Growing Chinese tourism market expected to be hot topic at 2012 ASEAN Tourism Forum in Indonesia
Known as “The Land of Smiling People”, rich in culture, culinary delights, and beautiful landscapes, North Sulawesi, its provincial capital of Manado in particular, is poised to host an ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF-2012).
To most of the would-be participants of ATF-2012, Manado is probably best known as a stopping-off point for spectacular diving and snorkeling at the well-known Bunaken Marine Park.
They would certainly love every moment of their stay in Manado because North Sulawesi as one of the newest developing destinations in Asia, offers a wide range of opportunities or spots for recreational activities.
No wonder North Sulawesi Culture and Tourism Office Chief Haefrey Sendoh said in Manado on Thursday that Manado was ready to host the ASEAN Tourism Forum, themed “ASEAN Tourism for Global Community of Nations”, which will be staged on January 8 – 15, 2012.
The ASEAN Tourism Forum is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region as one tourist destination.
This annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 member nations of ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Each year, the hosting of ATF is rotated among the member countries.
The ATF 2012 in Manado will mark the 31st anniversary of this event since its inauguration in Malaysia in 1981.
Indonesia will host ATF 2012 and is all geared up to welcome over 1,600 delegates which includes about 400 international buyers and 100 international media.
China Travel Trends has been invited as media to report about how ASEAN countries look at the growing Chinese tourism market, and how its hotels, tours, and destinations looking to attract Chinese travellers.