Asean Tourism Agreement Summary

At the 21st ASEAN Tourism Ministers` Meeting, held last week in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in conjunction with the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 (ATF), some new declarations were adopted, as well as new plans to promote and complement their current strategic plan. These include the development of ASEAN tourism products, improved connectivity and the development of ASEAN`s regional marketing programme. CONSCIENTSS of improving the efficiency and competitiveness of ASEAN`s tourism services; (1) the extension of the visa exemption for nationals of ASEAN Member States travelling within the region, on the basis of bilateral visa-free agreements between Member States that are willing to do so; Under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services, Member States are permanently fighting trade in tourism services. CONSCIENTS that tourism plays a valuable role in closing the development gap between ASEAN Member States and promoting mutual understanding and regional stability; (3) improving education programmes and skills in tourism training and formulating competency standards and certification procedures that eventually lead to mutual recognition of skills and qualifications in the ASEAN region; NOTE the strategic importance of the tourism industry for sustainable socio-economic growth in ASEAN Member States and the diversity of cultures, economy and complementary benefits throughout the region, which would benefit ASEAN`s tourism development in promoting improved quality of life, peace and well-being at the regional level; (3) encourage, where appropriate, the adoption of environmental management standards and certification programmes for sustainable tourism, as well as the assessment and monitoring of the impact of tourism on local communities, culture and nature, particularly in environmentally and culturally sensitive areas; (4) call on Airlines in Member States to extend their tourism promotion programmes; (4) encourage the use of smart cards for ASEAN business travellers and frequent flyers and, where appropriate, for cross-border travel, on the basis of bilateral agreements between Member States that are prepared to do so; Given that tourism is one of the main growth sectors for the region, it is important that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) remains on track for the growth and development of the sector. REAFFIRMING our commitment to the rules and principles of the General Agreement on Trade in Services and our policy to apply them to the tourism and travel industry; In line with the 2016-2025 ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan, the regional bloc has committed to  » … By 2025, ASEAN will be a quality tourism destination, offering a unique and diverse ASEAN experience, and will work towards responsible, sustainable, inclusive and balanced tourism development in order to make a significant contribution to the socio-economic well-being of the ASEAN population. » To meet these challenges and preserve Southeast Asia as a coveted tourist destination, Member States must invest more in tourism infrastructure in order to continue to realize and maximize their market potential.

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