(TITC) – On 7 September 2018, in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) organized the Workshop on ASEAN Tourism Awards in the framework of the International Travel Expo – Ho Chi Minh City (ITE-HCMC) 2018.
Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan – Chairman of Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism
The workshop aimed at disseminating the guidance of 8 ASEAN Tourism Standards, introducing sustainable tourism products and good practices, honoring winners of ASEAN Tourism Awards, discussing solutions and sharing experiences of awardees, and encouraging the implementation of ASEAN standards.
Speaking at the workshop, Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan – Chairman of VNAT informed that the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016 – 2025 prioritized the development of sustainable and green tourism. To realize this goal, ASEAN approved 8 ASEAN Tourism Standards, which reflected the common perspective towards sustainable and responsible tourism development.
Chairman Nguyen Van Tuan emphasized that Viet Nam tourism has been growing strongly in recent years, with the boom of high quality accommodation facilities. This brought opportunities along with challenges in terms of environmental protection issues. Therefore, it is necessary to implement ASEAN Tourism Standards, especially in the hospitality industry in order to mitigate negative impacts in the process of operation and development.
At the workshop, VNAT also honored 14 winners of ASEAN Tourism Awards 2018, which were annouced at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2018 in Thailand in January this year, including 5 ASEAN Green Hotel Awards; 1 ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award; 5 MICE Venue Awards and 3 ASEAN Clean Tourist City Awards.
8 ASEAN Tourism Standards:
ASEAN Green Hotel Standard
ASEAN Homestay Standard
ASEAN Community-based Tourism Standard
ASEAN MICE Venue Standard
ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Standard
ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard
ASEAN Spa Standard
ASEAN Public Toilet Standard
14 winners of ASEAN Tourism Awards 2018:
5 ASEAN Green Hotel Awards:
Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa (Thua Thien Hue)
Six Senses Con Dao (Ba Ria – Vung Tau)
The Grand Ho Tram Strip (Ba Ria – Vung Tau)
Four Season The Nam Hai (Quang Nam)
Flamingo Dai Lai (Vinh Phuc)
1 ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award:
Thai Hai Reserve Area of Ecological Houses-on-Stilts Village
5 MICE Venue Awards:
JW Marriott Ha Noi (Ha Noi)
Diamond Bay Resort & Spa (Khanh Hoa)
FLC Quy Nhon Resort (Binh Dinh)
Muong Thanh Luxury Can Tho Hotel (Can Tho)
Vinpearl Ha Long Bay Resort (Quang Ninh)
3 ASEAN Clean Tourist City Awards:
Hue City (Thua Thien Hue)
Hoi An City (Quang Nam)
Da Lat City (Lam Dong)