The 13th BIMP-EAGA Joint Tourism Development (JTD) Cluster Meeting was held on 26 – 27th August 2016 at Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The meeting was attended by delegates from all BIMP-EAGA Member Countries, BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Center (BIMP-FC), and Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Highlighted are the four (4) main initiatives in the BIMP-EAGA JTD Cluster namely: (i) Community Based Eco-Tourism; (ii) World Heritage Sites & National Parks; (iii) Cruise Tourism; and (iv) Joint Promotion and Marketing.
The Philippines represented by DOT Mindanao office pushed for the following connectivity:
b) Kota Kinabalu/Puerto Princessa/Cebu
Cruise Tourism and Farm Tourism are the next major projects pushed.
The post meeting also provided opportunities for knowledge exchange on ecotourism namely mangroove visit, bear and crocodile park tours.