Tourism ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific Rim countries meeting in Lima this past week have agreed to work together to double the flow of tourists by 2025, to 800 million per year.
The APEC agenda includes increasing flight connections and facilitting greater access to destinations. Mexico’s representatives indicated that there is also a direct correlation between lifting the need for entry visas and an increase in tourism.
Discussions focused principally on sustainable tourism, and the need for policies to involve academic research to improve practices, as well as competitiveness among small business operators involved in the travel industry.
Tourism in Asia Pacific Rim countries generates $1.2 trillion per year and has created 48 million direct jobs.