Promoting Vietnamese tourism at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022

VOV.VN - A number of Vietnamese famous destinations and a tourism programme aimed at welcoming international tourists were introduced at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2022 which opened on January 18 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Doan Van Viet proposed that ASEAN member states collaborate in order to promote international tourism as soon as conditions permit.

Vietnam piloted receiving international visitors since November, 2021, and it has since welcomed around 8,000 foreign arrivals as of January 15, said Viet adding that the country is step by step opening up tourism in a safe, flexible and effective manner.

The same day Viet held a working session with Liz Ortiguera, chief executive officer of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), briefing the CEO on the Vietnamese tourism programme to receive foreign tourists in some localities.

International flights will gradually resume and continue to expand in the future, meaning there will be additional localities welcoming international visitors, that can help accelerate tourism recovery, he stressed.

In response, Ortiguera said the PATA hoped to co-ordinate with the Vietnamese side to organise events set for the fourth quarter of the year to popularize adventure tourism, ecotourism, medical tourism, and sustainable tourism with the participation of various countries and territories throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

The ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2022 is the largest event within the ASEAN tourism co-operation framework.   

This year’s forum is running with the theme of “a Community of Peace and Shared Future” between January 16 and January 22. The function features a series of major events, such as the 25th ASEAN Tourism Ministers’ Meeting, the Tourism Ministers Meetings between ASEAN and partner countries, including China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, India, and Russia, the International Travel Expo TRAVEX, and the ASEAN Tourism Awards Ceremony.

The Vietnamese pavilion at TRAVEX 2022 has the theme of “Live Fully in Vietnam”, attracting the participation of numerous popular tourist destinations, tour operators, luxurious hotels, and resorts nationwide.

The ATF was first organised in Kuala Lumpur in 1981. Vietnam hosted the event in Hanoi in 2009 and in Quang Ninh in 2019.