Since its establishment in 2002, TPO has been dedicated to promoting tourism exchanges and cooperation among the city governments in the Asia Pacific region. With a growing number of members, TPO has been exerting a significant impact on the world’s tourism market. As of today, there are 131 city governments and 54 private entities in 16 countries as the membership of TPO.
As the whole axis of the global economy has shifted on to Asia, it is a golden opportunity to boost tourism in the Asia Pacific region endowed with the potential for growth and abundant tourism resources.
TPO serves as an important platform for the interchanges and cooperation among the member cities in the Asia Pacific region. The close cooperative relations and mutual exchanges among the members of TPO are the main driving forces of TPO’s activities and creative initiatives. These factors also enable TPO to contribute the global tourism industry on the base of the Asia Pacific region.
On the basis of active support and cooperation of urban citizens in the Asia Pacific region, if we manage the beautiful nature and unique culture of the member cities as invaluable tourism resources, and endeavor to benefit every member city, it will surely make great progress not only in the development of tourism sector in the member cities but also in socio-cultural aspects, and thus will make TPO continue to grow into a more prestigious international organization.
TPO will strive to provide better services to the members and tourists and stay committed to contributing to the development of the tourism industry for the Asia Pacific cities and the prosperity and the peace in the region.
The outbreak of COVID-19, which is indeed a global disaster, has dealt a significant blow across the tourism industry including travel agencies, airlines, hotels, transport, MICE, festivals, theater, etc.
COVID-19 poses a challenge to the entire international community and is raising concerns that the industry may collapse as a whole. The pandemic will bring fundamental changes to the society and economy of countries, and the trend of contactless tourism will only intensify from the socioeconomic aspect.
The tourism industry will also have to swiftly adapt to innovative new technologies brought on by the 4th industrial revolution and the platform economy.
Going forward, I hope that TPO member cities will closely cooperate in the tourism sector, sharing information and policies to seek shared growth in the Asia Pacific tourism industry.
I extend my sincere gratitude and respect to everyone battling the COVID-19 pandemic all across the Asia-Pacific region.
As the tourism sector is increasingly centered toward small-scale contactless tourism, I believe we now have to devise strategies to effectively attract tourists such as building new smart tourism platforms, etc.
There is a Korean saying that goes “frog crouches before it leaps.” Although we are taking one step back at the moment, we will soon be taking two steps ahead toward a more dynamic tourism industry.
Jeonju city will strive to make sure that we leverage this opportunity to strengthen the resilience of the tourism sector. In a time of crisis, we desperately need a social alliance. As such, I look forward to further enhancing cooperation among TPO member cities and relevant institutions.
Hoping that there will soon come a day when we can exchange warm hugs and handshakes again, I wish everyone the best of luck and health.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you.
The pandemic caused by COVID 19 has tested everyone and every sector of the economy. The tourism sector was very badly impacted.
Health services in all countries had to respond effectively and with great sacrifice to bring this pandemic under control. We salute all the frontliners who had to sacrifice many things to ensure this happened. We still have to be very vigilant.
The basic precautions of face mask usage, social distancing and hand sanitizing or washing of hands are requisite. This cooperation is a formula for continued success for the tourism industry everywhere.
I am confident that conferences and projects of TPO will be able to bring a positive impact, especially for the tourism industry in the Asia Pacific Region.
I would like to end by wishing everyone thank you and hope you happiness and good health.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic that has emerged since the end of 2019 not only affects health but also the economy. The tourism industry is one of the sectors which has suffered quite a severe impact.
The Pariaman City Government has recognized the potential economic boost a strong tourism industry can deliver. Tourism powers economies and supports communities. In the future, Pariaman City will continue to strive and innovate to build a tourism industry and creative economy.
Let us work hand in hand to discuss strategies to revive the economy in our respective region, especially in the tourism sector. The role of TPO members in reviving and rebuilding the tourism sector will be very useful to be applied in their respective regions.
We hope the TPO can provide solutions in developing the tourism sector for cities in the Asia Pacific region. Let’s share experiences for a better future. We have the power to shape our future.