APEC dialogue on sustainable tourism opens in Vietnam
Posted: 2017-Jun-20 14.00.01 UTC+0800
QUANG NINH, Vietnam — The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) High Level Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Tourism opened in Ha Long City, the northern province of Quang Ninh, Vietnam on Monday as part of the eventful 2017 APEC year.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam Nguyen Ngoc Thien chaired the Dialogue, which gathers 150 delegates from APEC economies, tourism enterprises and experts from tourism related international organizations, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Tourism has been one of key factors in cooperation between APEC member economies, said Thien at the opening ceremony, adding that it is an opportunity for APEC member economies to realize current situations and discuss specific measures to foster tourism cooperation in the bloc, he noted.
The minister said the Dialogue is an initiative of Vietnam to realize the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth and contribute to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development set by the United Nations.
During the event, representatives will discuss and share experiences to promote the sustainable tourism development policy in the Asia-Pacific region.
The event also consists of a dialogue with APEC business community on sustainable tourism development.
Established in 1989, APEC comprises 21 economies namely Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the US and Vietnam. (PNA)