Thursday, May 15, 2014

ASEAN group opens opportunities for Filipino tourism professionals
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, May 15 (PNA) -- Good news for Filipino tourism professionals!

There will soon be regional training sessions for hotel divisions where tourism professionals may find employment in other member-countries of the ASEAN National Tourism Organization.

The agreement came up in the special meeting of the ASEAN Tourism Professionals Monitoring Committee (ATPMC) held Thursday at the Oriental Hotel, ahead of the multiple tourism organizations' meetings that will be held later this week in this city.

The ATPMC is composed of the national organizations of ASEAN member-states in preparation for the ASEAN Economic Community Integration by 2015.

Sounh Manivong of Lao PDR chaired the meeting while Mohd Daud Moud Arif of Malaysia was the vice-chair.

The ATPMC likewise drafted Thursday the terms of reference and agreement to establish the regional secretariat for the implementation of the mutual recognition agreement (MRA) on tourism professionals.

The 40th meeting of the ASEAN National Tourism Organization, the 26th Meeting of the ASEAN plus Three National Tourism Organizations and the 12th Meeting of the ASEAN-India TWG are scheduled until May 17.

The ATPMC’s mandate is to ensure tourism growth sustainability and greater contribution to the ASEAN community, through, among others, the implementation of MRAs on tourism professionals.

Meanwhile, the MRA aims at facilitating mobility of tourism professionals within the region, fostering information exchange of best practices - especially in education and training - and providing opportunities for cooperation and capacity-building across ASEAN member-states. (PNA) CMR/FGS/CBD