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Tourism in spotlight at City conference

Update: July, 03/2014 - 09:25
Deputy chairwoman of the HCM City People's Committee, Nguyen Thi Hong  receives the Best Tourism Industry Leader award from the Tourism Promotion Organisation for Asia Pacific Cities for her contribution to the development of tourism in the Asia-Pacific. — Photo Thanh Vu

HCM CITY — More than 160 scholars, professionals, and government officials from the tourism and hospitality sectors from 17 countries and territories are attending the 20th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Conference that opened yesterday in HCM City.

Titled Development of Regional Tourism by Collaboration between Public Sector and Academic in the Asia Pacific Region, the conference is discussing how to develop tourism in the Asia-Pacific region.

Eco-tourism, medical tourism, film and drama tourism, tourism planning and policy, community-based tourism, and service quality management are among the issues on the agenda at the four-day event.

"HCM City leaders deeply appreciate the role of academic organisations in promoting the image of Viet Nam and its people at international universities and institutions," Nguyen Thi Hong, deputy chairwoman of the city People's Committee, told the opening ceremony.

"The conference is a platform for international scholars, professionals, and government officials to meet, share ideas and work hand-in-hand for a brighter future for tourism in the region."

The annual gathering enables the building of a productive dialogue between member countries and provides opportunity for networking and fruitful contacts between countries, she added.

Hong received the Best Tourism Industry Leader award given by the Tourism Promotion Organisation for Asia Pacific Cities for her contribution to the development of tourism in the Asia-Pacific.

Founded in 1995, APTA is devoted to tourism and hospitality research in the region. — VNS

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