Du Jiang Led Delegation to 17th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Ministers
The 17th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Ministers kicked off in Thailand on January 26, 2018, bringing together tourism ministers of the ten ASEAN counties, and also China, Japan, and South Korea. CNTA Vice Chairman Du Jiang led a delegation to attend the meeting.
The meeting discussed the tourism-related arrangements agreed at the fifth East Asia leaders’ meetings held in November 2017, released the progress in tourism cooperation made since the last meeting, and discussed and adopted documents such as the ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation Work Plan 2018-2022, and the Joint Press Statement. It decided to convene the next meeting in Vietnam in 2019.
At the meeting, Du Jiang, head of the Chinese delegation, briefed the meeting on China’s tourism development and the progress in China-ASEAN tourism cooperation in 2017, and brought forward a number of proposals on strengthening tourism cooperation under the ASEAN Plus Three framework. He said that ASEAN and China are good neighbors and good friends with shared benefits, and China is now actively aligning the Belt and Road Initiative with the development strategy of ASEAN counties. In 2017, which marked the ASEAN-China Year of Tourism Cooperation, the two sides strengthened policy coordination, advanced friendly exchanges, and carried out a series of tourism exchange activities. Through concerted efforts, bilateral tourism has continued to expand, and the market environment and quality of tourism services have improved. As Du said, China is willing to implement the tourism-related arrangements together with member states under the ASEAN Plus Three tourism cooperation mechanism; share its experiences in promoting tourism development to create jobs, attract investment, stimulate consumption, increase people’s income, reduce poverty, advance economic transition, and achieve sustainable development; further facilitate travel, strengthen the promotion of tourism resources, expand bilateral tourism investment, improve the emergency response mechanism, build more tourism cooperation platforms, and strive to upgrade ASEAN Plus Three tourism cooperation and boost the healthy and sustainable development of the tourism industry.
ASEAN countries thanked China for the long-time support provided for their tourism industry, noting that China has become ASEAN’s largest source of tourists. They hoped to further exchanges and cooperation with China in tourism infrastructure construction, personnel training, tourist safety, and other areas, and push China-ASEAN tourism cooperation to a new level. (Department of Tourism Promotion and International Liaison of CNTA)