Good News for Those Serving in Tourism Sector: Minister Thong Khon Tells Domestic Airlines to Get Ready for Reopening Flights

(Phnom Penh): H.E. Minister of Tourism Thong Khon told a domestic airline namely Sky Angkor Airline to be ready for reopening flights for passengers, as the Cambodian Royal Government has also been ready for reopening for international visitors in near time to come, but in accordance with mechanism “safe tourism”. The above hope was shown on the occasion H.E. Minister of Tourism met for works discussion with delegates, representative for Sky Angkor Airline, in the evening of September 21, 2021, at the office of the ministry of tourism.

On that occasion, H.E. Thong Khon raised that “Cambodian Royal Government has been being ready for reopening for international tourists (already vaccinated tourists) in the near time to come, but it has to be in line with safe tourism mechanism”. H.E. Minister continued that, in short time to come, Samdech Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Cambodia, will officially announce about the reopening of safe tourism, by in the previous time, Samdech Techo Prime Minister also once highlighted the preparedness for reopening for international tourists.

H.E. Minister added that, based on plan that Samdech Techo said is for the international tourists who come to visit Cambodia will require to be quarantined for only 7 days – in the areas where there have no the pandemic of COVID-19. So, the minister supports the Sky Angkor Airline to be ready for flying tourists as well as international passengers to Cambodia. H.E. Minister Thong Khon also highlighted serve impacts on the world tourism including Cambodia as well. However, the Cambodian Royal Government laid out “Road-map on Cambodia’s Tourism Rehabilitation and Promotion During and After COVID-19 Crisis and Siem Reap and Mondulkiri Provincial Tourism Development Master Plans”.

H.E. Minister said the ministry of tourism already compiled a strategic plan paper on the opening of safe tourism in the stage of COVID-19, and also submitted to the royal government for checking and approval. The Sky Angkor Airline’s general manager Mr. Koo Taeoh said that after Samdech Techo HUN SEN announced about intention of re-opening for safe tourism in Cambodia, the CEO of his company had immediately returned to the Republic of Korea to work with tour companies in Korea as well as China to promote tourists to visit Cambodia after the Royal Government of Cambodia decided to officially open tourism in time to come. The general manager Koo Taeoh also rose about investment project on additional new tourism products creation in Siem Reap area to be as a contribution in attracting international tourists to come to visit a Cambodia’s world heritage site.

Of course, cooperation between the ministry of tourism and the Sky Angkor Airline is in consistent with Road-map on Cambodia’s Tourism Rehabilitation and Promotion During and After COVID-19 Crisis. Please be informed that, the Sky Angkor Airline was established during June which then there was direct flights between Cambodia to provinces – cities of China, including Taipei (Taiwan); to Vietnam, and Japan, the Republic of Korea, and to India, act. With this, the manager Koo Taeoh also illustrated hope in attracting as many as international tourists from China as well as Korea, as his birth country.