As a consequence of the rapid growth of tourism,
the need to develop and train the required human resources in various segments
of the tourism industry has been widely recognized.
Closer cooperation among
countries of the region is one way to effectively overcome some constraints
related to human resources development, since individual countries possess
certain strengths and expertise that could be usefully shared with other
The Asia-Pacific region has seen increasing need for a platform to exchange
information and expertise on human resources development for the tourism
sector since early 1990s. A regional network to strengthen institutional
links among tourism training institutes was considered the most practical
mechanism to meet this demand.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission
for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) established the Network of Asia-Pacific
Education and Training Institutes in Tourism (APETIT) in 1997 to promote
regional cooperation in human resources development for tourism. Currently,
261 education and training institutes and national tourism organizations
in 45 countries and areas are participating in its activities.