International tourists from a cruise ship visit Da Nang. (Source: VNA)

Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) - The implementation of the Mutual Recognition Agreement on Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP) in ASEAN is an important step to boost Vietnam’s tourism quality, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Ha Van Sieu, Deputy Head of the VNAT, said in order to take advantage of the MRA-TP and the tourism integration in ASEAN, management agencies, tourism companies and training establishments will have to improve their capability as well as have policies of drawing competent employees.

In preparations for the establishment of the ASEAN Community, ASEAN countries have signed 8 Mutually Recognition Agreements, including the one in tourism, with the goal of facilitating the mobility of skilled workers in the region, thus promoting trade and investment.

The ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Once formed, the ASEAN Community will create a market of more than 600 million people with combined GDP of more than 2 trillion USD.-VNA