1. The International Conference on Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP) was held by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia co-organised with the ASEAN Secretariat on 8-9 August 2016 in Jakarta.
  2. The Conference was officially commenced by H.E. Dr. Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia. In his opening statement, he expressed his warm welcome to all Tourism Ministers, National Tourism Organisations (NTOs), representatives of ASEAN Centers and other international tourism organisations, as well as participants of the Conference. Minister Arief Yahya highlighted significant progress of ASEAN tourism illustrated by its sustained positive annual growth of more than 8 percent for international visitor arrivals in the past 5 years, leading to a creation of 29 million jobs in 2014. He further cited an active ASEAN tourism collaboration that has achieved progress in many joint initiatives, such as joint marketing, the establishment of ASEAN tourism standards, and implementation of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP). He emphasised that the establishment of MRA-TP not only fulfills Leaders’ commitment of formulating non-restrictive arrangements stipulated within ASEAN Tourism Agreement signed in 2002, but also supports the enhancement of quality tourism services by improving tourism professionals’ standards within the region. Through this implementation, The Minister expected that tourism not only could bring a more holistic betterment to ASEAN People’s life, but also to achieve a “People-Centered, People- Oriented ASEAN”.

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