The 29th ASEAN Tourism Forum to be hosted by
member-nation, Brunei Darussalam, in Bandar Seri Begawan, from 21
to 28 January 2010, has confirmed that all 373 exhibiting booths at
TRAVEX (Travel Exchange) have been taken, with the ten
member-nations well represented at the annual event which
showcases the best of travel products and services in ASEAN.
Thailand and Malaysia lead the pack with the largest number of
Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohamed, CEO of Brunei
Tourism, ATF 2010 Host Committee, said, “As the global economy is
already showing strong signs of recovery, this is an opportune
time for sellers to capitalise on suitable platforms available to
re-ignite interests and develop businesses. The sell-out
reinforces ATF as a great vehicle for networking and trade for the
ASEAN tourism industry.”
Among the expected turn-out of
more than 1,400 delegates, some 400 buyers from the Asia Pacific
(57%), Europe (33%) and the rest of the world will
congregate in Brunei Darussalam, at the three-day TRAVEX event
from 26 to 28 January 2010 at the new BRIDEX (Brunei International Defence Exhibition) Centre in Jerudong. Apart from TRAVEX,
delegates will also get to explore the unexpected treasures of
Brunei and Borneo through the pre-show city tours and post-show
tours jointly organised by Brunei Tourism, Sabah Tourism and
Sarawak Tourism. These include visits to historic sites and
cultural landmarks, spa treats, as well as exciting nature and
scenic tours across Brunei and Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia.
Driven by the theme – ‘ASEAN – The Heart of Green’, another
highlight of ATF 2010 is the ASEAN Tourism Conference (ATC) to be
held on 26 January. It will feature a keynote address, titled
‘Sustainable Tourism in Transboundary Conservation Areas’, by
acclaimed authority on eco-tourism – Hitesh Mehta – on how the
region can embrace sustainable development principles and
encourage responsible travel behaviour that will help conserve the
environment and bio-diversity, as well as sustain the well-being
of the local people.
Mehta’s vast experience in sustainable
landscape and architectural design projects, eco-lodge and
eco-resort design, environmental and protected area planning
across continents has earned him the reputation of being one of
the world’s foremost leading authorities on eco-tourism.
Currently an adjunct professor at the Florida Atlantic University
in the US, Mehta runs his own landscape architecture and planning
firm – HM Design – with ongoing projects in Costa Rica, Indonesia,
Panama and Dominica and the West Indies. From 1997 to 2006, he
held the position of Vice-President and Head of the Ecotourism and
Environmental Planning Market Sector at EDSA (Florida), one of the
world’s largest landscape architecture and planning firms, during
which he played an instrumental role in many key projects, such as
the Eco-tourism Product Implementation Programme in Kenya and the
Vision Plan for Wailoaloa Ecolodge in Nadi, Fiji.
addition, a panel discussion will be chaired by leading industry
professionals, who include Tony Charters, Principal of Tony
Charters and Associates and Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director
of Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd. They will
share their experiences on developing eco-tourism projects in
transboundary conservation areas.
One of the best press conferences held during
the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2010 in Brunei was from Laos, who
held the pc at 09:00 on the final day (28 January 2010). The main speaker (in
the middle) was Mr. Sounth Manivong, Director General, Planning
and Cooperation Department, Project Director of STDP, Lao National
Tourism Administration, who was assisted by the gentleman to his
right - Mr. Khom Douangchantha, Director, International Relations
Division, Lao National Tourism Administration, and Mr. Willy
Hsieh, Representative, Lao National Tourism Administration to his
left. The video has been cut into 4 parts, the first two of
which are below, the third and fourth parts are being uploaded now
and will be posted once complete.
On 27 January 2010 at the ATF 2010 in Brunei,
Royal Brunei Airlines and Tourism Malaysia signed a MoU for a
During the ATF (ASEAN Tourism Forum) in Brunei,
ASIA Travel Tips.com spoke with Mr. Murray Bailey a co-founder of
Holiday Volunteers about the new company.
Vietnamese Instrument Band playing some lovely
classical Vietnamese music on bamboo, a zither and monochord.
Playing the bamboo is Ms. Nguyen Duan Vinh Hao, on the monochord
is Ms. Nguyen Duc Thuy Trang and playing the zither is Ms. Chau
Tran My Ngoc. They were playing from a stand at the ATF (ASEAN
Tourism Fourm) 2010 in Brunei.
Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohamed, Chief
Executive Officer - Brunei Tourism, heads the official ATF 2010
Brunei press conference held on 27 January 2010 at BIDEX in Brunei
Darussalem. The light hearted press conference covers visitor
arrival numbers to Brunei and even touches on how these statistics
are calculated. Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohamed also talks a
little of where Brunei tourism is going and is hopes for the
future. Part 1 of 4.
At the ATF 2010 which is currently taking place
(25-29 January 2010) in Brunei, ASIA Travel Tips.com had the
opportunity to speak with a man who must have one of the hardest
jobs in tourism, despite having one of the most beautiful and
culturally rich to promote - Myanmar. In this 10 minute video, we
talk with Mr Htay Aung, Director General - Ministry of Hotels &
Tourism, Myanmar about tourism in the country, developments,
tourist numbers since some of the more recent problems and where
they are all coming from.
Just a few of the special moments from the
opening ceremony of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2010 which took place
in the Grand Ballroom at the Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei
Darussalam on the evening of 25 January 2010.