|First event||2000 Gangwon Province, Korea|
|Purpose||International Tourism Conference|
East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum was founded in Gangwon Province, Korea in 2000 in order to pursue for peace and prosperity through exchanges in diverse fields especially on tourism. Nine member countries from Northeast and Southeast Asian Provinces founded participated at the preliminary meeting in Seoul in September 1999 to form EATOF. It is the only international tourism association in East Asia, led by local governments. Currently, EATOF has 12 member provinces with the accession of Quảng Ninh Province in 2005 and Luang Prabang and Siem Riep in 2009.
Each member is playing following roles to achieve goals of EATOF:
- Exchange of information on tourism policy and tourism industry
- Development of joint programs which promote tourism in individual provinces and the region as a whole
- Training, education and exchange of personnel working in the tourism sector both private and public
- Other matters related to mutual cooperation in tourism
- 2000. 9.
After preliminary meeting, EATOF 2000 that is also called an inarguable meeting was held in Gangwon Province, Korea with participation of nine member provinces.
- 2006. 9
Quang Ninh Province in Vietnam became a new regular member, and then EATOF has consisted of ten member provinces.
- 2007. 9
At the EATOF 2007 in Chiang Mai Province agreed to establish EATOF Permanent Secretariat.
- 2008. 1
EATOF permanent secretariat has been established in Gangwon Province.
- 2009. 9.
Siem Reap in Cambodia and Luang Prabang in Laos became new regular members, and then EATOF has consisted of twelve member provinces.
|South Korea||Gangwon Province||Founding member|
|Indonesia||Yogyakarta Special Region||Founding member|
|Thailand||Chiang Mai||Founding member|
|Vietnam||Quảng Ninh Province||2005|
|EATOF General Assembly|
|1st||5–7 September 2000||South Korea||Gangwon Province|
|2nd||9–11 September 2001||Indonesia||Yogyakarta Special Region|
|3rd||22‒24 September 2002||Philippines||Cebu|
|4th||5–7 September 2004||Japan||Tottori|
|5th||2–4 September 2005||China||Jilin|
|6th||14–16 September 2006||Malaysia||Sarawak|
|7th||5–7 September 2007||Thailand||Chiang Mai|
|8th||21‒23 July 2008||Mongolia||Ulan Bator|
|9th||8–10 September 2009||South Korea||Gangwon Province|
|10th||2010||Vietnam||Quảng Ninh Province||EATOF 2010 - For the sustainable development in East Asia|
|11th||22‒25 November 2011||Philippines||Cebu||Celebrating 12 Years of Enduring Cooperation and Commitment|
|12th||28 November – 1 December 2012||Cambodia||Siem Reap Province||East Asia Optimizing Sustainable Green Tourism|
|13th||17–21 October 2013||Laos||Luang Prabang Province||Tourism, the Key to Sustainable Cultural Conservation|
|14th||4-6 September 2014||Malaysia||Kuching, Sarawak||Growing Regional Tourism Together|
- "East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum", additional text.