Leaders of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam issued a Joint Statement after their 8th Cooperation Summit in Ha Noi on October 26, reports Vietnamnet Bridge.
An excerpt of the statement (“Seize Opportunities, Shape the Future”) pertaining to tourism:
10.4. In tourism cooperation:
We noted with satisfaction that the four countries have experienced a steady increase in tourist arrivals in recent years, from 10.9 million in 2010 to 22 million in 2015 with a year-to-year increase of 12.4%. We welcomed the successful outcomes of the third CLMV Tourism Ministers’ Meeting held on 28th July 2015 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, which endorsed the Action Programme 2016-2018.
We commended the outcomes of the CLMV Ministers of Tourism and Governors of National Bank meeting at “the Four Countries-One Destination Conference on Connecting Tourism and Expanding Cooperation in Banking Sector” held from 30th July – 1st August 2016, Yangon, Myanmar with the aim to enhance tourism promotion among CLMV countries, to attract investment to promote intra-regional travel of the four countries and to promote CLMV as an attractive single destination.
We recognized that there remain obstacles to the CLMV tourism industry’s growth potential and agreed to take the following actions:
i. To fully implement the 2016 – 2018 Action Plan on Tourism Cooperation, particularly measures to ensure sustainable and responsible tourism.
ii. To encourage greater coordination, exchanges of information and experiences among member countries;
iii. To facilitate the participation of CLMV tourism agencies, associations and enterprises in the regional events and fairs.
iv. To promote public – private partnerships, particularly in tourism promotion activities and tourist product development.
v. To enhance cooperation and promote more air linkages among the CLMV countries.
The 7th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), which includes Thailand, also took place on Wednesday, October 26.