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Asian Tourism Ministers Headed to Indonesia

Inter Asian Task Force of Tourism Bosses to Help Boost Indonesian Tourism.

(2/10/2003) The ten tourism ministers from the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plus three additional tourism ministers from Japan, the People's Republic of China, and South Korea - are all expected to visit Jakarta and Bali during the February-March time slot.

That visit is part of a commitment made by the Ministers to assist Indonesia's recovery from the ill-effects of the October 12, 2002 terrorist attack. Meeting together at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, January 20-28, 2003, the tourism chiefs of the 13 governments resolved to visit Indonesia to help stimulate intra-Asian travel and cooperation.

The ASEAN tourism ministers agreed during their Cambodian meetings to stimulate regional travel between their respective countries through the upgrading of their transportation systems, liberalizing the tourism service sector, enhancement of local security measures, training of manpower, and participation in a series of joint promotional programs.

The Indonesia visit represents part of the agreement between ASEAN member nations to undertake task forces and working groups on an ad hoc basis to address issues affecting travel within the region.