Asian Culture and Tourism Exhibition (ACTE), within the framework of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, was held at the National Agricultural Exhibition Center in Beijing from 16 to 18 May 2019. Mr. Luo Shugang, Minister of Culture and Tourism of China, Mr. Bosengkham Vongdara, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism of Lao PDR, Mr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism of Cambodia, Madam Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Art of Cambodia, Mr. Phinij Jarusombat, former Prime Minister of Thailand and Chairman of Thailand-China Committee of Cultural Promotion, Mr. Aminuddin Ihsan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei and more than 400 delegates from Asian countries attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition on 16 May.
ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) made a successful presence at ACTE with the support of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Beijing Sunny International Communications Ltd., the organizer and operator of ACTE respectively. ACC participated in all major events of ACTE including the opening ceremony, Asian Travel Operator Conference and China Culture and Tourism Promotion Night. The ACC pamphlets and the documentary Hi! ASEAN, which was jointly produced by ACC and Beijing TV, helped promote the colorful features and tourist destinations of ASEAN countries. The interactive prize-giving quiz on ASEAN knowledge at ACC’s pavilion attracted many visitors during the three-day exhibition. ACC delegates also exchanged views with the other exhibitors and visitors on international partnership and briefed them on the mandate and role of ACC.
ACTE was the first specialized culture and tourism fair organized by the newly-founded Culture and Tourism Ministry of China and won wide support from countries across Asia. Cambodia and Lao PDR were the Guest Countries of ACTE. Among the exhibitors were governmental organizations, culture and tourism enterprises, arts and academic institutes, cultural heritage regulators, media groups, etc. This Exhibition fully demonstrated the latest developments and achievements of the culture and tourism industry in Asia.