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APEC members advised to step up technological application in tourism

A photo of the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Tourism on June 19 (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh (VNA) – Member
economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) should step up the application
of technologies in regional tourism development amid the Fourth Industrial
Revolution 4.0 (FIR), a Vietnamese
expert said.

At the APEC High Level
Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Tourism that took place in  northeastern Quang Ninh province’s Ha Long
city on June 19, General Director of the DTT Technology Group Nguyen The Trung,
who is also member of the Government FIR Working Group, highlighted advantages
of applying artificial intellectual (AI) and technologies in the tourism sector.

According to the
expert, the FIR gives people more free time and saves labour force, thus
increasing the demand for travel. It also enables new areas for tourism
development, such as space tours and blended travel.

APEC economies should
impose cross border digital management in order to boost travel information
exchanging, and facilitate data management, he said.

One-door policies have
been applied in the fields of transport, healthcare, agriculture and trading in
the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Trung said, suggesting that
APEC economies should also do the same in tourism cooperation.

APEC members should
also launch an information portal to share their best practices and connect
cross-border campaigns on sustainable and responsible tourism, as well as
promote the region’s tourism potential, he said.

More cultural exchanges
should be conducted among APEC members to enhance understanding among regional
people, so that locals can provide better and more relevant support for tourists,
thus luring more visitors from APEC members.

To date, Vietnam has
exempted entry visa for nine member economies and implemented electronic visas
for three other economies, creating favourable conditions for travelers.

In 2016, top ten source
markets of Vietnam are APEC member economies. Vietnam welcomed a record number of
10 million international visitors in the year, including over 8.1 million
foreign tourists, or 81 percent from APEC economies, including China, Russia,
Japan, Australia, the Republic of Korea and the US.-VNA

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