ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2022, in Preah Sihanoukville, Cambodia, from 16th – 22nd January 2022 under the theme “ASEAN – A Community of Peace and Shared Future” recognised fourteen tourism businesses and stakeholders in the region and were awarded ASEAN Tourism Standard Awards. The official announcement and awards ceremony held yesterday, 19 January 2022 was attended by Datuk Wira Dr. Noor Zari Hamat, Secretary General, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia.
ASEAN member countries are pleased to present four categories of ASEAN Tourism Standard Awards, including the 8th ASEAN Green Hotel Award, 3rd ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award, 3rd ASEAN MICE Venue Award (Meeting Room), and 3rd ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award, at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 to recognise and honour outstanding ASEAN tourism businesses and destinations that comply with the above ASEAN Tourism Standards.
In accordance with the ASEAN Strategic Tourism Plan 2016-2025, the ASEAN Tourism Standard is also a standard for all ASEAN member countries, and regional tourism industry players to use as a guide in providing high-quality and excellent service delivery to tourists which aims to make ASEAN an excellent destination on a global scale.
The ten ASEAN member countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam, have deemed tourism service standardisation essential for improving the quality of tourism products and services and promoting responsible management among tourism businesses and stakeholders in the region.
ASEAN has created eight tourism standards under the auspices of ASEAN National Tourism Organizations which are:
1. ASEAN Green Hotel Standard
2. ASEAN Spa Services Standard
3. ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard
4. ASEAN Community Based Tourism Standard
5. ASEAN Homestay Standard
6. ASEAN Public Toilet Standard
7. ASEAN MICE Venue Standard
8. ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Standard
The awardees of the ASEAN Tourism Awards 2022 are as follows:
ASEAN GREEN HOTEL STANDARD (2022-2024)
1. Mandarin Oriental (Kuala Lumpur)
2. The Datai Langkawi (Kedah)
3. Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa (Pulau Pinang)
4. Golden Sand Resort by Shangri-La (Pulau Pinang)
ASEAN CLEAN TOURIST CITY STANDARD (2022-2024)
5. Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (Pulau Pinang)
6. Majlis Perbandaran Muar (Johor)
7. Majlis Pembandaran Langkawi Bandaraya Pelancongan (Kedah)
ASEAN MICE VENUE STANDARD (MEETING ROOM) (2022-2024)
8. Four Points by Sheraton Puchong (Selangor)
9. Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson (Negeri Sembilan)
10. Le Meridien Hotel Putrajaya (Putrajaya)
11. Doubletree by Hilton Melaka (Melaka)
12. Shangri-la Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa (Pulau Pinang)
ASEAN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM STANDARD (2022-2023)
13. Urban Category – The Habitat Penang Hill (Pulau Pinang)
14. Rural Category – Walai Penyu Conservation Park, Libaran (Sabah)