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ACMECS emerges in Ho Chi Minh City

September 17, 2013 Conferences, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The 9th International Travel Expo (ITE) opened with a high-powered Tourism Senior Officials Meeting on the morning of September 11 at the Rex Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ministers and other senior officials of 5 countries met to discuss the new Ayeyarwady, Chao Phraya, Mekong Economic Co-operation Strategy (ACMECS), which aims to promote and marketing the Lower Mekong Countries of Myanmar, Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia, and Viet Nam.

This promising scheme builds on the Greater Mekong-Subregion (GMS) activities, which EGT_Artical Banner A 250x250successfully were running for 20 years, but now it leaves China out. The five leaders to agree on the “Five Countries One Destination” campaign were as follows:

Minister Dr. Thong Khong, Ministry of Tourism, Kingdom of Cambodia,
Minister Dr. Bosengkham Vongdara, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR, Union Minister U Htay Aung, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar, Vice Minister Sombat Kuruphan, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Kingdom of Thailand, and Minister Hoang Tuan Anh, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam

High on the agenda was the creating  of a single visa for the region to make travel for tourists easier and establish a kind of connectivity between the different countries. Therefore, the ministers need the support of their respective Foreign Affairs and Immigration Ministries.

Also, the ministers agreed to strengthen the important human resource  development as well as safety and security for tourists. From utmost importance will be the active co-operation of donor countries such as Japan or Germany amongst others.

In the afternoon of September 11, there was a meeting of the five tourism cities’ Mayor Summit, where the mayors of Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Yangon, and Vientiane came together to discuss about the future co-operation between these cities of the Lower Mekong. The meeting was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

In the evening, at the city’s White Palace Convention Center, the entertaining Grand Opening Ceremony of ITE HCMC 2013 was celebrated in style, but there were still some hosted buyers and hosted media delegates to gather at the Saigon Saigon Cocktail Lounge of the Caravelle Hotel for a late night function.

From September 12-14, some 300 exhibitors, sellers and buyers from 50 countries will gather to actively promote and market tourism products to countries in the region of the Lower Mekong.

Written by : Reinhard Hohler

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