SANYA, China, December 5, 2018 / PRNewswire / – On November 23, the Forum on Cooperation of Tourist Cities in the Region of the Lancang-Mekong River 2018 (Sanya Forum of Lancang-Mekong River) opened in the city of Sanya, South China’s Hainan Island. Tourist Cities Cooperation) under the thematic title “Lancang-Mekong open and innovative region – for future mutually beneficial cooperation.” The event was organized by the People’s Government of Sanya, together with the City Committee for the Development of the Tourism Industry and the local Department of Foreign Relations and Chinese Affairs Living Abroad, under the leadership of the Hainan Provincial Department of Tourism, Culture, Television and Radio Broadcasting and Sports, the Office of Commerce prov. Hainan, as well as the Hainan Department of External Relations and Affairs of the Chinese living abroad. The forum was attended by over 200 guests, which included delegations from 18 cities in China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as representatives of foreign consular agencies and experts from the tourism industry from countries where the Mekong flowed.

Member of the Standing Committee of the Party Committee of the CPC in prov. Hainan and Tong Daochi, secretary of the CPC City Committee in Sanya, in his welcoming speech at the opening ceremony of the forum, noted that Sanya in recent years has benefited greatly from cooperation with cities located along the Lancang-Mekong stream covering planning and introduction of new air routes, organization of tourism, cultural exchanges and bilateral trade. He also added that within the framework of the forum the city authorities are planning to discuss prospects and opportunities for further deepening partnership with these cities in order to create a platform for cultural, educational, agricultural and tourist exchange.

According to the Consul General of the Kingdom of Thailand in Guangzhou, Vasin Ruangpratipsaeng, who participated in the two previous sessions of the event, the forum provides opportunities for a very constructive dialogue that has already led to increased cooperation between cities in the Mekong region. He noted that this year’s event is of particular importance and timeliness against the background of high rates of economic development and further optimization of the openness policy both in China and in neighboring countries, as well as the implementation of the Chinese initiative “One Belt, One Way” and Thailand’s plans for Eastern Economic Corridor and Thailand 4.0. All of these initiatives have the potential to bring new benefits to the participating countries from tourism cooperation.

Deputy Director of the Office of Information, Culture and Tourism of the Lao province of Luang Prabang Soudaphone Khomthavong stressed that the forum

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