The 17th Inter-Island Tourism Policy Forum (ITOP) kicked off in Haikou on Wednesday, 6th November. 
Over 100 experts, ambassadors, and forum members from 11 countries including China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Sweden, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Cambodia, Canada, Mexico, USA, and Thailand attended the forum.
Themed as “Globalization and Localization – the opportunity and challenge of Inter-Island Tourism Development,” the forum is held to discuss the impacts of globalization and localization on the development of inter-island tourism. 
A friendship treaty was signed between Hainan and Penang, Malaysia at the forum. 
The Inter-Islands Tourism Policy Forum (ITOP) was jointly launched in 1997 by the provincial governments of Bali, Indonesia, Hainan, China, Okinawa, Japan and Jeju, South Korea. 
The Forum is aimed at exploring the world tourism market jointly by bringing together islands that have cultural sympathy and similar tourism structure and policy. 
The 17th ITOP will be held in Haikou from 6th to 8th November.

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