ASEAN Speeding up Better Implementation of Online Newly Tourism Skill Training Projects
(Phnom Penh): In 3rd International Conference on Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) via Video Conference, in the Evening of 04 September 2020, Mr. Lim Jock Hoi, ASEAN Secretary-General, said that ASEAN is speeding up better implementation of new tourism skill training projects via online. This international conference was organized by Philippine under theme “ASEAN Tourism Professionals: Adaptation to New Pattern”, with 1, 000 participants, as skilled officers from private sector, especially from training institutions of the 10 ASEAN member nations, and there was participation from Mrs. Bernadette Romulo Puyat, Minister of Tourism of Philippine and the skilled officers of Cambodian Ministry of Tourism had also attended as speakers in the discussion.
The Secretary – General Lim Jock Hoi said that, Asian has tourism professional registration system for employment movement facilitation that all those who are serving in Asian tourism are able to get file sources in order to conduct online skill training, as the additional skill training program (Upskilling) and newly skill training program (Re – Skilling) to improve capacity during Covid-19. “ASEAN is accelerating the implementation of newly project on online Asian tourism professional training”, he said. As tourism is a majority economic sector of ASIAN, which has been receiving serious impacts from Covid-19 crisis, the recovery of this sector is the key priority in Association of Southeast Asian Nations in order to ensure that tourism is still as national income generated – sector and as a major source of employments.
In this sense, Secretary – General reiterated spirit of 36th ASEAN Summit on last June, by heads of states underscored the importance of putting out Tran-border measures such as Travel Bubble, or Travel Corridors, as the first step of regional recovery facilitation. He confirmed that, in the present context, tourism sector needs to play more agent and first ever – role in bringing region back to normal, at least throughout facilitation of some necessary business tours as well as the restoration travelers’ trust.
Please remind that the conference on Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) was prepared every two years, which the first time was held in 2016 in Indonesia, and the second time was held in Cambodia in 2018. In 2019, ASEAN got international tourists of 133 million, increased by 7%, of which ASEAN Intra-Traveler was about 40%, created about 30 million direct jobs, equivalent to 9.7% of total jobs and contributed to income generation of about 10% of GDP, but based on 2020 primary estimation, there may be increase of about 70% – 80% international tourists.