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ASEAN TRAVEL FORUM News Round-Up 16 to 19 January 2019 -2-

ASEAN TRAVEL FORUM News Round-Up 16 to 19 January 2019 -2-
Halong Bay conference centre welcomed the just lately maintain 38th version of the ATF.


The Philippines skilled an uncommon yr 2018 which has principally been dominated in world media by the closure of Philippines iconic vacation spot of Boracay to assist rehabilitate the island and restore it to its former pristine situation. The robust measure didn’t nevertheless dent into the expansion of the nation’s complete arrivals. “We should always have reached 7.1 to 7.four million worldwide guests, barely lower than unique forecasts. However we nonetheless really feel glad as we see growing pursuits for markets similar to Europe or China,” defined Arnold T. Gonzales, Deputy Chief Working Officer for Advertising and Promotions of Tourism Promotion Board Philippines (TPB). Korea stays Philippines largest inbound market with over 1.6 million vacationers adopted now by China with 1.three million travellers and the USA with one million travellers -including nevertheless many Filipino People.

The closure of Boracay had nevertheless a constructive impact in line with Tourism State Secretary Bernadette Romulot-Puyat. “In a method Boracay six month closure pressured many vacationers to search for different locations. It turned then into a chance for Camiguin, Iloilo, Siargao or El Nido in Palawan,” she confused.

” We’ve now plans to take comparable cleansing measures in different elements of the nation as we strongly consider that defending our surroundings ought to have precedence over unbridled tourism improvement. Setting integrity is extra essential than numbers,” declared the State Secretary.

Priorities for the federal government has been to speed up infrastructure improvement, enhance insurance policies on entry, connectivity and safety in addition to making a tradition of sustainable tourism. Relating to infrastructure, the Philippines has an formidable program of opening new airports and highways. Final yr, Cebu inaugurated a model new worldwide terminal whereas Bohol Panglao Worldwide Airport opened its doorways, offering capability for 3 million passengers. The federal government additionally attributed the development of the brand new Clark Worldwide Terminal and gave its inexperienced mild for a greenfield airport in Bucalan to serve Metro Manila.


2018 may be certified as an good yr for Singapore tourism sector. Knowledge for 2018 are nonetheless not obtainable however in line with Singapore Tourism Board Government Director Communication Oliver Chong, complete arrivals to Singapore must be in a variety of 17.6 to 18.1 million, a progress in a variety of four% to six% whereas complete tourism receipts ought to stay flat in comparison with 2017 based mostly on numbers for the primary half of 2018. India, the UK, the USA and Vietnam have been the quickest rising markets to Singapore final yr, based mostly on figures from January to November. All Singapore prime 15 markets confirmed progress, South Korea excepted.

A specific passable evolution is the cruise phase. In 2017, Singapore recorded 1.38 million cruise friends, up by 17%, comforting the nation’s technique to make cruises a precedence phase.

In 2019, the most important celebration might be linked to Singapore Bicentennial, commemorating the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on the shore of the island. It is going to be an event for locals in addition to guests alike to mirror on Singapore’s historical past with a collection of particular occasions. One other main occasion is the opening of Singapore Changi spectacular shopping center, Jewel, which can supply leisure, retail and gastronomy beneath a cover evocating a rainforest.


Thailand is ASEAN Chairman for 2019 and tourism authorities need to use the chance to push the financial affiliation to enhance connectivity inside the area and work at making a extra sustainable tourism surroundings. Throughout ATF media briefing, Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Deputy Governor for Worldwide Advertising – Asia and the South Pacific said that “Thailand has an essential position because the ASEAN Chairman. Underneath the theme of ‘Advancing Partnership for Sustainability’, Thailand will search to develop an ASEAN group, which is people-centred, leaves nobody behind, and appears to the longer term.”

The Kingdom needs to make use of already its information when it comes to administration of tourism locations. Thailand needs to rebalance tourism flows by placing the spotlight on secondary locations. “We’re working intensively to advertise i rising tourism locations in a means that higher balances each seasonality and distribution. The aim is to realize a extra even distribution of tourists between city and rural areas, as properly within the months of journey. We additionally need to encourage extra journey throughout weekdays to scale back strain on the weekends.”

