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Vietnam Gears Up for ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019

Halong Bay, Vietnam  © Jojie Alcantara
Halong Bay, Vietnam and the spaceship looking Quang Ninh Exhibition of Planning and Expo Center (QNEPEC) © Jojie Alcantara

Witerary by Jojie Alcantara (column name in SunStar Davao)

Vietnam is the host country of the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2019. Held in Ha Long, this country is all ready to create a major and lasting impression on its 1500 delegates. These  comprise of ministerial, NTO, official meeting delegates, as well as TRAVEX suppliers from across all 10 ASEAN member states, international buyers and media pools. 

ATF 2019 theme ASEAN: The Power of One
ATF 2019 theme ASEAN: The Power of One

ATF TRAVEX, renowned for being the largest and most diverse showcase of ASEAN suppliers, will play witness to ASEAN travel trade industry exhibitors from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, connecting with hosted  buyers and media representatives from around the world. 

Vietnamese girl in traditional dress called "ao dai", in a backdrop of Ha Long Bay. © Jojie Alcantara

Vietnamese girl in traditional dress called “ao dai”, in a backdrop of Ha Long Bay.
© Jojie Alcantara

The 3-day ATF TRAVEX 2019, which commences from 16 January till 18 January, will aggregate 75 official sessions with the host country organizing numerous social activities and programs that include pre-and post-show tours in selected tourist attractions, an opening ceremony, a welcome reception and dinner events, a friendly golf game and a farewell party for all ATF delegates. 

Another anticipated ATF component is the ASEAN Tourism Conference, where major regional issues are presented and discussed by subject experts and thought leaders.  In keeping with the aim of strengthening co-operation among the ASEAN tourism industry’s various sectors, this knowledge platform promotes discussion, exchange of ideas and valuable perspectives to motivate progress among ASEAN stakeholders.

Quang Ninh Exhibition of Planning and Expo Center (QNEPEC) © Jojie Alcantara
Quang Ninh Exhibition of Planning and Expo Center (QNEPEC) © Jojie Alcantara

Through its high hospitality and infrastructural standards, Vietnam aims to successfully demonstrate its capabilities and be recognized as one of ASEAN’s most attractive destinations, complete with world-class facilities and services to make an even greater impact on its already impressive touristic appeal.

Halong Bay © Jojie Alcantara
Halong Bay © Jojie Alcantara

Vietnam spared no cost in giving all delegates a generous opportunity to experience Ha Long, the Quang Ninh province and other destinations with a total of 15 pre- and post-ATF tours to be held over 4 days. Itineraries include cruises of Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Hai Phong City, as well as trips to Yen Tu Mountain and Ninh Binh.

Quang Ninh Exhibition of Planning and Expo Center (QNEPEC) © Jojie Alcantara
Quang Ninh Exhibition of Planning and Expo Center (QNEPEC) © Jojie Alcantara

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam, H.E. Nguyen Ngoc Thien, said in a statement, “The people of Quang Ninh province are ready to welcome delegates and guests. We are honored to host ATF and look forward to inviting all visitors to experience the natural beauty and warmth of our people. We are ready to embrace all ASEAN states to drive connectivity and sustainable tourism to Viet Nam and the region as one.”

Halong Bay © Jojie Alcantara
Halong Bay © Jojie Alcantara

Vietnam has over 540 tourist destinations and attractions that can be classified as cultural, sea, natural & ecological, and sports & recreation tourism.  Among them are 24 world heritage sites.  For more information and updates for ATF 2019, visit www.atfvietnam2019.com

Special thanks to partners who have supported me in my trip: PLDT Home for my Fibr connection here at home enabling me quick access to my cloud files anywhere (articles and images) as well as in communication matters; AromacologySensi Philippines, Bioskin and MX3 who have shared proudly Davao products to give away to fellow delegates..

This article was published in SunStar Davao on January 19, 2019 entitled “Vietnam gears up for Asean Tourism Forum 2019” and posted on its news website

Published in SunStar Davao January 19, 2019 written by Jojie Alcantara
Published in SunStar Davao on January 19, 2019 © Jojie Alcantara

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The author is a multi-awarded photographer, journalist, and artist whose works are featured in tourism campaigns (It's More Fun in the Philippines), covers and spreads of books and international magazines. A long time columnist of SunStar Davao, she is a frequent traveler in search of inspirational heartwarming stories of human interest. She is also an  influencer and motivational speaker who gives photography workshops in universities and organizations. A former TV personality, she has done several print and TV commercials, event hosting and speaking engagements. In 2013, she has received an award from the City Government of Davao for her significant contribution in the social media. She was one of the speakers in Photo World Asia 2017.  A web designer/blogger since the 90s, she has seen the evolution of the internet and social media transition from the perspective of a traditional media person.

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