Forum discusses culture, tourism integration in Asia: CDAC
Culture is the soul of a country and the spiritual force that promotes human civilization and social development, while tourism is a crucial channel for countries and cultures to learn from each other, and an important way to promote economic development and state-to-state exchanges.
Luo Shugang, China's Minister of Culture and Tourism, made the remarks at a forum on the sidelines of the ongoing Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC) in Beijing. 
Over 200 guests from countries and international organizations in Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania are attending the forum.
Luo noted that civilizations have become colorful through exchanges and enriched through mutual learning. He expressed the hope that Asian countries and regions will strengthen cultural and tourism integration, resource development, communication, cooperation and innovation in a bid to make a greater contribution to the development of world civilization and build a global community of shared future.
Media center of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, May 15, 2019. /VCG Photo

Media center of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, May 15, 2019. /VCG Photo

Phinij Jarusombat, president of the Thai-Chinese Cultural and Relationship Council, said strengthening cultural and tourism cooperation between China and Thailand is of great significance to building an Asian community of shared future. 
Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism of Cambodia, also expressed his confidence in being able to better disseminate the culture, traditions, and relationships between the two peoples.
During the forum, the China Tourism Academy released a report on Asia tourism cooperation and exchanges, which reviewed the development process of tourism cooperation and exchanges in Asia and put forward practical suggestions.
The CDAC, under the theme of "exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations and a community with a shared future," runs about a week from May 15 to 22 in Beijing.
(Cover: Guests speak at the “culture, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges” parallel thematic forum at the sidelines of the CDAC in Beijing, May 15, 2019. /CGTN Photo)