Greater Mekong Sub-Region Member Countries (GMS) Are Considering Welcoming for Vaccinated Tourists to Restore the Socio-Economy During and After the Covid-19 Crisis

The Greater Mekong Sub-Region Member Countries (GMS) Are Considering Welcoming for Vaccinated Tourists to Restore the Socio-Economy During and After the Covid-19 Crisis

On May 27, 2021, Mr. Sieng Neak, Deputy Director General of Tourism Development and International Cooperation, on behalf of H.E. Thong Rathsak, Director General of Tourism Development and International Cooperation, led the professional officers of the Ministry of Tourism  to take part in the Mekong Tourism Working Group Meeting and the 47th Meeting of the Board of Director of the Mekong Tourism Office via video, with participation from representatives of GMS, representatives of Asia Development Bank and other related parties with the outcomes as following:

  1. Greater Mekong Sub-region member countries support Cambodia in hosting Mekong Destination initiative, as a program in the form of public – private partnership to promote the potential of Mekong tourism, strengthening regional cooperation with private sectors and as a form of advice on the great regional tourism development.  
  2. GMS member countries have expressed willingness to attract the vaccinated tourists in their respective tourism rehabilitation plans. In that, Cambodia presented the main strategies of roadmap on the restoration of Cambodia’s tourism sector in the period of COVID-19 2020 – 2025 and plans to open vaccination packages during the fourth quarter of 2021 to increase confidence on Cambodia’s tourism destinations, to contribute to rehabilitating of the socio-economy.
  3. The meeting agreed on a draft of Mekong Tourism Communication Recovery Plan forwards to form the right Mekong tourism promotional messages (right messages), to choose the right channels and to get reached at the main tourist destinations (right market).
  4. The meeting high valued on Asia Development Bank’s support on the inclusive infrastructural development in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam tourism sectors. Cambodia also presented its efforts in implementing the coastal tourism infrastructural construction projects, the implementation of ASEAN standards and the capacity building for leading tourists for Cambodian coastal areas.
  5. The meeting agreed on dates of the meeting of tourism working group of 48th greater Mekong sub-region countries, which Thailand is scheduled to host during the upcoming September 2021 and approved the final draft of the new CEO selection criteria of the Mekong Tourism Coordination Office (ToR MTCO Executive Director), which is scheduled to announce the selection in Jun