A Lao workshop participant shares the accessibility of Japanese public facility duringthe seminar on Feb 7, 2016
(KPL) “Tourism for all - to promote universal accessibility” was the annual theme announced by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on World Tourism Day 2016, and Accessible Tourism is receiving increasing attention among ASEAN tourism stakeholders.
The ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC), an intergovernmental organisation of ASEAN and Japan based in Tokyo, organized a seminar on Accessible Tourism on Feb 7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Secretary-General of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia, Datuk Hj Ab Ghaffar A Tambi, who made the opening remarks at the seminar, emphasized the importance of being ready to cater to and provide accessible tourism for the tourism industry in Malaysia as the number of senior travelers and tourists with disabilities continues to increase. He also expressed appreciation to the AJC for co-hosting the seminar in the country.
The seminar was co-organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia and was attended by some 120 local tourism stakeholders from both the public and the private sectors.
During the seminar, Director of Tourism Shizuoka Japan, Mr Naohiro Fukawa and the President of TIC Travel Center Co., Ltd, Mr Hisashi Yamaguchi, both of whom were Japanese tourism experts dispatched by the AJC, gave lectures on the latest Japanese overseas travel markets and travel products featuring accessible tourism, respectively.
In addition, local tourism experts provided information about the current situation in Malaysia regarding accessible tourism, followed by a panel discussion among related panels from ASEAN member states and Japan.
Tourism stakeholders from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Laos who attended the Accessible Tourism Workshop in Japan reported their workshop experiences, which also highlighted their points of view on Japanese tourism attractions.
In accordance with its mandate to further promote sustainable tourism including both ASEAN member states and Japan, the AJC invites tourism stakeholders from the ASEAN Member States to Japan every year to provide them with opportunities to attend a technical workshop and update their knowledge of the Japanese tourism market and industry.