India in the coming time. The 19th meeting of ASEAN-India
Tourism Working Group is due to take place on 23 January 2018 in Chiang Mai
within the framework of ATF 2018.