ASEAN+3: An important cooperation framework for Viet Nam tourism

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– On February 3, VNAT’s Vice Chairman Ha Van Sieu attended online 38th Meeting of ASEAN, China, Japan and Republic of Korea National Tourism Organizations (38th ASEAN+3 NTOs).

Speaking at the meeting, Vice Chairman Ha Van Sieu said, in recent years, thanks to the close relationships between ASEAN and the plus three countries, ASEAN+3 tourism cooperation has been strengthened with numerous fruitful projects being implemented.

As for Viet Nam, China, Japan, and Republic of Korea stand on Viet Nam’s top three inbound markets, and Viet Nam are pleased to collaborate with the three countries in many promotional activities. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism cooperation activities of ASEAN+3 were put on hold. Viet Nam only welcomed 1.9 million tourists from China, Japan and Republic of Korea in 2020, decreasing by 82% compared to the previous year.

In this year, Viet Nam expects the ASEAN+3 Tourism Cooperation Work Plan 2021-2025 will be implemented effectively, while Viet Nam continue to share the most updated information on COVID-19 situation, safety protocol guidelines, as well as travel policies and tourist trends to be well prepared for the future of tourism.

At the meeting, delegates shared the result of tourism cooperation between ASEAN and China, Japan and ROK.

China informed about tourism cooperation activities to implement the Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Declaration on ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity (2016-2020).

Japan briefed on the progress of tourism cooperation to implement the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and its Implementation Plan adopted in Tokyo, Japan, in 2013.

ROK summarized activities to implement the Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity (2016-2020).

The assistance of China, Japan and ROK to ASEAN tourism through ASEAN-China Center, ASEAN-Japan Center and ASEAN-Korea Center named as training courses on promoting tourism (building websites, training tourism guides, technical seminars on market, participating in promotion events), product development (river tourism, cruise tourism, heritage tourism...) and exchange programs, training courses in ASEAN and partner countries.

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