The Hanoitimes – The 8th Tourism Promotion Organization for Asian-Pacific Cities (TPO) Forum will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on June 21 – 22. This was announced by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism at a press conference on June 15. Themed “Smart tourism”, the event is expected to draw the attendance of about 300 delegates from 25 cities of six TPO member countries.
|The 8th Tourism Promotion Organization for Asian-Pacific Cities (TPO) Forum expects to welcome 300 delegates. Photo: Huy Chuong|
The forum will focus on measures to improve tourism development capacity of OTP member cities. Accordingly, delegates to the event will also propose initiatives and strategies to promote the development of the tourism sector amidst the fourth industrial revolution.
It will include two sessions on “Smart Tourism” and “Case Study Presentation by member cities on Smart Tourism”, with the participations of international speakers and experts operating in the tourism field.
Other programs will be the 31th Meeting of the TPO Executive Committee, the TPO Travel Trade exchange and a smart tourism exhibition; the TPO Bilateral Meeting, and the TPO Best Award.
In the TPO Bilateral Meeting, representatives from Busan city of South Korea with the role as the Chairmanship of TPO and ten member cities in the organisation’s Executive Committee, including Ho Chi Minh City, will discuss orientations for the operation of TPO in the coming time, and ways to enhance cooperation in developing tourism among TPO members.
The highlights of the forum would be initiatives and strategies to push smart tourism development, according to Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Tourism.
She hoped that by hosting the forum, Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism sector could uphold its position in Asia Pacific, and enhance tourism cooperation with other member cities of TPO, thus strengthening the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam in general and Ho Chi Minh City in particular with foreign countries.
TPO is an international organization established in 2002 at the 5th Asian-Pacific City Summit. TPO was borne to be an inter-city network to promote the exchanges and development of the tourism industry among major cities in the Asia Pacific region.
Ho Chi Minh City is a co-founder and member of the Executive Board. Currently, the organization consists of 86 cities, and 45 travel agencies and institutes and other tourism organizations from 10 Asia-Pacific countries and territories. Mai Nguyen