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ASEAN Recognises Its Best Sustainable Tourism Products

January 31, 2018

ASEAN Recognises Its Best Sustainable Tourism Products
Seventeen winners in rural and urban products category in nine Southeast Asian countries have been awarded for sustainable tourism excellence

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Seventeen winners of the inaugural ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards (ASTA) received recognition at a dedicated awards event at the end of the ASEAN Tourism Forum, 26 January in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.

The new awards will now take place every two years as partial fulfilment of the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025, much of which seeks to advance sustainable tourism objectives.

The nine winners in the Rural Sustainable Products category were Sothy’s Pepper Farm in Cambodia, Desa Wisata Nglanggeran in Indonesia, Tree Top Explorer in Lao PDR, KOPEL Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor in Malaysia, the Pindaya Region in Myanmar, Walk on the Wild Side in the Philippines, Kranji Countryside in Singapore, the Kao Yao Noi Community Based Ecotourism Club in Thailand, and the Stay with Tay Ethnic Village in Viet Nam.

The eight winners in the Urban Sustainable Products category were Wat Phnom Historical and Cultural Site in Cambodia, the Nusa Dua in Indonesia, Phousi Mountain in Lao PDR, the KL Forest Eco Park by KL Tower in Malaysia, the Kayin State’s Natural Limestone Caves in Myanmar, the Palina Greenbelt River Cruise Experience in the Philippines, the Marina Bay Precinct in Singapore, and the Phuket Natural Experience in Thailand.

“I congratulate all 17 ASTA recipients,” said Mr. Sounh Manivong, the Director General of Tourism Marketing in the Lao PDR Government. “I encourage tourists to experience these products first hand. They are all shining examples of sustainable tourism in Southeast Asia.”

Entries to the awards were assessed by the National Tourism Organization in each ASEAN member state. Judging criteria and scoring was standardised throughout the nine ASEAN countries that participated. Auditors took inspection visits to all short-listed sites.

For more information about ASTA and its awardees, please click here.

The next ASTA will take place at ATF in Brunei Darussalam in 2020.
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November 24, 2015

Press Release: 24th November 2015

ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THAILAND CONVENTION & EXHIBITION BUREAU (Public Organization) http://www.tceb.or.th

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER DELIVERS POLICIES TO TCEB’S NEW BOARD MEMBERS, EMPHASISING 4 KEY ELEMENTS TO MOBILISE “THAI MICE” TOWARD “REGIONAL MICE”

Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn delivers policies on the promotion and mobilisation of Thai MICE to new board members of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau. Active from now on, the newly appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, will lead the operation of TCEB, emphasising the achievement of Thai MICE based on the integrated approach to draw collaboration from domestic and ASEAN’s authorities. Good governance and budget allocation will beconducted considering optimum advantages of the country.

Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn, as the supervisor to Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) – the bureau with primary mission to drive the industry of meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions or MICE, disclosed that, “MICE is an essential business segment as it tremendously moves national economy forward. MICE has the growth rate of 5-10 percent each year. In the fiscal year 2015, Thailand had welcomed 1,086,229 MICE travellers which increased from the fiscal year 2014 by 18.8 percent with 17.53 percent growth in revenue or equal to 94,966 million baht of revenue earning by Thailand. This could well prove the growth potential of Thai MICE for which the government has fully provided support both in terms of the enhancement of transportation system, the infrastructure necessary for MICE travellers and the integration of collaboration between TCEB and public and private sectors in Thailand and abroad. All of which have enabled us to succeed the mission.”

Operation toward the mobilisation of Thai MICE is set to have more strength and progress as the Cabinet agreed on 20 October 2015 to approve the proposal by Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn for the designation of 6 new board members of TCEB, including the Chairman of the Board of Directors and board members, due to the expiration of terms of office.

