- The ASEAN Tourism Ministerial Roundtable Meeting (MRT) on Ecotourism was convened on 22 June 2016 in Pakse, Champasak Province, Lao PDR, at the initiative of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism of Lao PDR. The MRT held in conjunction with the ASEAN Ecotourism Forum (AEF). The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Prof. Dr. Bosengkham Vongdara, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR and H.E. Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister for Tourism and Sports, Kingdom of Thailand, serving as Co-Chair.
- The Ministers and Heads of Delegation reiterated their commitment to support tourism-related deliverables under Lao PDR’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2016 and welcome Laos’ initiative to convene the AEF, creating an opportunity for the public and private sectors in the ASEAN tourism community to network, share and deliberate on plans to grow and prosper the region. The ASEAN Ecotourism Forum 2016 with the theme of “ASEAN Without Borders: Roadmap for Strategic Development of Ecotourism Clusters and Tourism Corridors”, aims to capitalise on the capacity and resources of ASEAN partners and supporters to bring about the transformation of sustainable businesses and generate jobs aligned with ASEAN 2016’s theme, “Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community”.
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