The ASEAN Tourism Ministers (ATM) signed the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on Tourism Professionals (TP) on 9 November 2012. This instrument aims to facilitate the mobility of tourism professionals within the region. In 2010, the ATM endorsed the MRA Follow-up Implementation Requirements which includes the Establishment of aRegional Secretariat that would promote implementation of the MRA-TP by providing support for its operations and management as well as implementation of related projects and activities.
Currently, preparatory work for the Regional Secretariat establishment are being managed by the ICT and Tourism Division of the ASEAN Secretariat. These include (1) monitoring the progress of signing of the Agreement for the establishment of the Regional Secretariat, (2) development of the ASEAN Tourism Professionals Registration System (ATPRS), (3) provision of support in the preparation of the convening of an International Conference in mid-2016, and (4) oversight functions to ensure proper utilisation of the toolboxes for tourism labour divisions, including training of Master Trainers and Master Assessors. In order to facilitate the transfer from the ICT & Tourism Division to the Regional Secretariat, an Ad-Hoc team is currently in place to implement these tasks.
This project supports the establishment of the Regional Secretariat through provision of funding for the Ad-hoc Team. It also provided partial support for undertaking the International Conference on MRA-TP, which took place in Jakarta Indonesia in August 2016.