The Jakarta Post
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region is at a crossroads. With an average growth rate of more than 6 percent last year, the region has achieved remarkable economic success recently and now accounts for 10 percent of combined Asian GDP. What about its tourist industry?
With impressive economic growth, plenty of resources and top tourist attractions, today the ASEAN is in a better position to celebrate this year’s World Tourism Day with joy and pride as its tourist industry has been enjoying double-digit growth in recent years.
ASEAN, the 10 nations of which reflect a world of wonders and diversity, has numerous world-class tourist destinations. With tourist paradises like Bali, Phuket, Langkawi and Singapore, historic monuments like Borobudur, Prambanan and Angkor Wat, the modern Petronas twin towers, pristine beaches and friendly people, ASEAN is indee...