APEC economies meeting to discuss cooperative efforts for the recovery of the tourism sector
Tourism Ministers and representatives of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies assembled in Bangkok to discuss the cooperative efforts to boost the tourism recovery in the region. It was the 11th edition of the APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting.
On Friday, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn who is the Tourism and Sports Minister of Thailand told the press that during the meeting, officials discussed the APEC’s guidelines to increase the restoration of the tourism sector after the COVID 19 pandemic. They also highlighted the role of the tourism sector in promoting the well-being of the people in the region.
According to a minister who attended the meeting, the officials exchanged views and experiences to promote the recovery of each economy and discussed how to keep the Tourism sector status as a sector that contributes to the benefits and well-being of the people of the APEC region.
A statement was issued by a representative instead of a joint statement as the economies were unable to reach an agreement in one paragraph of the draft joint statement, as per the reports of Xinhua news agency.
Moreover, there are so many obstacles in the way of global as well as regional tourism recovery including Covid 19 pandemic and economic challenges, rising food and fuel prices that lead to high travel costs, and high inflation rates that destroy tourism.
The statement stated that considerable new uncertainties and challenges have raised the need to utilize cooperation and together work on sustainable tourism which will help in achieving their aim of becoming an open, dynamic, resilient, and peaceful Asia-Pacific community by 2040.