Regional Department for Asia and the Pacific

Regional Department for Asia and the Pacific


Educational Institutions

Center for Advanced Tourism Studies, Hokkaido University

Center for Advanced Tourism Studies, Hokkaido UniversityThe Center for Advanced Tourism Studies contributes to “Creation of 21st Century Tourism” through the comprehensive and cutting-edge research on topics such as “Next-Generation Tourism” and “Tourism Innovation”. The Center carries out investigations and research related to tourism creation and drives joint research in tourism-related fields. It also cooperates in advanced education, establish networks between research institutions and researchers, and carry out a range of industry-university and social collaborations. 

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Institute for Tourism Studies

Institute for Tourism Studies

Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), established in 1995, is a public institution of higher education that falls under the governance of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, People’s Republic of China. IFT offers degree and professional programmes in a wide range of tourism-related disciplines such as hospitality, tourism business, heritage, events, retail and marketing, leisure and entertainment, sports and recreation, creative and cultural studies, and culinary arts. IFT also delivers various programmes at the executive level in partnership with leading tourism schools in the world. The Institute is entrusted by the local authorities to conduct policy level research related to tourism planning and development.

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Kyung Hee University

Kyung Hee University

Kyung Hee University´s degree programs have been designed to provide a broad but thorough study of tourism and tourism-related disciplines while allowing students to pursue their own interest in more specialized aspects of the subject. The department enjoys a domestic and international reputation as a centre for the study of hospitality and tourism.

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Shanghai Institute of Tourism

Shanghai Institute of Tourism

Shanghai Institute of Tourism (SIT) was incorporated with Urban Science and Tourism College of Shanghai Normal University in 2003 and now offers multiple levels of study, from associate degree programmes to PHD programmes, as well as various in-service training options. SIT´s focus is on being internationally-oriented and industry-based, as well as concentrating on imporiving teaching quality and education capabilities by establishing mutual and beneficial industry relationships.

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has recently been ranked no. 2 in the world among tourism and hospitality academic institutions. The University continues to raise the bar in tourism and hospitality education moving from 4th place in 2005 to 2nd in 2009, further enhancing its reputation as a world leader in hospitality and tourism education. 

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The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland

The School of Tourism offers an extensive range of programs and courses covering undergraduate, postgraduate and executive study. These programs and courses are professionally-oriented and academically rigorous and aimed at meeting the needs of students seeking rewarding careers in areas such as tourism, hotel, leisure and event management. The School of Tourism has an active research program. The School offers a supportive research environment that provides meaningful opportunities for students to make a significant contribution to tourism research, through postgraduate research programs.

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Toyo University

Toyo University

Toyo University began as a private "Philosophy Academy" founded by Dr. Enryo Inoue in 1887. With approximately 30,000 students, it has become a large-scale general university consisting of 11 faculties with 44 departments, 10 graduate schools offering 32 majors, and the Law School. In each and every one of its faculties and graduate schools, the educational goals and philosophies relating to the collective cultivation of individual minds are established based upon the spirit with which the university was founded. 

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Regional Tourism and Tourism-related Organizations

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Tourism Charter)

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Tourism Charter)

APEC Tourism Charter constitutes the basis for APEC tourism cooperation. The Charter reflects a collective commitment to improve the economic, cultural, social and environmental well-being of APEC member economies through tourism.  It establishes four key policy goals and an agreed process for realizing sustainable development and enhancement of quality and quantity of tourism.

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Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Association of Southeast Asian NationsAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), established in 1967,  is a geo-political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.). ASEAN aims to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development among its members as well as protecting regional peace and stability, promoting collaboration, providing mutual assistance, promoting regional studies and working in close collaboration with international and regional organizations.

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Chimelong Group Co., Ltd

Chimelong Group Co., LtdFounded in 1989, Chimelong Group Co., Ltd is a conglomerate that owns and operates theme parks, luxury hotels, convention centres, high-end restaurants and leisure entertainment businesses. It is the leading enterprise in China’s tourism industry. Guangzhou Chimelong Tourist Resort is Chimelong Group’s first World-class Comprehensive resort. The resort encompasses several of China’s top theme parks and hotels including Chimelong Paradise, Chimelong International Circus, Chimelong Water Park, Chimelong Safari Park, Chimelong Birds Park and Chimelong Hotel. It has attracted more than ten million visitors annually for 6 consecutive years.

