Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - All eyes are on tourism sector

All eyes are on tourism sector

All eyes are on tourism sector

This is a very big event for our country ... we want to show the world that Cambodia has plenty of potential

CAMBODIA will be at centre stage this the weekend, as the ASEAN Tourism Forum kicks off tomorrow in Phnom Penh.

Ministers of tourism from the ten ASEAN nations together with numerous key sector players are expected to attend the January 15 to 21 forum, which aims to strengthen the regional bloc’s tourism efforts.
“This is a very big event for our country,” said Ministry of Tourism secretary of state So Mara.

“We want to show the world that Cambodia has plenty of potential and is very powerful, in order to succeed in the tourism sector.”

The ATF – which is held annually and is in its 30th year – aims to promote ASEAN as a tourism destination, as well as improve links between the members, he said.

Along with the ministers, counterparts from countries such as China, Japan, Korea and India are expected to be in attendance.

Officials view Cambodia’s tourist industry, which saw 16 percent growth in terms of visitor numbers in 2010, as one of the four pillars of the Cambodian economy.

“If we talk about tourism, it plays a very important role [economically] because it can create more jobs for people in the ASEAN region,” said So Mara.

He added demand for travel to ASEAN would continue to grow, a fact showcased by the increased levels of interest buyers of tourism products were showing ahead of the ATF.

Cambodian Association of Travel Agents president Ang Kim Eang said the ATF was a chance to strengthen cooperation throughout the nations which make up ASEAN, as well an opportunity to increase awareness of the region as a highly competitive destination.

“It is very important to promote ASEAN tourism together, as a region,” he said.

One goal for the forum was to encourage visitors to one country to travel throughout the bloc, he said.

A series of events and meetings are scheduled for the capital-based forum and will be held at the Prime Minister’s office, the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre, Nagaworld Hotel, Raffles le Royal Hotel and Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra.

All ten tourism ministers are set to meet during high-level talks Monday.  

The three day Travel Exchange, or trade fair portion of the forum, is slated to begin Wednesday on Diamond Island.

Some 3,000 buyers and sellers are expected to be in attendance.

MOST VIEWED

  • All inbound flights set to face added scrutiny

    Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said on Monday that the ministry is monitoring all inbound flights, after it was announced that only those from Malaysia and Indonesia will be temporarily cancelled from August 1. Vandine said on Monday that the two countries were identified as

  • Flights from Indonesia, Malaysia cancelled

    A Ministry of Health official has warned of the possibility of Covid-19 spreading through community transmission after the total infected cases in the Kingdom rose to 225. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told reporters on Saturday that the possibility of community transmission cannot be overlooked and that

  • Man in quarantine dies of ‘overdose’

    The Ministry of Health on Thursday said a Cambodian migrant worker who died while being isolated at a quarantine centre in Tbong Khmum province’s Kroch Chhmar district may have died from syncope or overdose of tablets. In a statement, the ministry said the 21-year-old

  • Ministry set to reopen 20 schools in August

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport will allow 20 high-safety-standards schools to reopen next month despite new cases of Covid-19 in the country. Ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha wrote in a Telegram message on Wednesday that the schools are in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang.