The countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Association (APEC) may be able to achieve the target of 800 million tourists by 20215 is they remove the barriers that are currently in place, said China’s deputy Prime Minister Wang Yang.
Addressing 150 representatives of 21 APEC member-countries and of international tourism organisations, Wang also said that for that goal to become a reality it was necessary for APEC member-countries to integrate the tourism market in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Through the introduction of facilities that allow for mobility of people and investment within APEC, development of the tourism sector will contribute to an open market whilst facilitating connections and regional economic growth,” said the Chinese deputy Prime Minister.
In his turn, the Director of the National Tourism Administration of China, Shao Qiwei, said China was ready to work with the other Asia-Pacific economies to speed up integration, cooperation and development of tourism in the region.
“The National Tourism Administration of China is fully committed to supporting Macau to develop tourism in a comprehensive manner and to expand tourism exchanges and cooperation with the rest of the world, so that Macau can become an international centre for tourism and leisure as soon as possible,” he said.
Macau’s Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, noted the opportunity to co-organise the 8th Ministerial Meeting of APEC Tourism to showcase the region as an “ideal platform” whilst “presenting Macau to the world.”
The meeting ended with the adoption of the Macau Declaration, which acknowledges “the significant differences between APEC members in terms of economic development, culture and history.”
The Macau Declaration on Building a New Future for Asia-Pacific Tourism Co-operation and Development also emphasises that this diversity must be maintained in order to achieve a balance between the “tourist interests of member countries.”
The declaration also acknowledges the important role of tourism in promoting economic and trade cooperation and exchanges of culture and people between member countries as well as of building a new kind of partnership in the Asia-Pacific region.” (macauhub/CN/MO)