New Chairman of the Board of Directors and board members of TCEB are considered professionals with rich experiences in tourism business and MICE. As the supervisor, I have delivered key policies to the new board members focusing on 4 elements. Policy 1 will require the Chairman of the Board of Directors to stipulate the Free Play operation policy and conduct brainstorming between board members in a similar direction. Policy 2 will require the transparency of budget operations with good governance. Allocation of budget for the mobilisation of MICE must be conducted using unambiguous KPIs by which could optimise the country’s advantages. Policy 3 will require the integration of collaboration between public and private sectors, particularly the coordination with ASEAN member countries to form a strong foundation for the entire ASEAN along side with the strength of Thailand in terms of destinations, the readiness of MICE facilities and services. All of which will enable Thailand and ASEAN member countries to serve MICE travellers better to achieve the ‘Regional MICE’ vision. Policy 4 will require relevant authorities to educate people on MICE industry and the role of TCEB in a successive manner in order to create awareness and understanding in the importance of businesses that drive national economy forward,” Deputy Prime Minister added.

The fiscal year 2016 is bringing delightful news as Thailand was granted the honour to host MICE events of global scale continually. For example, Organo Gold Asia Convention 2015 with 10,000 attendees, One Young World 2015 with 2,000 attendees, Special Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses 2015 with 2,000 attendees, TBEX Asia 2015 with 900 attendees, the 14th CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards 2015 with 300 attendees and the Bloomberg ASEAN Business Summit 2015 with 300 attendees.

There is a strong confidence that the promotion of overall Thai economy in the fiscal year 2016 will concentrate immensely on MICE as it is the business sector that could enhance Thailand’s economic expansion consecutively, as well as strengthen domestic and international confidence. It is expected that the fiscal year 2016 will see the number of MICE travellers increase by 5 percent to 1,060,000 for which could generate 92,000 million baht revenue into Thailand,” concluded Deputy Prime Minister.

Names of TCEB Chairman of the Board of Directors and board members designated by the agreement of the Cabinet comprise:
1. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Chairman of the Board of Directors
2. Mr. Thongchai Sridama, Board of Directors
3. Dr. Ratchaneeporn P. Phukkamarn, Board of Directors
4. Mrs.Pornthip Hirunkate, Board of Directors representing Thailand Incentive and Convention Association
5. Mrs. Prapee Buri, Board of Directors representing Thai Exhibition Association
6. Ms. Supawan Tanomkieatipume, Board of Directors representing Thai Hotel Association

IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2015 Opens With New Highs

September 29, 2015

IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2015 Opens With New Highs

Bangkok, 29 September 2015 – The Leading International MICE Event Centered in Asia-Pacific kicked off today at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld Bangkok, Thailand, presenting the largest line-up of over 20 MICE, events intelligence, corporate travel and association management knowledge sessions helmed by over 30 expert speakers. Headlining the education front is the first-ever ASEAN MICE Forum, endorsed by the ASEAN Marketing and Communications Working Group. This initiative enables IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific to facilitate closer collaboration between ASEAN’s MICE industry leaders.

The AMF @ IT&CMA is the first major step we are taking to raise awareness of the ASEAN region, made up of the 10 member countries, as a collective MICE destination. The AEC collaboration and close ties between the ASEAN national literally expands the possibility of any MICE programme to the region, as it can take on a multi-nation approach which will offer diversity and unique cultural experiences for participants. We are excited to initiate conversations with global MICE leaders during the forum,” said Khairuddin Abdul Hamid, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, Brunei Darussalam, and concurrently the Chairman of ASEAN Tourism Marketing and Communication Working Group, ASEAN Secretariat.

The 2015 edition sees a growth of 14% in exhibitors’ participation, with sponsorship engagements increasing by more than 40% over 2014. All these have been made possible by TTG Events’ unwavering commitment to deliver quality content and buyers to the events. Featuring one of the largest CVB collections in the region, IT&CMA has once again delivered a truly global showcase of Convention Visitor Bureaus. The international presence is witnessed by the entrance of new European, Middle Eastern and North Asian bureaus like Berlin, Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich, Dubai and Jeju, while returning destinations Switzerland, Philippines, Macau and India are making a statement with an event bigger showing this year.

They are joined by all the leading Asian MICE destinations including Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Sabah and Thailand. This consolidates IT&CMA position as the must-attend MICE-focus event in Asia.

Ralf Ostendorf, Director Market Management of Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH explained the motivation behind exhibiting at IT&CMA 2015 for the first time, “Our first experience with IT&CM Events was at IT&CM China earlier in Shanghai this year, and it proved to be a successful show for us. We are looking forward to the same success at IT&CMA 2015, as we see a lot of potential for Berlin as a MICE destination in Asia.”

