On Tuesday, the Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) officially launched in Bangkok, Thailand.
An inauguration and launch ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) in Bangkok. The Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) was officially announced as open for business by Director General of the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) Dr. Nalikatibhag Sangsnit. DASTA will serve as AEN headquarters until 2017.
The Asian Ecotourism Network will strive to connect those working in ecotourism in regions across Asia by creating opportunities for them to work together.
“It will provide more networking and business opportunities, significant information, educational materials and networking prospects to both small and large organizations within Asia.” – Masaru Takayama, Founding Chair of AEN & Executive Director, Japan Ecolodge Association
Founding member nations of the Asian Ecotourism Network include Mongolia, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Australia, Bangladesh, South Korea, Nepal, the Philippines, Laos, India, and Pakistan.
The Asian Ecotourism Network will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, June 3. The AEN will start by analyzing the current state of ecotourism in the member nations and then determine how to become a platform for the ecotourism sector in Asia.
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