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Quang Nam developing tourism products to welcome APEC

Released at: 18:51, 21/08/2017 APEC Viet Nam 2017

Quang Nam developing tourism products to welcome APEC

Hoi An Ancient Town. Photo: Culaochamtour.com

Products specifically designed for those attending upcoming APEC meetings.

by Le Diem

The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in the central province of Quang Nam has being working with tour operators in Hoi An to create special tours for foreign media and delegates attending the APEC Finance Ministerial Meeting (FMM) in Hoi An ancient town from October 19 to 21 and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang from November 6 to 11.

Seven tour product groups with specific programs have been identified, such as Hoi An heritage tours, My Son Sanctuary heritage tours, craft village tours, waterway tours, Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island) tours, and tours to nearby mountainous areas. Tours are from one to two days and one night.

All are required to introduce the specific cultural values of Quang Nam, in particular ensuring quality and safety. Once compiled, tour options will be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Committee on APEC for selection and introduction to APEC participants.

If these tours are welcomed by APEC participants, it would be a great opportunity for travel companies in Hoi An and Quang Nam to promote their brands and the values of local tourist attractions.

Quang Nam is home to a large number of cultural and natural heritage sites, many of which were recognized as UNESCO heritage sites, such as Hoi An ancient town, My Son Sanctuary, and the Cu Lao Cham biosphere reserve.

Hoi An is an old trading port that has retained over 1,000 ancient relics, such as streets, houses, temples and tombs. Its architecture is a combination of Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese, with a little Western as well. It became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1999.

It was listed among the 50 most beautiful places in Asia by Condé Nast Traveler, a global luxury travel magazine. Travel website TripAdvisor also placed An Bang Beach, 3 km from Hoi An, in its Top 25 beaches in Asia, describing it as “lovely” and suggesting the best time to visit is from May to September.

My Son Sanctuary was also designated a World Heritage Site in 1999 for its impressive tower-temples in an Indian Hindu design. The site’s history dates back to the 4th to 13th centuries and it was the spiritual center of the Champa people. Of the 225 Cham vestiges in Vietnam, My Son possesses 71 monuments and 32 epitaphs.

The APEC FMM is an important event within APEC 2017, the year-long hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Vietnam, which will culminate in the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Da Nang. This is the second time Vietnam has played host to APEC, having done so in 2006. The APEC 2017 Finance Process focuses on four cooperation priorities: long-term investment in infrastructure, base erosion and profit shifting, disaster risk financing and insurance, and the comprehensive financial field.

Since its inception in 1989, APEC has proven to be the leading economic cooperation and connectivity mechanism in the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on three pillars: trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation, and economic-technological cooperation.

APEC now has 21 member economies: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam, which together account for 39 per cent of the world’s population and contribute 59 per cent of global GDP and 48 per cent of the global trade, as at November 2016.

Vietnam officially joined APEC in November 1998, marking a milestone in the implementation of its foreign policy of openness, multilateralization, and the diversification of relations and international economic integration.

It has made positive contributions to the APEC cooperation process. The country successfully hosted APEC Year 2006, in which the 14th APEC Economic Leaders Meeting endorsed the Hanoi Action Plan to implement the Busan Roadmap towards the Bogor Goals, approved measures to enhance the efficiency of APEC cooperation, and set out long-term prospects towards the formation of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). In 2014, Vietnam also successfully held the 6th APEC Human Resources Development Ministerial Meeting.

Vietnam has recommended and joined in many new initiatives alongside with proposing and carrying out more than 100 projects related to trade, investment, economic-technological cooperation, small and medium-sized enterprises, emergency response, healthcare, food security, and counter-terrorism. It has also assumed important positions within APEC cooperation mechanisms.

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