A sure of regional locations have been chosen. From 24 at the beginning, the whole of rising locations is as much as 55 due principally to political strain so as to add extra provinces. “Nevertheless, not all locations are on the similar stage of improvement to welcome worldwide travellers. We took standards resembling connectivity, accessibility, risk of actions and sightseeing in addition to lodging and determine six to 10 locations that are able to welcome worldwide travellers,” added TAT Deputy Governor.

Thailand is now taking a look at sharing its experiences with different nations within the area and is taking a look at selling multi-countries circuits round themes in tradition, historical past or nature. In 2018, Thailand welcomed round 38 million worldwide guests, up by 6.eight% over 2017.


Vietnam tracked and even handed Indonesia as ASEAN fourth largest tourism vacation spot with worldwide arrivals topping in 2018 some 15.5 million. This good efficiency was achieved resulting from skyrocketing vacationer numbers from China. With 23.9% progress final yr, Chinese language vacationers characterize Vietnam largest inbound supply market with a complete of four.97 million. South Korea got here second with three.49 million arrivals, a bounce of 44.three% over 2017.

Vietnam success is because of simpler entrance circumstances into the nation with the generalization of e-visa amenities, a pointy improve in air connections with new flights being initiated to secondary locations comparable to Danang, Phu Quoc, Haiphong and Dalat. The opening of Van Dong worldwide airport in Halong Bay on the finish of final yr ought to quickly translate into the institution of latest direct worldwide flights to the world.

Whereas the nation will proceed to make use of its slogan “Timeless Allure”, it’s including the brand new adjective ‘Soulful” to its latest advertising marketing campaign. The primary focus in 2019 may also be the promotion of gastronomy, a standard theme chosen by ASEAN secretariat. Vietnam forecasts to obtain by the top of the yr 17.5 million worldwide travellers.


Outcomes of ASEAN Tourism Advertising Technique for the interval overlaying 2017-2020 was introduced by the representants of the 10 ASEAN NTOs throughout a particular media briefing in Halong Bay.  4 goals have been outlined:

  • Increase consciousness over the distinctive qualities of Southeast Asia and encourage journey.
  • Digitally-focused advertising motion plan that gives a framework for ASEAN NTOs.
  • Implementation course of based mostly on collective packages/mechanisms with key business partnerships.
  • Enhance regional experiences for guests coming to the area that meet the event of the 10 ASEAN member nations.

Digital advertising is seen as probably the most environment friendly advertising device as a consequence of restricted assets offered by the 10 nations to the tourism secretary inside ASEAN. Digital advertising will then focus main inbound markets similar to intra-ASEAN journey, Australia, Europe, India, the Center-East, China, Korea, Japan and the USA. Thematics to be develop might be associated to culinary, tradition and heritage, journey and nature in addition to wellness. Among the many measures being taken is an replace of ASEAN tourism web site whereas a communication company based mostly within the USA has been chosen to provide a greater visibility to the ASEAN entity.


The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Workplace seized the chance of its presence on the ASEAN Journey Discussion board to current to media its newest strategic improvement. The workplace continues to emphasise thematic tourism by means of eight multi-countries routes placing in spotlight tradition and heritage, culinary, historical past, wellness, nature and journey. MTCO nevertheless is just taking a look at providing sustainable tourism experiences to travellers. Encouraging higher sustainable practices in tourism is supported by the Expertise Mekong Assortment (EMC) Showcase that encourages and rewards Mekong based mostly tourism organisations.

For its second annual showcase launch, the MTCO together with the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group (MeTAG) endorsed and chosen following corporations: Cambodia’s Soksabike (Tour class); Yunnan The Linden Centre’s (Keep class); Laos Elephant Conservation Middle (Do class); Myanmar’s Hla Day (Store class); Thailand’s Sampran Riverside (Keep class) and Vietnam’s STREETS Worldwide (Style class).

Case research on every of the 2019 experiences are to be developed by college students of the Mahidol College Worldwide School in Bangkok. The studies are set to be introduced at MTF 2019 in China. “The significance of accountable tourism can’t be underestimated and the Expertise Mekong Assortment is an excellent means of highlighting small enterprise examples of excellent follow,” stated MTCO government director Jens Thraenhart.

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