Having reaped results from past sponsored networking functions at IT&CMA, Seoul Metropolitan Government, is delighted to return as a luncheon host for buyer and media delegates. Maureen O’Crowley, Executive Director, MICE Division, Seoul Tourism Organisation expressed her confidence backed by success at previous years’ events, “We had been the proud sponsor of Seoul Gala Dinner for several years. This year, we are excited to engage with buyers and media at a Seoul Hosted Luncheon that will take place tomorrow (30 September). At this luncheon, we will be highlighting new incentives from Seoul, especially our special support programs. Through this intimate session, we want to create an event stronger working relationship with our target audience.

The first day of the 2015 edition will round up with the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception hosted by Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau. Held at Live House@Central World, TCEB will be playing host to all event delegates at the evening’s function themed ‘Heaven Unveiled. A Night in Paradise’.

For more information, log on to www.itcma.com | www.corporatetravelworld.com/apac

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ASEAN Targets Chinese Tourists at CITM 2012 in Shanghai

November 21, 2012

ASEAN Targets Chinese Tourists at CITM 2012 in Shanghai
BANGKOK, November 2012 — ASEAN Tourism and China will draw closer together at the China International Travel Mart (CITM) in Shanghai, November 15-18.

The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) has provided ASEAN with two booths to boost bilateral tourism relations. ASEAN is keen to increase the number of Chinese visitors to the region as China’s economy continues to grow the fastest in Asia Pacific.
According to the UNWTO’s World Tourism Barometer report on the first half of 2012, ASEAN countries are some of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world, with international visitor arrivals into Myanmar up 36%, Cambodia 26%, Singapore 12%, Philippines 12%, Vietnam 11%, and Thailand 8%.

China continues to be the biggest or fastest growing contributor of international visitor arrivals to most of those destinations.

The UNWTO reported that Southeast Asia as a region showed a 9% increase in arrivals compared to 4% for Europe, 5% for America, and 7% for Africa.

Specifically, between China and Southeast Asia, ASEAN Secretariat statistics show that Chinese tourists visiting ASEAN increased from 3.9 million in 2007 to 7.3 million in 2011. The annual rate of increase accelerated from 6.3% to 9% in the same period. With further implementation of the November 2010 ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement, Chinese and ASEAN officials expect the rate of increase to grow faster.

“The latest forecasts we have are that China’s contribution to ASEAN’s international visitor arrivals will continue at an accelerated rate,” said Mr. Ma Mingqiang, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) in Beijing.

China has caught up with the European Union as the biggest supplier of tourists to ASEAN. China and Europe now each supply around 9% of ASEAN’s total international visitor arrivals.

At CITM the ASEAN nations of Southeast Asia will emphasize the region’s proximity to China, increasing low cost carrier links and an abundance of new travel products suitable for China’s emerging middle classes.

To make the point, ASEAN Tourism will launch a dedicated Chinese language website in January 2013 (www.dongnanya.travel). ASEAN in cooperation with the ASEAN-China Centre, will also feature Southeast Asian tourism content on SinaWeibo.com, China’s largest social media platform.

While Chinese visitors have frequented ASEAN’s cities, shopping malls and theme parks for years, ASEAN beach resorts now see a clear demand from a younger Chinese demographic for beach holidays, formerly the reserve of Western tourists and more recently Japanese and Korean travellers.

During CITM, ASEAN Tourism representatives will promote the ASEAN Tourism Forum, which takes place in Vientiane, Laos, 17-24 January 2013. Some 1,600 delegates including 150 ASEAN tourism ministers and officials, 800 ASEAN exhibitors, 400 international buyers, 150 international and local media and about 100 travel trade visitors are expected to attend.

Visitors to CITM can find out more about destination ASEAN at booths 5E12 and 5E13 in Hall 5 as well as at individual ASEAN NTO booths.
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Further information
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New Infrastructure and Demand Buoy ASEAN Cruise Sector

September 24, 2012

New Infrastructure and Demand Buoy ASEAN Cruise Sector
International cruise lines tap into ASEAN’s growing cruise potential as major cruise show starts Monday

BANGKOK, September 2012 – The cruise industry in Southeast Asia is set to grow, with the region’s countries committed to upgrading its cruise infrastructure as intra-regional demand for cruising within ASEAN rises.

