1) ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement -Tourism Professionals


Presenter by Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Malaysia.

Background: MRA-TP is a program include ASEAN countries to increase workforce competency in tourism industry of ASEAN region.


  • To create awareness and understanding of MRA-TP among the tourist guide in ASEAN members States.
  • Competencies and quality among tourist guide in the region is needed.
  • To exchange information on best practices in competency based on education and training.
  • To encourage competency among tourist guide towards professional tourism practitioner.

2) Tourist Guide Professionalism at Pusat Pelancongan Malaysia (Matic), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Malaysia Tourist Information Center)

Background: A professional tourist guide  is the key of  success in tourism industry


  • To update the latest information of MRA-TP.
  • To create awareness of professionalism among tourist guides in ASEAN

Member States.

  • To discuss issue and challenges among the tourist guide.
  • The important of being a professional tourist guide to increase professionalism as a tourist guide.

3Forum on ASEAN  Tourist Guide Professionalism at

Malaysia Tourist Information Center (Matic), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Feb 27th 2017

Objectives :

  • To discuss the challenges among tourist guide in ASEAN Member States(AMS)
  • To strengthen the standards and competencies among tourist guide in (AMS)

6 countries have attended –Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore and Philippines.

ASEAN Japan Centre (AJC) have given support to be moderator and facilitate the event.

This is initiative by SEATGA member in Malaysia as follow up after the Japan exchange program year 2016.

Panel Discussion

International delegates from four countries,

  1. Erwin Romero Valenzuela, Philippine (SEATGA Vice President)
  2. U Ye Myat Tun, Myanmar (SEATGA Treasurer)
  3. Mr Sang Putu Subaya, SH.MH, Indonesia (SEATGA Executive Board Member)
  4. Ms Naoko Yamada, Japan. (ASEAN Japan Centre)

They attended ASEAN Japan Tourist Guides Exchange Programme (Japan) in December 2016 had share out their knowledge of interpretation skill to all the participants from four countries during the dialogue session.  The discussion about the issues, challenges, concernsproblems, recommendation and solutions of tourist guides. They had a great discussion.

On 27th February 2017, celebrating International Tourist Guide Day with tourist guides from ASEAN Member States.