The ASEANTA Board Meeting was held on 6 October 2014 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Manila, Philippines. It was held back-to-back with ASEAN Tourism Strategic Planning Workshop on 7th October and other ASEAN NTO’s and workgroups meetings.
Mr. Sam Cheah, Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) President, said that the ASEANTA meeting was a “fellowship and meeting up with new faces in the industry; setting a platform for ASEAN tourism fraternity to interact and opening of opportunities….”
ASEANTA Board Members were invited for the first time to attend and participate at the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Planning Workshop with the ASEAN NTOs.
WORD OF SYMPATHY FROM ASEANTA
On behalf of the Board Members, Management Committee and staff of ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA), please accept my heartfelt sympathies to the people, affected by the recent earthquake and aftershocks that followed on 5 and 7 May 2014 mainly in the northern Thai provinces of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Nan, Phayao, and Phrae.
We understand your feelings of sorrow and concern for your loved ones, friends and relatives who may have been affected in one way or another by this tragedy.
We hope and pray for your country’s speedy recovery from the effects of this disaster and bring about the business of travel and tourism into normality.
DATO’ MOHD KHALID HARUN
ASEAN TOURISM ASSOCIATION (ASEANTA)
Building a “friendship bridge” between Malaysia-Singapore, as proposed during the recent visit of H.E. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore to Malaysia, which began on Sunday 6th April 2014, is a clear indication of a growing friendship between the two countries.
The proposed “friendship bridge” and the on-going High-Speed Rail (HSR) links between Malaysia-Singapore, will certainly pave way for greater connectivity between the two countries. In fact, ASEANTA believes, both the joint iconic projects will, not only benefit the two countries, but also its ASEAN neighbours and the region as a whole.
On behalf of the Board Members, Management Committee and staff of ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA), I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those involved in the Malaysia Airline’s Flight MH 370 incident.
We know there are no words that we or anyone else can say which can ease your pain. Our prayers go out to all the loved ones and friends of the 239 passengers at this enormously painful time.