This paper reviews current regional tourism development planning policies and evaluations made by a central government review committee. A mail survey was also conducted to reflect the opinions of specialists directly involved in the formulation of regional tourism development plans. From the review of evaluations and analysis of survey results, several problems associated with regional tourism development planning policies were identified. Those problems include: 1) a narrow perspective in the planning approach, 2) a lack of monitoring and continuity in the planning process, 3) poor support systems for the formulation of plans, and 4) poor analysis in support of investment plans. Several strategies are suggested for improving regional tourism development planning policies. Those include: 1) enlargement of planning boundaries, 2) establishment of monitoring system, 3) a mandatory requirement for the collection of basic tourism statistics, and 4) an increase of budget and time for the formulation of plans.