Commonwealth Tourism Ministers' Meeting 2004
The Government of Malaysia has been given the honour to host the 1st Commonwealth Tourism Ministers Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on the 18th to 21st March 2004. This Meeting is being endorsed and supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. It has also been endorsed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit held in Nigeria recently.
The Ministerial meeting will take place on 20th to 21st March 2004 and it will be preceded by Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on 18th to 19th March 2004.
The main objectives of the Ministerial Meeting, among other things, is to address issues related to the travel and tourism industry and in the promotion of Intra-Commonwealth travel.
The Ministerial Meeting will therefore provide an excellent opportunity in bringing together tourism ministers from member countries and other tourism players to share their experience, exchange ideas and discuss ways to establish cooperation in the field of tourism.
The 1st Commonwealth Tourism Ministers Meeting will certainly give the necessary impetus towards building a strong foundation for the development of the tourism industry among the Commonwealth members.
Malaysia is proud to be the host nation for the 2004 Commonwealth Tourism Ministers' Meeting. Golf, in line with its status as a prestigious sport, welcomes the arrival of the delegates from the Commonwealth to Malaysia. Featured on the map are continents of the various participating Commonwealth nations, while green reflects Malaysia's rich and fertile natural resources that have been preserved despite the changes brought about by rapid development.
The main agenda featured at this Commonwealth conference is eco-tourism. The pristine white beaches of Malaysia promise a breathtaking view and an unforgettable experience for anyone. Holiday islands that have come to be known for their beautiful natural surroundings, untouched by development, are also featured. Other popular tourist destinations include the well preserved tropical rainforests, a legacy for future generations.
The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism, Malaysia is the leading force in the efforts to introduce Malaysia's treasure trove of culture, arts and handicrafts, flora and fauna. These efforts are enhanced by the multiracial people of Malaysia who appreciate the respect the country's unique cultural diversity. Malaysians are proud of their multiracial community and together they strive to preserve the unity that has formed the foundation of growth in this country.