ATF 2020: ASEAN welcomed 133 million international arrivals

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The ASEAN Tourism Ministers Press Conference was held on 16th January 2020 at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Brunei, Jerudong on the outcomes of the Meetings of ASEAN Tourism Ministers, which took place in the framework of ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020.

According to the statistics, in 2019, ASEAN welcomed 133 million international arrivals (up 7% compared to 2018), of which the number of intra-ASEAN tourist arrivals accounts for about 36.7%.

At the 23rd Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers, commended the work of the ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) and their Committees in implementing the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2016-2025 and took note that 47 out of 73 activities or 64.4 per cent of the ATSP have been implemented or completed.

The Ministers realized that digital tourism is one of the key activities to be aligned to enhance the public’s experience in accessing information and services and develop a declaration on ASEAN digital tourism to be considered and adopted by the ASEAN Leaders at the 37th ASEAN Summit in Viet Nam toward the end of 2020.

The Ministers welcomed the development of festival tourism 2020 which highlighted the various unique festivals and activities in ASEAN Member States throughout 2020.

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