Asean has potential to become quality tourism destination, says Nancy

By TIN Media | Asean News Published 2 months ago on 7 July 2022
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Tourism, arts and culture minister Nancy Shukri is convinced that Asean has the potential to be a quality tourism destination, especially with the Asean Tourism Strategy Plan 2015-2025 in place.

Nancy said moving forward, she believed Asean countries would be able to work together to strengthen collaborations in marketing and promoting the region’s tourism attractions.

“This is also in line with the new Asean branding ‘A Destination for Every Dream’, where we can continue to market Southeast Asia as a single destination.

“I hope that we will have more get-togethers like this to better foster the relationship between Malaysia and all Asean countries,” she said in her welcoming remarks during an exclusive high-tea event with nine Asean envoys here.

She said Asean could be a quality tourism destination offering a unique and diverse experience and committed to responsible, sustainable, inclusive and balanced tourism development.

Nancy said this would contribute significantly to the socio-economic wellbeing of the people in the region.

Commenting on the event, Nancy said it was held to foster a closer bilateral relationship between Malaysia and Asean countries as well as to reconnect after two long years of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She said, the cooperation was important to the Malaysian tourism industry as Asean countries were major contributors to the country’s international tourist arrivals, which accounts for 68.5% of the overall pre-Covid-19 arrivals.

The event was attended by the ambassadors of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam as well as the high commissioners from Singapore and Brunei.

Nancy also extended her personal invitation to the envoys and their spouses for a special visit to Pahang.

“Pahang is another unique destination on the East Coast of Malaysia which has yet to be explored by tourists from the Asean region.

“I am extending my invitation to Your Excellencies and I sincerely hope all of you participate in this trip. I can assure you that nothing less than a pleasant experience and warm hospitality awaits you in Pahang,” she said.


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