1. Name of the Cooperation Area: Tourism Cooperation
2. Prime/ Co-Prime Mover Countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan
3. Date of first activity organized: 22-24 May 2003 -- 1st ACD Tourism Business Forum, Phuket, Thailand
4. Progress since ACD 5 (May 2006):
Roadmap for Tourism Cooperation was endorsed by the 5th ACD Ministers’ Meeting in May 2006 in Qatar to be a framework for collaboration between member countries. To advance this framework for ACD tourism cooperation, member countries have been requested to volunteer leading cooperation areas under the Roadmap.
Four member countries have offered to lead areas of cooperation under the Roadmap, namely
- Sri Lanka and Cambodia Tourism for poverty alleviation
- Indonesia Human resource development
- Thailand SMEs development
There are currently 3 other cooperation areas – tourism investment opportunity, safe/secure destination and sustainable tourism which yet have any lead country. The tourism co-prime movers have continued to encourage member countries to consider taking lead in any of the above areas to help concretize the tourism cooperation for the benefits of all member countries.
5. Difficulties encountered/ Issues of concern (if applicable):
ACD tourism co-prime movers wish to receive more responses – comments, recommendations, or offer to take leading roles from member countries which are essential to advancing the cooperation.
6. Future activities:
India has proposed to host the 4th ACD Business Tourism in 2007. Said meeting is likely to focus on deliberating issues concerning Roadmap for Tourism Cooperation, particularly on plans to materialize the cooperation.
7. Issue(s) requiring Ministers’ decision or endorsement:
Take note of extensive developments in the tourism cooperation area which include continuous activities over the years, endorsement of framework for collaboration i.e. Roadmap on Tourism Cooperation, and volunteering member countries to steer some key cooperation areas; and
Encourage member countries to step up their role to move this cooperation area forward according to the timeline set in the Roadmap.
8. Contact person (name/position/ organization):
Thailand: Dr. Sasithara Pichaichannarong, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Sports
Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10100, Tel: 662 356 0664, Fax: 662 356 0662, e-mail: [email protected]
Cambodia: Mr. Kousoum Saroeuth, Director General, Ministry of Tourism, 3 Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh,
Tel 855 23 213 911, Fax 855 23 426 107, e-mail [email protected]
Myanmar: Mr. U Htay Aung, Director General, Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, 77-91 Sule Pagoda Road, Yangon, Tel 951 371 387, Fax 951 242 511
Pakistan: Mr. Khalid Amir Qureshi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of Pakistan,12th Floor,
Green Trust Towers, Jinan Avenue 44000, ISLAMABAD, Tel: (92-51) 921 38 69, Fax: (92-51) 920 16 96
Email: [email protected]