Around 100 governmental and private sector delegates from ASEAN members, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, attended the 5th ASEAN Tourism Investment Forum (ATIF) which got underway at Lombok island, Indonesia on November 7.

Firmansyah Rahim, Director General of Indonesia’s Cultural and Tourism Development Department, said that the two-day event will have a business-to-business session to help member countries promote their tourist destinations and attract investment to boost tourism in ASEAN.

According to Eddy Krismeidi Soemawilaga, an officer at ASEAN secretariat infrastructure division, ATIF will stimulate tourism industries in ASEAN member countries. The countries have shown remarkable growth, with the number of international tourists reaching 81 million in 2011, a year-on-year increase of 10.14 percent.-VNA