Asean needs cooperation in tourism: official

Competition should be healthy.
Pangkalpinang (ANTARA News) - Cooperation in the development of tourism industry in Asean should be based on the spirit of mutual benefit, an Indonesian spokesman said .

The tourism industry of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand should not be engaged in head to head competition, I Gde Pitana, a senior official of the Indonesian tourism ministry said.

Competition should be healthy , Pitana said at the opening of the Indonesia Malaysia Thailand-Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Working Group Meeting on Tourism in Pangkalan Baru, Bangka on Thursday.

Pitana, who is the chairman of IMT-GT, said the three countries share almost the same cultural history.

The ceremony was attended by delegations from the three countries and officials of tourism offices in Sumatra.

The GT meeting is to strengthen economic cooperation between frontier areas of the three countries.

Indonesian areas included in the GT agreement are Aceh, Bangka Belitung, Bengkulu, Jambi, Lampung, South Sumatra Riau, Riau Islands, North Sumatra and West Sumatra.

(O001)

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