APEC officials talk sustainable tourism development

(VOVWORLD) - 150 representatives of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member states and world organizations gathered in Ha Long City for high-level policy dialogue on sustainable tourism. The event opened on Monday as part of the 2017 APEC year.
APEC officials talk sustainable tourism development - ảnh 1APEC officials meet in Ha Long city on June 19, 2017 to debate sustainable tourism. (Photo: baoquangninh.com.vn)

In his opening address, Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien said: “The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This dialogue enables APEC countries to review the tourism industry, and look for specific measures on tourism cooperation towards 17 UN sustainable development goals. Tourism will be one of key factors for developing a dynamic, sustainable, united, and inclusive Asia-Pacific region”.

Alan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat, applauded Vietnam for initiating the dialogue, saying that it proves Vietnam’s increasing role in regional policy planning. He added that sustainable tourism development is significantly attributed by small and medium-sized enterprises.

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