Cambodian Minister of Tourism Requests ASEAN Members to Make Efforts in Formulating New Tourism Products and Strengthening Direct Flights to Attract More Tourists
(Siem Reap): His Excellency Thong Khon, Cambodian Minister of Tourism, had requested all ASEAN member nations have to make efforts in generating new tourism products, and strengthening direct flights as many as possible in order to attract further tourists as well as to tackle facing challenges. Such request was made in time when H.E had presided over in the official launching of the 50th ASEAN National Tourism Organization Meeting, in Borei Angkor hotel, Siem Reap province, with the participations from H.E. Tea Seyha, Governor of Siem Reap province and H.E. PG Kamalrudzaman Haji Mohd Ishak, Secretary General of the Ministry of Water Resources, Industry and Tourism of Brunei, as chairperson of the 50th ASEAN NTOs and related meetings. This calling is not different to what H.E. has always encouraged all stakeholders in Cambodia to take part in promoting cooperation in the national tourism development, by His Excellency has always inspired the new tourism products to be generated, and has courted the direct flights from the targeted nations. Within the opening ceremony of ASEAN NTOS Meeting, H.E. Minister Thong Khon had stressed about confronting challenges that the ASEAN member nations need to jointly address, in which need to enhance the ASEAN Intra Travelling forwards to making average growth of 4% in year, and enabling tourists to self – drive, especially nations crossed – tours. His Excellency Thong Khon witnessed potentiality of “Food Tourism” by in the above meeting, H.E. urged ASEAN NTOs to join all together in discussing on this main point forwards to make the realization of “Tourism Standard, ASEAN Food”. Thanks to ASEAN region is rich of natural resources, tangible and intangible cultures which are favorable to regional tourism development to become unique products and provide tourists unforgettable memories; hence His Excellency Thong Khon has inspired ASEAN member nations are to create as many as new tourism products in order to attract further tourists. Cambodian Minister of Tourism thanked Philippine and Indonesia that connected the direct flights to Cambodia which this is a contribution to bond flows of tourists. In reference to reports indicated that in entirely 2018, the whole ASEAN region received about 135 million tourists, increased by 7. 6%. According to Mr. Try Chiv, Director of International Cooperation and ASEAN Department of the Ministry of Tourism, the ASEAN NTOs Meeting is focused mainly on tourism development in ASEAN region, in which there is work performance reviewing, to be implemented since 2016, and the putting out the continuing works directions up to 2025. Beside of this, cooperation within ASEAN framework and development projects are needed to be urged, contributing to development within the whole ASEAN region as well as Cambodian tourism sector, through experience exchanging, and a common ASEAN qualified – standard practice and human resource training in compliance with ASEAN standard training programs. Please inform that, the ASEAN NTOs Meeting is taken 3 days period from 10 – 12 July 2019. Beside ASEAN NTOs, ASEAN had ASEAN NTOs plus 3 Meeting having China, Japan and South Korea, and there will be meetings within framework of ASEAN – China Center; ASEAN – Japan Centre and ASEAN – South Korea Centre as well as meetings with other dialogue partners.