Tourism Agreements

DETERMINED to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of ASEAN`s foreign services, the Commission presented a set of guidelines to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions by opening internal borders and allowing tourism businesses to reopen, subject to the adoption of specific health measures. RECOGNIZING, AT THE SAME TIME, the valuable role of tourism in bridling the development gap among ASEAN Member States and in promoting mutual understanding and regional stability, HAVING REGARD to the Manila Declaration of 15 December 1987, which expressed ASEAN`s determination to promote travel within ASEAN and to strengthen the ASEAN tourism industry, Member States are conducting ongoing negotiations on trade in tourism services, in line with the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services. ANLEBIG of the Hanoi Action Plan which we adopted at our sixth summit on 15 and 16 December 1998 in Hanoi and on 10 December 1998. the ASEAN Ministerial Declaration on Tourism Cooperation, signed in Cebu, Philippines, on 1 January 1998, which, inter alia, presented the development and promotion of ASEAN as a unique tourist destination with world-class standards, facilities and attractions; RECOGNIZING the strategic importance of the tourism sector for the sustainable socio-economic growth of ASEAN member countries and the diversity of cultures, economy and complementary benefits throughout the region, which would benefit the development of ASEAN`s tourism policy in the pursuit of improved regional quality of life, peace and prosperity, some states are concluding bilateral agreements on these issues, and it is mainly the Mediterranean countries – or part of them – that risk being excluded from these agreements, because they are more affected by the pandemic, with a series of outbreaks. 3. Will it reflect on a debate on the reopening of borders and multilateral agreements for the revitalization of tourism and will it remind everyone to respect the principle of solidarity? 1. . . .