Regional Tourism and Tourism-related Organizations

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

The Republic of Korea´s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism develops and implements a wide range of policies to promote culture, arts, sports, tourism, religion and the media as well as government information so as to provide cultural opportunities to the public.

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Guilin Tourism

Strongly recommended by the World Tourism Organization (WTO), Guilin is one of the most picturesque places in the world, making it one of the most ideal tourist destinations. With such an abundance of attractions, it has always possessed a special charm and appeal to visitors, especially to foreign visitors.

Contact Information

Ms. Lisa Huang
Overseas Marketing Department
Guilin Municipal Tourism Bureau 
14 Ronghu Northern Road, 
Guilin, Guangxi, China
Tel. (86-773) 2823 533
Fax. (86-773) 2829 111 

For more information on Guilin Tourism site, click here

The Pacific Asia Travel Association

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. In partnership with PATA’s private and public sector members, they enhance the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within the region.

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations

ASEAN´s main purpose is to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavors in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations.
The ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) is a non-profit tourism association comprising both public and private tourism sector organizations from ASEAN. It´s goal is to promote tourism through close cooperation and assistance of ASEAN countries.

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Tourism Promotion Organization for Asian-Pacific Cities

The TPO is a network among the cities in the Asian Pacific region, focusing on tourism - one of the most important urban functions. As the centre of marketing, information, and human networking among member cities, TPO plays a key role to help Asian Pacific cities lead the tourism industry. 

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The East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum

The East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum was founded in Gangwon Province, Korea in 2000 in order to pursue for peace and prosperity through exchanges in diverse fields, and ten member provinces are currently participating. Additionally, it is the only one international tourism association in East Asia, led by local governments.

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Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) was set up with seed funding from the GMS Tourism Working Group which represents the six national governments in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The MTCO´s two primary functions are to co-ordinate sustainable pro-poor tourism development projects in the Melong in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, and to promote the Mekong region as a single travel and tourism destination.

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Tourism Charter)

The APEC Tourism Charter constitutes the basis for APEC tourism cooperation. The Charter reflects a collective commitment to improve the economic, cultural, social and environmental well-being of APEC member economies through tourism.  It establishes four key policy goals and an agreed process for realizing sustainable development and enhancement of quality and quantity of tourism.

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South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation

SAARC´s member consists of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It aims to facilitate tourism in the region through Technical Committee on Tourism created in 1991.

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Global Tourism Economy Research Centre

The Global Tourism Economy Research Centre, inaugurated in October 2011, is an independent, non-profit international research organization with a special purview on tourism & travel development in Asia as it relates and contributes to positive and sustainable global economic growth. Attuned to what is happening in the region through research and exchange platforms, the Center will openly share with government bodies and travel and tourism-related stakeholders how Asia’s development will positively impact the globe. The Centre’s unique and prescient insight on the tourism economy and its progressive and unique approach to aggregating and analyzing research from global authoritative bodies seeks to deliver solutions and advance ideas that will lead to the sustainable development of travel and tourism, in the region and around the world. 

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), established in 1967,  is a geo-political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.). ASEAN aims to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development among its members as well as protecting regional peace and stability, promoting collaboration, providing mutual assistance, promoting regional studies and working in close collaboration with international and regional organizations.

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