The Asia-Pacific City Summit 2021 (APCS2021) was held completely online in Fukuoka, Japan from October 26-27 with the participation of leaders from 28 cities in 14 countries in the region. Chairman of Da Nang City People's Committee Le Trung Chinh attended the opening session and Vice Chairman of Da Nang City People's Committee Tran Phuoc Son attended and made a speech at the parallel session: "Sustainable Tourism in the New Era".
The Mayor of Fukuoka and the Regional Representative from UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific take a photo with representatives from participating cities
The theme of APCS2021 was “The Potential of Cities in the Face of Crisis” with four parallel sessions presented throughout the Summit: Innovation for Improving Citizens’ Living Conditions to Leave No One Behind; Towards Achieving a Carbon Neutral Society; New Trends in Urban Policy Development Responding to the New Normal; and Sustainable Tourism in the New Era. Speaking at the opening session Mr. Takashima Soichiro, Mayor of Fukuoka, stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great change worldwide and has had a great impact on various aspects of citizens’ lives. Therefore, cities need to consider this crisis as an opportunity to create a better future and make the best use of their abilities and powers to usher in a new era.
At the parallel session with the theme “Sustainable Tourism in the New Era”, Vice Chairman of Da Nang City People's Committee Tran Phuoc Son emphasized that, “Da Nang has chosen tourism development as one of the five breakthrough directions for socioeconomic development of the City. Therefore, Da Nang has identified tourism development goals in terms of improving quality and sustainability with the following policies and solutions: Developing tourism in sync with urban development and other economic sectors and ensures natural resources and landscape conservation; Enhancing technology applications in tourism management and developing a smart tourism ecosystem; Ensuring the development and management of infrastructure in harmony with the preservation of cultural and historical values and landscape architecture; Facilitating businesses and local residents benefitting from tourism employment opportunities and promoting the manners of a positive and friendly tourism community; Offerring teaching and professional training by experts in tourism business and management for specialized tourism human resources; Fostering coordination between localities and the business community in order to develop a regional tourism supply chain and inter-regional tourism products based local strengths and tourism resources while increasing regional tourism competitiveness; and Learning from international experience in sustainable development to concretize tourism policies and guidelines, aiming towards green growth and international integration”.
The Asia-Pacific City Summit is an international conference of cities advocated by Fukuoka in 1994. It is a forum for participants to share knowledge, define common agendas, develop common solutions, strengthen governance over cities, and ensure sustainable development. 12 Mayors Conferences have been held previously to discuss solutions to urban problems in the Asia-Pacific region. Over the past 30 years of the City Summit, urbanization in the Asia-Pacific region has been accelerating and solving urban problems will contribute to solving global issues in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals with the target year 2030.