Malaysia to Host Inaugeral Commonwealth Tourism Ministers Meeting

At the request of the Government of Malaysia, following the recent Commonwealth Heads of State Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, Kuala Lumpur is the high profile venue for the inaugural Commonwealth Tourism Ministers Meeting and Commonwealth Tourism Business Forum taking place from 18 – 21 March 2004. The events are hosted by the Malaysian Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism; Tourism Malaysia; the Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Business Council and are being supported by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) – the newest UN specialised agency.

imageThe main aim of the Kuala Lumpur meetings is to bring together business and government leaders from around the world to discuss growth, investment and development strategies through Tourism. The Forum, taking place on 19 & 20th March, will be chaired by Geoffrey Lipman Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization and will be an interactive session of a core group of high-level delegates from tourism businesses, media, government, as well as regional & international business organizations.

Over 50 Tourism Ministers and Senior Government Officials have already confirmed their participation and the Forum, itself, is expected to draw an estimated 200 participants from all over the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Tourism Ministers Meeting will be officiated by Malaysia’s Prime Minister the Honourable Dato’ Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi at 5pm on Friday, 19 March 2004.

COMMONWEALTH TOURISM BUSINESS FORUM PROGRAMME

The Forum will:

· Identify key issues to encourage business growth & spur development.
· Enable High Level networking.
· Contribute to the Ministerial Proposals for Commonwealth Heads of Government

The Ministerial Agenda

The related Ministerial will address one fundamental issue

· How to grow Commonwealth Tourism sustainably in the current global environment and ensure that this contributes to the development of the poorest member states

The Business Forum Agenda

The Business Forum will explore

· The role that the private sector can play – its requirements and commitments.

Under the main theme of Promoting intra-Commonwealth Tourism Sustainably, discussions throughout the three days will target five strategic areas and propose a set of issues and actions for consideration at the Commonwealth Ministers of Tourism Meeting and associated Tourism Business Forum.

The topics are:

· Tourism promotion and information exchange
· Tourism and the economy – strengthening the linkages
· Tourism facilities and common security arrangements;
· Capacity building for sustainable tourism and quality services; and
· Mobilising investment into the tourism sector in Commonwealth countries.

At the end of the deliberations specific consideration will be given to the concepts of:

· Establishing a Commonwealth Tourism Promotion Centre:

· Developing A “Good Practice” Exchange – for Facilitation and Security:

· A Tourism Network for Investment.

Keynote address on the opening day of the Forum will be from B. Dato’ Paduka Abdul Kadir bin Haji Sheikh Fadzir, Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism, and Chairman, Tourism Malaysia.

Commonwealth Travel Mart 18-21 March 2004

Also taking place is the first Commonwealth Travel Mart from 18-21 March 2004 at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre. The Mart will see approximately 500 participants from within and outside the Commonwealth countries exhibiting their tourism products and conducting travel trade business meetings. If you would like information about exhibiting contact : ctm2004@tourism.gov.my

eTurboNews joins forces with CBC

eTurboNews joins CBC, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism, Malaysia and Tourism Malaysia in supporting the 2004 Commonwealth Tourism Business Forum.

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What is the Commonwealth Business Council?

The Commonwealth Business Council was established at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 1997. It acts as a bridge for cooperation between business and government in order to promote policies that enhance trade and investment within the Commonwealth.

As a multilateral organisation, with the full backing of the 54 Commonwealth member nations, the CBC plays a vital role in ensuring public-private sector cooperation in the cause of economic development.

Concentrating on efforts to help remove barriers to trade, mobilise investment into Commonwealth countries, foster a good environment for business and investment, promote good practice in corporate governance and corporate citizenship, and facilitate the expansion of e-commerce, the CBC fulfils its mandate by:

· Providing high-level links and opportunities for dialogue between governments and the private sector;
· Facilitating business-to-business networking across the Commonwealth.
· Pro-actively encourage trade
· Encouraging liberalisation, harmonisation and good governance
· Promoting sustainable development and corporate social responsibility
· Advising governments and the private sector on best practice
· Facilitating the transformation of economies and organisations
· Providing the enabling environments for the transfer of knowledge and technology
· Representing the interests of developing nations in the globalisation process
· Maintaining the neutrality of a non-governmental ‘third party’.

For further information http://www.cbcglobelink.org

Tourism Malaysia

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, or Tourism Malaysia, is a statutory body established under the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board Act 1992. Their objective is to promote Malaysia as an outstanding tourist destination. Through its activities, Malaysia attracts the world’s attention to the splendour and beauty that is uniquely Malaysian. Ultimately, its aim is to increase the number of foreign tourists to Malaysia, extend the average length of their stay and, in doing so increase Malaysia’s tourism revenue. Tourism Malaysia also aspires to develop domestic tourism while enhancing Malaysia’s share of the convention market.

http://www.tourism.gov.my

To attend the Commonwealth Tourism Business Forum you can register on line by visitingwww.cbcglobelink.org .

For further information contact:

Tourism Division
Commonwealth Business Council
Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 8200
Fax: +44 (0)20 7024 8201
E-mail: tourism@cbcglobelink.org

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