The annual ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Solutions Expo (ASTSE) will go online this year, kicking off on November 5 with a two-day free-to-access programme.
Usually hosted in Laos, the event is recognised as South-east Asia’s leading specialised tourism trade fair that centres on sustainable tourism and hospitality practices.
This year’s virtual edition, powered by the vFairs platform, will see 20 exhibitors from around the region and beyond showcasing their products, services, and initiatives. They represent several categories relevant to the theme of the event: eco-friendly hotel supplies, plastic alternatives, water and energy conservation systems, as well as initiatives and projects.
A highlight of the ASTSE is the symposia, which gathers renowned thinkers to discuss topics that matter greatly to the regional tourism industry.
Four live panel discussions will be conducted on November 5: The Future of Tourism in ASEAN, Crisis Communications for Tourism Destinations, Using Technology to Improve Sustainability in Hospitality Businesses, and How Can We Come Together to Support Tourism-Dependent Communities?
In addition, a workshop entitled Reducing Plastic Waste While Keeping Your Guests Safe will be held on the same day.
On the second day of the expo, visitors can attend the panel discussion, What to Do Now to Build Back Stronger and Greener?, as well as the workshop Cutting Operation Costs through Resource Efficiency.
There will also be several on-demand webinars that visitors can access any time during the expo.
ASTSE offers a face-to-face event opportunity for tourism industry professionals based in Laos. A physical expo will be held on November 6 to 7 at the Crowne Plaza Vientiane, featuring an additional 35 exhibitors, panel discussions, and a networking event.
ASTSE is organised by the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, with support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the German Development Cooperation.