ASEANTA promotes intra-ASEAN travel


Davao City (17 January) — With 550 million people in the South-east Asian region, the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) is targeting to mobilize at least 10 percent of that number of people to travel within the region. This was bared by Immediate Past President of Malaysian Association of Travel and Tours Association Tunku Iskandar in a press conference yesterday at the Waterfront Hotel, this city.

“We need to help our neighbors promote their tourism and that could enrich the whole ASEAN.” he said.

He added that the best way to do it is by promoting better understanding between of the people in the various ASEAN countries.

Data showed that in 2004, about 44.9 million people from all over the world visit the region; only 23 million people from ASEAN countries are traveling within the region.

“These figures showed that we haven’t even reached at least five per cent of intra-regional travel. This is why we are exerting efforts to boost travel within ASEAN countries,” Iskandar said.

It was also shown that the biggest number of travelers visiting the region are those from; Japan, China, Korea, United States, Australia, and Taiwan.

While the biggest mover of people traveling both within the ASEAN and even outside the region are those from Singapore, followed by Japan, Malaysia, India, and Thailand.

ASEANTA is expecting increased travel in the coming years with the operations of low cost airlines, increased number of hotels and attractive excursion packages.

“It has resulted to healthy competition and better pricing that could attract more and more travelers,” Iskandar said. (PIA)