Tourism Agreements

The Commission has presented a series of guidelines to help Member States remove travel restrictions by opening internal borders and reopening tourism businesses, subject to the adoption of specific health measures. IN CONCLU A ACCORD ON ASEAN TOURISM at the seventh ASEAN Summit in Brunei Darussalam on 4 November 2001; CONSCIENTS that tourism plays a valuable role in closing the development gap between ASEAN Member States and promoting mutual understanding and regional stability; NOTE the strategic importance of the tourism industry for sustainable socio-economic growth in ASEAN Member States and the diversity of cultures, economy and complementary benefits throughout the region, which would benefit ASEAN`s tourism development in promoting improved quality of life, peace and well-being at the regional level; The proposed approach to such a reopening should take into account the interests of all countries without creating disadvantages, since access to transport services is essential for the tourism sector, which accounts for 10% of EU GDP. Does the Commission intend to start a debate on the reopening of borders and multilateral agreements to boost tourism and remind everyone to respect the principle of solidarity? Member States cooperate in the development of human resources in the tourism and travel sectors: some States conclude bilateral agreements on these issues and it is mainly the Mediterranean countries – or some of them – that are at risk of being excluded from these agreements, as they are more affected by the pandemic, with a number of epidemics. REAFFIRMING our commitment to the rules and principles of the General Agreement on Trade in Services and our policy to apply them to the tourism and travel industry; REMEMBERing the Hanoi Action Plan we adopted at our sixth summit on 15-16 December 1998 in Hanoi and the ASEAN Ministerial Agreement on Tourism Cooperation signed in Cebu, Philippines on 10 January 1998, which included the development and promotion of ASEAN as the only tourist destination with world-class standards, facilities and attractions; Under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services, Member States are permanently fighting trade in tourism services. CONSCIENTSS of improving the efficiency and competitiveness of ASEAN`s tourism services; REMEMBERing the need to strengthen, deepen and expand cooperation between ASEAN Member States and their private sectors in the field of tourism, given the complementary nature of their tourism attractions; Could these bilateral agreements create a competitive disadvantage for other states and how does it intend to ensure that there is no discrimination? VU the Manila Declaration of 15 December 1987 expressing ASEAN`s determination to promote travel within ASEAN and strengthen the ASEAN tourism industry; DONE in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia, November 4, 2002, in a single copy in English.