Vietnam which hosted the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in 2009 will host the event again. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved to host ATF again and ordered the Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism to start working on a detailed plan in preparation of the ATF, which is considered one of the most important events to promote tourism co-operation among the bloc’s member states.
Vietnam will host the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2019, ten years later.
ATF is considered the most important event and the largest-scale activity in the ASEAN tourism co-operation framework. The forum is expected to draw the participation of around 1.500 delegates including tourism ministers, leaders of national tourism offices, travel agents, tour operators, press corps… in the region and worldwide. This is also a big event of political, economic and social significances; a collective initiative aiming to turn ASEAN into an united tourist destination and at sustainable tourism development, thus contributing to visitor exchanges, friendly cooperation, cultural exchanges, peace and prosperous development in the region.
Vietnam Tourism has been participated in ATF since 1998 by having attended all meetings and activities in ATF framework. During these ATF, apart from attending Travex Expo together with businesses, Vietnam Tourism had organised tourism promotion activities such as: press conferences, entertainment shows and banquets to advertise the land, the people, and the culture of Vietnam.
The ATF 2019 will mark the 39th anniversary of this event since its inauguration in Malaysia.