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ASEAN Tourism Forum 2006 February 16, 2006

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Monday, January 23rd 2006
INDONESIA PLAYS A VALUABLE PART IN ATF 2006

Jakarta, January 23, 2006 — ASEAN Tourism Forum 2006 was held recently in Davao City, Philippines, from January 13 to 21, 2006. The forum was staged in form of two major activities; the tourism meeting and the travel expo. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia was amongst the attending ministries from ASEAN countries and several Asian and neighboring countries such as India, China, Japan, and Republic of Korea.

The theme for this year’s ASEAN Tourism Forum is ‘Celebrating the Many Faces of ASEAN’. It suitably fits the fact that ASEAN is made up by many cultures, languages, natural beauties, religions and histories. It is also factual that the region shares many political and financial challenges, health crises, and natural disasters, like The President of the Republic of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, said. ‘An enduring and committed association working in solidarity to address the many challenges of the region’ is, however, another dimension that ASEAN is maintaining. The forum will, as she said in the opening message for the ATF 2006, ‘facilitate intra-regional travel and enhanced cooperation in tourism’.

The ASEAN Tourism Meetings, one of the prominent events of the ATF 2006 was held on January 13-17, 2006. The Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Jero Wacik, also attended the Ninth Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers (9th- M-ATM) amid more than eight ministers who are in charge in tourism in each country. There were several highlights covered in the meeting, such as the ASEAN Tourism Performance and Challenges, the Integration of Tourism in ASEAN, the Investment Forum, the Visit ASEAN Campaign Promotion Program, the Enhancement of Facilitation of Travel for Tourists, the Tourism Manpower through the MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement), the Establishment of Tourism Standards for Quality Assurance, the Crisis Communications, and the ASEAN Protects Children in Tourism agenda. Indonesia has played a valuable part in the meetings, in order that the Joint Media Statement will benefit all the nations including Indonesia.

Minister Wacik said that ‘a forum like this is where members exchange experiences and difficulties, identify how one or more countries can help, and adopt solutions applied by other countries’. Indonesia will continue to play vital role in economic growth and development of the ASEAN community, and especially for the prosperity of Indonesian people.

Public Relations
Ministry of Culture and Tourism of RI
Jl Medan Merdeka no. 17 Jakarta 10110
Phone : +62 21 383 8167 or +62 21 383 8157
Fax : +62 21 384 9715
humas@budpar.go.id

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