In January 2013, ASEAN is scheduled to launch a new-look ASEAN Tourism website in English (www.aseantourism.travel) and one in Chinese (www.dongnanya.travel). ASEAN is also developing tourism promotion pages for SinaWeibo.com, the largest social media platform in China.
The SinaWeibo pages are being developed with support from the ASEAN China Center. ASEAN's SinaWeibo content will be available early 2013. ASEAN will also launch its first Facebook app in January 2013. The aim is to encourage travellers to Southeast Asian destinations to share their travel experiences on mobile devices as they happen.
Cambodia to Host Next ASEAN Tourism Investment Forum
Cambodia will host the 6th ASEAN Tourism Investment Forum (ATIF) in 2014. This year the 5th ATIF took place November 7-8 in Lombok Indonesia. The forum attracted over 100 private and public sector investors from China, Japan and Korea as well as ASEAN. Tourism officials and investors from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam presented tourism investment opportunities.
They detailed the incentives provided in their respective countries. A long track record of growth in tourism arrivals, enhanced air access within ASEAN, the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, and continued forecasts of strong GDP growth will continue to create favourable returns on investment, said speakers.
New Centres Build ASEAN Tourism Links with China, Korea and Japan
China has joined Korea and Japan in opening ASEAN centres dedicated to boosting economic, cultural and tourism links. China opened its ASEAN-China Centre in 2011, Korea in 2009 and Japan in 1981