The intra-regional tourism program “ASEAN for ASEAN” is encouraging nationals of the 10-member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines – to visit other ASEAN member-states through travel/tourism fairs, seminars, conferences, and other programs to further promote the growth of ASEAN tourism.
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International visitor arrivals in ASEAN member-states grew by 10.1% to 75 million in 2012. Enhanced air connectivity, through low-cost carriers, and simplified visa procedures, have boosted intra-ASEAN travel as major source market with 46% of total international arrivals. The Philippines reached a milestone in tourist arrival in 2012, posting a total of 4,272,811 foreign visitors, the first time in its tourism history to surpass the four million mark – on track to reach its goal of 10 million foreign and 35.5 million domestic tourists by 2016.
ASEAN tourism leaders convened the 32nd ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Vientiane, Laos on January 18-24, 2013, with the theme “ASEAN: Hand-in-Hand, Conquering Our Future.” It brought together over 1,800 delegates from ASEAN and its dialogue partners (China, Japan, South Korea, India, and Russia). The tourism leaders agreed to implement the ASEAN Tourism Marketing Strategy and ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan to help build an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015, and identify measures for expanding tourism contributions in ASEAN economies. …
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