Cruise lines are increasingly basing their ships in Southeast Asia which offers an ever more affluent market of 600 million people, heightened awareness and demand for cruising, greater intra-regional flight frequencies and streamlined airport-seaport connectivity.
Private and public sector cruise industry leaders convening for the 2nd annual Cruise Shipping Asia Pacific event, September 17-18, in Singapore, are upbeat.

“The wave of new and upcoming improvements in cruise infrastructure across ASEAN is a significant boost to the region’s cruise industry,” said Dr Liu Zinan, Managing Director, China and Asia, Royal Caribbean Cruises. “This is shown by our company’s unprecedented number and size of ships here this year. With more developed ports here, which are essential for growing cruise markets and attractive itineraries, more international cruise operators like us will be drawn to ASEAN,” he said.

Sepang in Malaysia, Subic in the Philippines, Benoa in Bali, Indonesia and Singapore are all being developed or upgraded to accommodate more cruise lines.

This year, the main infrastructure developments have been the new 28,000 square metre Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore which began operations in May 2012. It can accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships and handle 6,800 passengers at one time. It now operates in tandem with the Singapore Cruise Centre which recently completed a US$11 million rejuvenation programme. In Indonesia, facilities at the port of Benoa in Bali are being expanded and upgraded. About 200 cruise ships will visit Indonesian ports this year, up from 100 ten years ago.

Major cruise lines have this year increased their presence in Southeast Asia or have sent larger ships on maiden calls to Singapore. They include Costa Cruises’ Costa Deliziosa and Royal Caribbean’s 311-metre, 137,276-ton, 14-passenger deck Voyager of the Seas, the largest cruise ship ever to homeport in Asia. Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Millennium will homeport in Singapore this year. The company’s Mariner of the Seas, which is similar in size to Voyager, will also homeport there from 2013.

Singapore Cruise Centre
Download image hereAdditional cruise lines such as Star Cruises and Costa which also homeport out of Singapore, offer sailings to Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Redang, Penang and Malacca; Thailand’s capital of Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui; Indonesia’s Bali and Komodo Islands; and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh, Danang and Ha Long Bay, among other ports in the ASEAN region.
Apart from better infrastructure and greater demand, cruise industry leaders scheduled to attend the event say the cruise business in Southeast Asia is also being boosted by ASEAN Tourism Ministers’ commitment to the expansion of the sector. The Ministers are planning to tap into an increasingly affluent Southeast Asian market by launching ‘ASEAN for ASEAN’ cruise promotions.

ASEAN has many natural attributes that favour cruise development. There are more than 25,000 islands in the ASEAN region compared to about 7,000 in the Caribbean.

“The cruise boom in ASEAN is only just beginning,” said Dato’ Dr. Ong Hong Peng, Secretary General in Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism and Chairman of the ASEAN Product Development Working Group. “Building the human resources, knowledge and marketing skills for the cruise industry as well as the physical infrastructure is our new challenge,” he said.

At the ASEAN Tourism Ministers’ Meeting in Manado, Indonesia in January, the ministers pledged to further develop the cruise industry by supporting the organisation of cruise workshops, strengthening collaboration in joint marketing efforts, encouraging port infrastructure developments and developing new cruise itineraries along three cruise corridors: the Malacca Straits, Karimata Strait/Java Sea/Flores Sea, and South China Sea/Gulf of Thailand.

Since then, Indonesia has hosted an ASEAN Cruise Workshop in April. The event helped cruise industry stakeholders share best practices, develop regional itineraries and strengthen collaboration on port infrastructure expansion. Vietnam held a similar cruise workshop to discuss how the country’s cruise development can be accelerated.

As Cruise Shipping Asia Pacific opens in Singapore, UBM, the organizers of the event, say that 63% of the exhibitors will be from ASEAN up from 46% last year. Demand for the travel agent cruise training workshop during the event has exceeded capacity.
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Further information
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