VIENTIANE — The Director of the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism (VNAT), Nguyễn Trùng Khánh, put forth some measures to boost regional tourism cooperation while addressing the 59th Meeting of the ASEAN National Tourism Organisations in Vientiane, Laos, on Tuesday. Khánh told the meeting that Việt Nam welcomed about 12.6 million foreign tourists last year, including about 2.1 million visitors from the ASEAN countries. He also expressed optimism about the bright prospects in 2024, saying that the tourism markets of all ASEAN countries will fully recover. Entitled “Quality and responsible tourism - Sustaining ASEAN future”, the meeting focused on discussing and updating the implementation of the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025, and decisions relating to tourism at the 42nd and 43rd ASEAN Summits. The reports of the ASEAN Tourism Committee and other issues relating to partners and dialogues as well as preparation of agenda and joint statement of the 27th Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers and Related Meetings were also touched upon.
Mar 21 2023