Regional tourism ministers meet in HCM City

The Vietnamese delegation to the ACMECS and CLMV tourism ministers meetings (Photo:VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Tourism ministers
from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar met at two important meetings
in Ho Chi Minh City on September 7, as part of the 13th International Travel
Expo in the city (ITE HCMC 2017).

The 3th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong
Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) and 4th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam
(CLMV) minister meetings both took place on the day. The ACMECS consists of
CLMV countries and Thailand.

Addressing the function, Minister of
Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien stressed cooperation in the two mechanisms
have promoted and connected tourist destinations across the region.

He highlighted the southern coastal
corridor and East – West economic corridor which connect most countries in the
region and the region with source markets.

Thien said he wants to joint regional
ministers and delegates in looking for solutions to effectively implement the
ACMECS and CLMV tourism action plans for 2016 – 2018, with a focus on promotion
activities, connection, product development, engagement of private sector and
local communities, and human resources.

He said the conference is an opportunities
for regional ministers to work for better coordination in line with the Hanoi
Declaration of the 7th ACMECS Summit and Joint Statement of the 8th CLMV Summit.

Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the HCM
City People’s Committee, took the occasion to introduce the southern economic
hub’s potentials, saying it hosted 2.7 million foreigners in the first six
months of 2017, an annual increase of 14 percent.

The city aims to make tourism a spearheaded
sector by 2020, he noted.

In 2016, the five countries together
welcomed 54.8 million international visitors, up 4.9 percent from 2015. The
number of intra-region tourists amounted to 8.95 million. -VNA

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