KUCHING: The 16th East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum (EATOF) aims to continuously develop the initial contents of the region through tourism, aside from inculcating in today’s generation a responsible attitude to leave unique assets as valuable heritage for them and another generation to find, experience and take inspiration from.
Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah led a Sarawak delegation to wait the three-day forum in Tottori, Japan, yesterday which concluded.
He was joined by the ministry’s permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee, assistant secretary Jee Chin Fu and acting Sarawak Tourism Board ceo Mary Wan Mering.
This edition of EATOF, themed ‘Sustainable Local Tourism Legacy Development’, held various activities like the meeting of its standing committee, the ‘Governor’s Conference’, the ‘EATOF Night’, the ‘Travel Mart’, the ‘National Mountain Day’ celebration, group of bilateral meetings and technical tours.
The phrase ‘Discover, Experience, Inspire’ was chosen as EATOF’s global slogan to realise the shared goals by designating 2019-2020 because the full years of ‘EATOF Global Campaign’.
A joint declaration by governors of member countries was completed to discover the endowed natural environmental also, cultural heritage, eco-tourism and peace, which have been the strong foundation of tourism industries in your community.
In view of the, member countries would continue steadily to give consideration and cooperate on the development of tourism programmes predicated on emerging themes such as for example sustainable conservation and development, eco-tourism and peace.
The populous city of Quang Ninh in Vietnam will host the 17th EATOF, in 2020. Founded in 2000, EATOF strives to pursue prosperity and peace through exchanges in diverse fields, especially tourism. It’s the only international tourism association in East Asia.
Currently, EATOF has 10-member provinces – Sarawak (Malaysia), Cebu (the Philippines), Gangwon (South Korea), Jilin (China), Tuv (Mongolia), Tottori (Japan), Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Quang Ninh (Vietnam), Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Luang Prabang (Laos).
Sarawak, from its active participation in EATOF apart, would continue steadily to leverage on its membership in a number of other regional cooperation platforms – namely the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), Social Economic Malaysia-Indonesia (Sosek Malindo), Sabah-Sarawak-Labuan Joint Tourism Coordination and Collaboration Committee (SSLJTCC), and Sarawak-Brunei Bilateral Cooperation Tourism Working Group – to build up joint activities, promotion and marketing of tourism in your community.
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