Cambodia – India Raise to Have Direct Flight Connectivity after Covid-19 Crisis Over
(Phnom Penh): Cambodian counterpart agreed with Indian side that will arrange the process of direct flight connectivity after the Covid-19 crisis is over in order to drive tourist activities and to enhance a closer cooperation between the two countries. The agreement was made in a work discussion between His Excellency Dr. THONG Khon, Cambodian Minister of Tourism and Her Excellency Devyani Uttam Khobragade, Indian Ambassador to Cambodia, at the office of the Ministry of Tourism, on January 20, 2021. The two leaders cited about historical cooperative relations between Cambodia – India and strengthened a closer mutual diplomatic tie under the leadership of Samdech Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Cambodia and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Cambodia and India have long cultural and religious relations and before the Covid-19 crisis happened, the Cambodian people liked visiting India through a religious tourism that’s why His Excellency Minister THONG Khon asked Indian Embassy as well as the Indian Government to remake religious tour packages available after the Covid-19 crisis is over. In relation to cooperation on tourism, minister Thong Khon raised about a request for having direct flight connected between Cambodia and India after for a while delay due to the matter of Covid-19 pandemic. Her Excellency Devyani Uttam Khobragade confirmed this task is a prioritized work in her mission as Indian ambassador as well. According to Her Excellency Devyani Uttam Khobragade, the Indian Embassy will cooperate with the Ministry of Tourism and other related stakeholders in resuming the preparation of International Yuga Day in the capital of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Preah Sihanouk and Battambang provinces. H.E. Dr. THONG Khon requested India to host ASEAN-India car racing and self-driving tourism movement, which will become an event for strengthening friendship ties as well as pushing for land-route via tourist movement between India and Asian. She also agreed and firmly supported for this initiative because it will bring about many benefits to tourism sector at the same time Indian youths are strongly satisfying with such trips. The Indian Embassy has also continuous supported on Cambodian bay development projects as well as on digital tourism development the Indian ambassador promised to compromise the training on online – tourism professionals. Beside of this, Indian Embassy to Cambodia will also help renovate ecotourism area based – infrastructures, cultural tourism such as entering road innovation, tags and local people training to access to better skills in hospitalizing tourists. The two counterparts will form a task force comprising components from the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the Ministry of Information and the other related ministries and institutions as well as a task force in Indian Embassy to Cambodian and Indian task force in the New Delhi in order to implement greater all of these works with expectation for being implemented after the Covid-19 crisis is over.