The Ministry of Tourism recently convened a technical meeting to discuss the guiding document, titled “Planning Tourist Development and Assessing Achievements”, aiming to monitor progress and address sector challenges. 

Chaired by Men Phearom, deputy director-general for Tourism Development and International Cooperation, the December 18 gathering included 50 participants, according to the ministry’s December 19 social media post. 

Phearom noted the guidelines’ significance in focusing and enhancing the capacity of sub-national administrations, particularly officials overseeing the planning of capital and provincial tourism departments for five-year development plans.

Chuob Ratana, director of the tourism development planning department, said the guidelines were crafted to promote systematic tourism development. They will soon be distributed to tourism departments and capital-provincial administrations throughout the country.

Thourn Sinan, chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Cambodia Chapter, appreciates the dedication of tourism officials in bringing about significant reforms in the sector.

He anticipates tourism minister Sok Soken’s vision for driving this reform forward.

“We should support the positive efforts of the government and the ministry. From our perspective, any action that brings about a fruitful change deserves support and encouragement,” he said.