ASEAN-Japan Center (AJC)’s Tourism & Exchange Division invited management-level representatives from government and private sectors of Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines to attend accessible tourism workshop in Japan. The program was conducted from October 15 to October 20, 2017 in cities of Tokyo and Toba.
The participants made country presentations on accessible tourism in their countries and visited TOTO Technical Center. They also attended International Year of Sustainable Tourism Symposium (ISYTD) 2017 in Toba and also visited the Barrier Free Tour Center in Iseshima, Mie Prefecture.
“It’s a very good chance to to explore the barrier free infrastructure and service in Japan. We also learn a lot from other countries’ experience. So far in ASEAN region, Singapore and the Philippines are said to have best infrastructure for disabled travelers.” Said Dr. Lu Mon, of Myanmar Accessible Tourism Center.
AJC encouraged the participants to submit the action plans for each participant countries.
“The action plan is most exciting outcome of the program. Due to this workshop, I am delighted that Myanmar tourism’s private sector now has a chance to closely collaborate with counterparts in government sector.”, continued Dr. Lu Mon.
A follow up accessible tourism workshop by AJC is expected to conducted in the Philippines in 2018.
Dr. Lu Mon also said he is exploring the possibility to form Mekong Tourism Expert Group with the support of Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office.