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									                        Joint Statement
 The First Asia Cooperation Dialogue Tourism Business Forum
                       Phuket, Thailand
                       22-24 May 2003


1. We, representatives from public and private sectors of the participating
countries of Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), met for the ACD
Tourism Business Forum (ACD TBF) in Phuket, Thailand, between 22-
24 May 2003 (List of participants – Annex);

2. Recognising the commitments of ACD countries to jointly promote an
Asia-wide cooperation and prosperity of the region and peoples,

3. Reaffirming the core values of ACD which are positive thinking, non-
institutionalised, informal, evolving process and comfort level, thereby
serving as the missing link to forge Asia-wide strategic partnership,

4. Noting the importance of tourism as a development instrument for
income generation, job creation and an increase of foreign exchange
earnings in Asia, and in promoting friendly exchanges and understanding
between peoples,

5. Acknowledging tourism-related activities of regional organisations in
the Asia-Pacific including United Nations Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); United Nations
Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); World
Tourism Organisation (WTO); Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN); Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC); Pacific Asia
Travel Association (PATA); Greater Mekong Subregion Cooperation
(GMS); Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand Economic
Cooperation (BIMST-EC); South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation (SAARC); and Agency for Coordinating Mekong Tourism
Activities (AMTA),

6. Resolving to formulate initiatives for the sustainability of Asia’s
tourism industry, designed to complement the mandates and activities of
the aforementioned organisations and address areas of concern where
there is no current activity.

Intra-Regional Promotion Initiatives

7. We resolve to undertake the following measures to ensure that tourism
meets its economic, social and cultural development goals:
              Strengthen regional cooperation among stakeholders in
                developing intra-regional marketing and promotion
                strategies and actions;
              Ensure the effective use of financial and human resources
                by assessing existing regional promotion and cooperation
              Develop techniques and structures for the sharing of
                market research information;
              Develop a regional travel manual to highlight major
                tourist attractions of participating countries as a tourist
              Encourage cooperation and partnership, instead of
                competition, to create mutual benefits and new markets;
              Improve the quality and sustainable growth of tourism in
                ACD countries, such as environmental protection and
                infrastructure development; and
              Explore the possibility of easing visa formalities.

Safety and Security

8. We agree to further develop the following measures concerning
tourism safety and security:
              Initiate capacity-building measures to enhance
                effectiveness and risk management capacities of bodies
                responsible for safety and security in Asia through
                collaboration with the concerned agencies;
              Develop regional strategies and emergency plans among
                ACD countries to effectively deal with emergencies,
                disasters and threats, thereby minimising their negative
              Call for governments to take caution in issuing travel
                advisories in order to prevent public misperception of
                prevailing situations regarding communicable diseases
                and terrorist threats;

             Encourage governments to exchange information and
              intelligence concerning the terrorist activities;
             Urge governments to increase ratification of international
              instruments concerning the prevention and suppression of
             Enhance people’s awareness of potential threats through
              ‘People Watch’ initiatives; and
             Conduct a study of existing best practices of crisis
              management in ACD countries to develop measures to
              effectively and collectively deal with crises.

Human Resource Development (HRD)

9. We resolve to undertake the following actions in recognition of the
need to develop a knowledgeable and skilled tourism workforce in Asia:
             Implement a regional HRD initiative in providing and
               standardising training courses on tourism, and
               establishing    ‘train-the-trainers’  programmes      and
               education consortiums;
             Develop standardised course materials and curricula
               within Asia to promote quality trainers;
             Promote further cooperation among training bodies in
               Asia through assessing regional needs and identifying
               educational and training requirements and priorities;
             Ensure the optimal use of resources and shared expertise
               from ACD countries by developing regional HRD
               strategy; and
             Develop the existing database of HRD facilities in the

Development of Small and Medium-Sized Tourism Enterprises (SMEs)

10. We resolve to undertake the following measures, taking into
consideration the significant impact of tourism SMEs on economic
development and poverty reduction in Asia:
             Urge government support for the promotion of tourism
             Promote quality of tourism SMEs in terms of
               productivity, competitiveness and HRD;
             Classify tourism development targets into specific
               clusters to best suit the joint promotion of SMEs;

             Encourage ACD countries to help develop SMEs into
              viable businesses by assisting their development, sharing
              marketing information and establishing common
              benchmarking; and
             Promote an Asian brand by developing joint regional
              promotion strategies to encourage tourists to support
              small tourism enterprises.

11. We warmly welcome Thailand’s readiness to coordinate future
activities of the ACD TBF for the benefits of all ACD countries.

12. We express appreciation for the setting up of an ACD TBF website to
promote the sharing of information and expertise among ACD TBF

13. We agree to convene the second ACD Working Group Meeting on
Tourism, with emphasis on the partnership between public and private
sectors, before the next annual ACD Ministerial Meeting.


14. We, representatives from public and private sectors of the
participating ACD countries, pledge to cooperate actively with a view to
enhancing Asia’s competitiveness and negotiating power in the field of

15. We reaffirm that continued consultation and cooperation among the
participating countries of ACD remain vital in addressing the issue of
tourism promotion and development.

16. We express our appreciation to the Government of the Kingdom of
Cambodia for agreeing in principle to host the next ACD Working Group
on Tourism.

17. Finally, we adopted the attached Report of the first ACD TBF.

Adopted on this 24th day of May 2003 in Phuket, Thailand.


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