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Press Conference was held  at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire
Brunei, Jerudong on the outcomes of the Meetings of ASEAN Tourism Ministers, which
took place in the framework of ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020.

According to the statistics, in 2019, ASEAN welcomed 133 million international
arrivals (up 7% compared to 2018), of which the number of intra-ASEAN tourist
arrivals accounts for about 36.7%.

At the 23rd Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers, commended the work of the
ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) and their Committees in implementing
the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2016-2025 and took note that 47 out of
73 activities or 64.4 per cent of the ATSP have been implemented or completed.

The Ministers realized that digital tourism is one of the key activities to be
aligned to enhance the public’s experience in accessing information and services and
develop a declaration on ASEAN digital tourism to be considered and adopted by the
ASEAN Leaders at the 37th ASEAN Summit in Viet Nam toward the end of 2020.
The Ministers welcomed the development of festival tourism 2020 which
highlighted the various unique festivals and activities in ASEAN Member States
throughout 2020.

The Ministers are working towards signing the Protocol to Amend the Mutual
Recognition Arrangements on Tourism Professional (MRA-TP) in 2020 on an ad
referendum basis to enable the MRA-TP to expand the recognition of more
professionals under other related tourism and hospitality industries.

The Ministers were pleased to acknowledge that in 2019, the ASEAN Plus Three
region attracted 244.5 million international visitor arrivals, an increase by 5.8 per
cent from 2018, and are optimistic that the tourism industry in the region would
continue to grow as the ASEAN Plus Three Countries strengthen their cooperation
through mutually beneficial projects and activities.

During the meeting, the Ministers endorsed the ASEAN Plus Three Framework
on Environment Management Standards and also agreed to develop the successor
document to the APT Tourism Cooperation Work Plan this year to synergise the
subsequent work plan with the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2016-2025.

The ATF 2020 was held from 12th to 16th January 2020 in Brunei Darussalam
with the theme of “ASEAN – Together Towards A New Generation of Travel”. The ATF
was also participated by 263 exhibitors and attended by 160 international buyers and
40 local and international media.


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