In order to implement the travel program “Five Countries, One Destination”, Ministers of ACMECS Tourism agreed to hold the conference for Ministers of the ACMECS and CLMTV Tourism every two years.
The tourism connection plan for the period 2013-2015 was deployed effortfully and so has the plan for the period of 2016-2018 been. In 2015, the ACMECS region attracted 52 millions international tourists, which is more than in 2014 by 17%, as well as attracted above 8.8 millions of local tourists. The ACMECS Tourism have been an important industry contributing positively to economy and society development of the region in general and of each countries in particular.
However, the tourism development must have been always with influences on nature and society. Therefore, it is a must to have policies to develop responsible and stable tourism. The target of the tourism development strategy to 2025 of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is also developing stable and responsible tourism in ASEAN with all of its kinds as well as contributing positively to ASEAN residents’ prosperity.
The ACMECS countries realize that the stable tourism development connection is a foundation of the development of “Five Countries – One Destination”. At the second conference for Ministers of the ACMECS Tourism in Myanmar in 2015, to enhance tourism destinations of the ACMECS region, the Ministers of Tourism stressed the importance of the connection of the stable and environmentally and socially responsible tourism development.
In the forum, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Minister of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam, said: “For Vietnam, we always attach a special importance to develop the stable and environmentally and socially responsible tourism development. One of the importance opinions of Vietnam Tourism Development Strategy to 2020 as well as to 2030 is the connection of stable tourism development and of cultural value preservation and promotion together with landscape and environment protection.” In the support of the Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Program by European Union (EU) and of other organizations as well as with the participation of Vietnamese government offices, enterprises, community and individuals, Vietnam always gives priority to develop kinds of tourism which are stable and responsible such as ecotourism, green tourism and community tourism.
Delegates taking part in the forum deeply and overally explained and evaluated the responsible tourism in the region and all over the world. Ministers and the leader of the countries stated and shared their opinions as well as updated their responsible tourism development strategy. The experts, the representatives of the enterprises, the community and the training establishments in the ACMECS region discussed in the forum as well. Especially, on the basis of summerizing all of the opinions in this forum, the Ministers of the countries attending the forum unified to release the declaration of the ACMECS Responsible Tourism.