ASEAN nations differ on reopening dates

Tourism leaders from the 10-ASEAN nations claim they are ready to engage and promote tourism within the region’s member countries but have so far failed to come up with a timeframe to reopen borders.

Leaders of tourism ministries in ASEAN met with their counterparts from travel agencies in a virtual Federation of ASEAN Travel Agents event hosted online 20 June.

Commenting on the takeaways from the Webinar, the Cambodia Ministry of Tourism’s Facebook post confirmed countries had individual recovery and promotional plans at the ready but failed to reach a consensus or identify a possible timeframe to reopen borders. Tour operators in the region consider the reopening schedule crucial for survival. However, the Webinar failed to deliver clues on the region’s “D-Day” timetable that they so urgently need to reboot tourism and get staff back to work.

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