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Motorist Border Crossing and Road Tourism Development in ASEAN: Issues and Initiatives for Seamless Travel

@ Asia-Pacific Journal of Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism

Online ISSN: 2710-6519

 Frederic Bouchon, Victor Wee Eng Lye & Sonia Lim Ern Yi 

Abstract:

The development of a road integration and land mobility within ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states can contribute towards a more competitive and resilient ASEAN. Better road connectivity would bring about greater efficiency and competitiveness of the production networks and trade flows as well as narrow the development gaps among ASEAN countries. However, the implementation amongst member states is not consistent. The purpose of this study is to investigate the extent to which the mutual recognition of domestic driving license issued by ASEAN countries has been adopted, to identify the obstacles to its full adoption, and to investigate the constraints to vehicles crossing national borders within ASEAN. The study proposes recommendations that could facilitate mobility and increase the potential of drive and overland tourism within the region. A qualitative approach was adopted using focus group interviews and secondary data to conduct analyses. Findings show that there are various constraining factors and it depends on the determination and commitment of each ASEAN member to ensure road connectivity achieves a deeper regional integration. 

Keywords: ASEAN, regional integration, road mobility, cross-border regulations, motorist tourism, transport