Ha Long City – Led by Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YB Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi, Malaysia shows strong presence at the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, held from 14 to 18 January.

The Malaysian delegation is comprised of 33 sellers from hotels and resorts, tour agencies and state tourism boards, namely Tourism Selangor, Tourism Johor, Penang Global and Sabah Tourism Board. The delegation is also including the Secretary General of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, Datuk Ahmad Shah Hussein Tambakau, Chairman of Tourism Malaysia and Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Datuk Musa Yusof.

There are various events allowing the Malaysian private sector to take part in the ATF TRAVEX to expand their business opportunity, i.e. exhibition and business appointments, conferences and networking sessions, tourism trade networking event and ASEAN National Tourism Organisation and Association meetings.

The ATF is one of the most significant annual tourism promotional events in Asia where ASEAN ministers meet and discuss regional issues. And this is the first time that YB Datuk Mohamaddin has attended this tourism event in his ministerial capacity with peers from the region.

This year’s ATF obtains participation from 315 buyers with 289 exhibitor booths, representing companies and properties from 10 ASEAN countries, as well as 145 international media.