joins in ASEAN Travel Forum, minister of Culture, Sports and
Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh has attended the 27 th ASEAN Tourism
Forum 2008 that was held in Bangkok , Thailand , from Jan.
During the ATF 2008, Minister Anh joined his Thai
counterpart in presiding the ASEAN National Tourism
Organisations (NTOs) and the meetings of ASEAN Tourism
Ministers; ASEAN, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea
Tourism Ministers; and ASEAN + India Tourism Ministers.
at the meetings focused on measures to deal with the impacts
of crises on tourism, promote youth and sea tourism and
tourism service quality, provide training for tourism staff
and devise a mutual recognition agreement for tourism.
Vietnam is to host the ATF 2009 "ASEAN Tourism: Striving
for a New Height" in Hanoi from Jan. 5-12, 2009.
At the forum, Vietnam also joined the ATF 2008 Travel
Exchange (TRAVEX) with a press briefing introducing the
results of Vietnam's tourism activities and its
Ten hotels of Viet Nam were granted the ASEAN Green Hotel
Award at the ATF 2008.
In 2007, ASEAN welcomes more than 60 million of foreign
holiday-makers, a year-on-year rise of 8.04 percent. ASEAN
tourists made up 45 percent of last year's total.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) groups
Brunei , Cambodia , Myanmar , Indonesia , Laos, Malaysia,
Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.