H.E. Minister of Tourism: In the context of Covid-19, the pushing for well reception of domestic tourist movement is depended on resilience in communities

(Phnom Penh): Improving the quality and safety in welcoming domestic tourists is a feature in getting ready for reception of international tourists and the reception of international tourism is made possible depending on how many vaccines are given to the people in the country, according the addressing by minister of tourism Thong Khon stated on 01st July 2021.

Minister gave further content that the ministry of tourism has reviewed the implementation of tourist safety measures at the hotel business bases, guesthouses, restaurants, tourism resorts, tourism communities, domestic tour operators and waterway and land-road tourist transportation means at all 25 capital – provincial tourist destinations forwards at increasing the resilient of domestic tourists, and in readiness for receiving the international tourists in the upcoming time. The strength is based mainly on the creation of immunity in the communities (The Heard Immunity) through the encouraging for making vaccination available for all of citizens across the country, and the continuing to implement the measure of (3 Don’t, 3 Protection). In particular, in terms of responsibilities in tourism, as well as community resilience, the strength of local tourism also depends on four key areas:

  1. Continuing to urge for the instruction and inspection on tourism business bases to participate in the implementation of tourist safety measures which were previously putted out by the ministry of tourism. The tourist safety measures formed in the aims to halt the spread of Covid-19, to maintain stability of businesses and to ensure the safety and security for tourism, in particular in the context, in which the adaptation to new normal life is now required.
  2. Resuming the works of online training and strengthening the converting of training at targets (training on both new staffs and on staffs who are receiving impacts posed by Covid-19).
  3. Continuing the works of strengthening and supporting newly tourism products throughout the strengthening of skills and service quality at there. The ministry has currently seen  a shifting of new trend forward to community based-tourism, ecotourism and technology used – businesses (contactless), which in this context, the effort to manage those tourist destinations with a safety and standard based – quality is an utmost major matter, for instance, tourism community standard, standards of hiking, and trekking, act.
  4. Renewing domestic tourism promotion and raise publicly awareness to national and international tourists, in particular to all related institutions about ongoing implemented strategic plans of tourism which currently the ministry has already the Road-map on Cambodian Tourism’s Rehabilitation and Promotional Plan During and After Covid-19 Crisis and Siem Reap Provincial Tourism Development Master Plan 2021- 2035, and the continuing implementation of measure (3 don’t, 3 protection), as well as tourist safety measures. 

H.E. Minister stated that the Ministry of Tourism is very pleased and fully supports the six strategies that Samdech Techo Prime Minister laid out this morning in the plenary session of the CEC. And Minister is optimistic and hopeful that the successfully implementation of the six strategies is the mainly key basic enabling for the re-launch of our socio-economic environment, in which we hope that domestic tourism will have more growth, and there will be hope that we will be able to reopen Cambodia gradually to receive international tourists during the end of next year.

With regard to the preparation for international tourists in the future, the Ministry of Tourism has already prepared a concept document for international tourist vaccination and is actively discussing with the specialized sections of the Ministry of Health to submit this document to the sub-committees, the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Combating with Covid-19 Disease to be given suggestions before being submitted to the Standing Committee of the National Committee for Combating Covid-19, to the Royal Government for reviewing and approval.