On Thursday 21st August 014, the Angsana Laguna Phuket hosted the 18th Inter-Islands Tourism Policy Form (ITOP Forum). The forum aims to encourage the 11 participating countries to exchange visions, capabilities and readiness towards marine tourism.
Forum host, Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut, said topics discussed amongst the representatives of the 11 countries at the meeting included sustainable marine tourism, marine resources management, marine transportation and marine rescue operation. Moreover, the information regarding economy, culture, disaster and history are shared for common benefits.
The 11 member islands/countries are: Jeju/Korea, Hainan/China, Okinawa/Japan, Bali/Indonesia, Southern Province/Sri Lanka, Hawaii/USA, Canary Island/Spain, Zanzibar/Tanzania, Cebu/Philippines, Penang/Malaysia and Phuket/Thailand.