APEC Tourism Working Group
The APEC Tourism Working Group has been operating since June 1991. Its activities include (1) economic impact studies for traveling and tourism development within the APEC Region, (2) research on the promotion of cultural and historical heritage in the region, (3) testing on professional tourism standards in the region, (4) standardization of signs in the region for overseas visitors, (5) developing a tourism information database, (6) eliminating impediments to tourism promotion in the region, (7) facilitation of youth travel in the region, (8) studying the relationship between sustainable development and local communities, (9) development of environmentally-friendly accommodations, and (10) examination of the Asian currency crisis and related issues. The 14th meeting was held in Mexico in May 1999, and the 15th in the Philippines was held in the autumn of 1999.
Asia Maritime Forum
The Asia Maritime Forum has been convened annually since 1995 to allow Asian maritime authorities to discuss common policies and tasks within the region. The forum was started at the initiative of Japan in response to the increasingly important roles Asian countries are playing in the global maritime trade. The original participant nations / regions are Japan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei joined the 4th forum. At the 4th forum, held in Singapore in 1998, participating countries agreed to coordinate their approach to the WTO negotiations on liberalizing maritime trade. The 5th forum is scheduled for 1999 in China.