Central city set for aviation forum hinh anh 1Deputy director of the Da Nang Tourism department Nguyen Xuan Binh introduces the 16th annual Routes Asia Development Forum 2022 at a press conference in Da Nang. (Photo: VNS/VNA)

Da Nang (VNS/VNA) — Representatives of 71 airlines and 820 participants have registered to join the 16th annual Routes Asia Development Forum 2022 on June 4-9, according to Thomas Atkinson of Informa Routes, the event organiser.

He said the forum would mark the restart of air services and tourism after closure due to the pandemic, and Da Nang was selected as the event host for its logistics, conference venue and tourism experiences.

The annual event will offer airlines, airports and tourism authorities a platform to boost cooperative relationships, set up new routes and expand aviation networks, driving international tourism and aviation activities while connecting Da Nang with regional and global air transport networks.

In the past decades, aviation and tourism have been two key industries helping boost Da Nang’s economic growth.

The expansion of international air routes will create a driving force to help the city recover from the pandemic, said the director of the city’s tourism department Truong Thi Hong Hanh.

A series of exhibitions and conferences on air service and airport facilities will be organised at the six-day forum with 110 airlines and 200 airports from Asia, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Vietnam.

A workshop will be hosted at the event, and around 1,000 business matching events will also go ahead, said deputy head of the forum organising committee Nguyen Xuan Binh.

Binh, who is vice director of Da Nang’s tourism department, also said the city wanted to send a positive message to world travellers, calling tourists to the central coastal hub for an extended vacation on pristine beachfront resorts./.