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China Chamber of Tourism

China Chamber of TourismChina Chamber of Tourism was established in 2002 in Beijing and was initiated by the private sector in China including national famous tourism spots, airlines, chain restaurants and hotels, travel agency and recreational enterprises. The chamber serves as the bridge between government and non-public tourism enterprises and provides assistance on building network and connection. It aims at unifying the private section in China, Hong Kong and Macao, integrating national tourism resource, facilitating communication between Chinese enterprises and international community, and promoting sound development of the tourism industry as a whole.

East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum

East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism ForumEast Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum was founded in Gangwon Province, Korea in 2000 in order to pursue for peace and prosperity through exchanges in diverse fields, and ten member provinces are currently participating. Additionally, it is the only one international tourism association in East Asia, led by local governments.

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Global Tourism Economy Research Centre

Global Tourism Economy Research CentreGlobal Tourism Economy Research Centre, inaugurated in October 2011, is an independent, non-profit international research organization with a special purview on tourism & travel development in Asia as it relates and contributes to positive and sustainable global economic growth. Attuned to what is happening in the region through research and exchange platforms, the Center will openly share with government bodies and travel and tourism-related stakeholders how Asia’s development will positively impact the globe. The Centre’s unique and prescient insight on the tourism economy and its progressive and unique approach to aggregating and analyzing research from global authoritative bodies seeks to deliver solutions and advance ideas that will lead to the sustainable development of travel and tourism, in the region and around the world. 

Japan Association of Travel Agents

Japan Association of Travel AgentsJapan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) seeks to improve the quality of services provided to travelers to and from Japan. It contributes to the development of the travel and tourism industry through a variety of activities including disseminating information, encouraging cooperation among members, and promoting the development of businesses and legislation that will benefit the membership and the industry at large.

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Japan Travel and Tourism Association

Japan Travel and Tourism AssociationJapan Travel and Tourism Association (JTTA), serving as a national center for Japanese tourism, is engaged in supporting travel and tourism to promote Japan as a tourism-oriented country. The Association contributes to promoting the growth of regional economies and the tourism industry, enriching Japanese citizen’s lives and culture, and encouraging international goodwill by creating attractive domestic sightseeing destinations, organizing wide-area tourism routes and energizing exchanges through tourism.

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Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Mekong Tourism Coordinating OfficeMekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) was set up with seed funding from the GMS Tourism Working Group which represents the six national governments in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The MTCO´s two primary functions are to co-ordinate sustainable pro-poor tourism development projects in the Melong in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, and to promote the Mekong region as a single travel and tourism destination.

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Monitoring Centre for UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories

Monitoring Centre for UNWTO Sustainable Tourism ObservatoriesMonitoring Centre is a specialized organization in sustainable tourism monitoring under the auspices of UNWTO. And it is under the overall responsibility of Sun Yat-Sen University in administrative and legal terms. The Centre was established in 2010 to facilitate the establishing, managing and monitoring process of the existing and future sustainable tourism observatories in China and possibly in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Pacific Asia Travel Association

Pacific Asia Travel AssociationPacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. In partnership with PATA’s private and public sector members, they enhance the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within the region.

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South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation

South Asia Association for Regional CooperationSAARC´s member consists of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It aims to facilitate tourism in the region through Technical Committee on Tourism created in 1991.

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Tourism Promotion Organization for Asian-Pacific Cities

Tourism Promotion Organization for Asian-Pacific CitiesTPO is a network among the cities in the Asian Pacific region, focusing on tourism - one of the most important urban functions. As the centre of marketing, information, and human networking among member cities, TPO plays a key role to help Asian Pacific cities lead the tourism industry. 

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UnionPay International

UnionPay InternationalUnionPay International (UPI) is a subsidiary of China UnionPay focused on the growth and support of UnionPay’s global business. In partnership with more than 1000 institutions worldwide, UnionPay International has enabled card acceptance in 160 countries and regions with issuance in more than 40 countries and regions. UnionPay International provides high quality, cost effective and secure cross-border payment services to the world’s largest cardholder base and ensures convenient local services to a growing number of global UnionPay cardholders and merchants. 

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World Tourism Cities Federation

World Tourism Cities FederationWorld Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) is a non-governmental, non-profit international tourism organization voluntarily formed by well-known tourism cities and tourism-related institutions around the world under the initiative of Beijing. Established on 15 September 2012 in Beijing, WTCF has its headquarters and secretariat based in Beijing, and takes Chinese and English as its official languages. WTCF aims to increase the appeal of tourism cities as international destinations, enhance the quality and efficiency of their services, boost the brand image of tourism cities and promote balanced economic and social progress in tourism cities and regions. 

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