H.E. Minister of Tourism Supports a Domestic Airline in Investing on Newly Tourism Products Creation in Siem Reap – Angkor Area

(Phnom Penh): Royal Government laid out already “Road-map on Cambodia’s Tourism Rehabilitation and Promotion During and After Crisis of COVID-19” and “Siem Reap Provincial Tourism Development Master Plan” and has also been being ready for receiving international tourists after being impacted by COVID-19 crisis, this time there is a domestic airline raised up a request asking supporting on “investment project on the creation of newly tourism products in Siem Reap – Angkor area”.

The investment project on the creation of newly tourism products in Siem Reap – Angkor area was raised by the Sky Angkor Airline and Minister of Tourism H.E. Thong Khon also showed strongly support, but he request to have elaborately discussion undertaken on the matter of development and conservation due to the Angkor resort is a world heritage site which is under supervision of the APSARA National Authority as well as UNSECO. The new investment project was raised in a work discussion between H.E. Minister of Tourism Thong Khon and Representatives of the Sky Angkor Airline, led by Mr. Koo Taeoh, General Manager of the company.

The discussion was conducted at the office of the ministry of tourism, in the evening of September 21, 2021 in the aim to discuss about tourism promotion project in Siem Reap province, especially the creation of newly tourism products in Siem Reap – Angkor site. Mr. Koo Taeoh confirmed that “the Sky Angkor Airline is considering on traditional boat in the mode of Angkor Temple of Angkor resort, so the company asked for support from the ministry of tourism as well as the royal government of Cambodia to make the project possible”.

The manager Koo expressed that, if the project is possible, it will become an attractive tourism product contributing to courting the Korean visitors as well as Chinese tourists to come to visit additional Cambodia enabling to assist the platform of the Royal Government in re-opening tourism. In response, H.E. Minister Thong Khon thanked the representative of the Sky ANgkor Airline for consideration on laying out newly tourism products to promote tourism in Siem Reap province.

H.E. Minister confirmed that the tourism development project in Angkor resort area is under Jurisdiction of APSARA National Authority, but however the ministry of tourism will additional cooperate with the company on this request. H.E. Minister expressed that the Royal Government of Cambodia laid out “Road-map on the Cambodia’s Tourism Rehabilitation and Promotion During and After COVID-19 Crisis” and “Siem Reap Provincial Tourism Development Master Plan” as currently the ministry of tourism has also been compiling a Strategic Plan Paper on Reopening for Safe Tourism in the Stage of COVID-19.

His Excellency also informed the company about the some content of the “Siem Reap Provincial Tourism Development Master Plan” which promotes to have many newly tourism products. the master plan is not only in Angkor site, but it is also included the surrounding areas, and the areas with potentialities such as Kulen Mountain area, Banteay Srei area and Tonle Sap area. Moreover, the minister of tourism affirmed that “the Royal Government of Cambodia has been being ready for receiving international tourists (already vaccinated tourists) in the soon coming time, but it has to be in line with safe tourism mechanism”.

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. . 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. Beside from that, Sky Angkor Airline also has domestic flights: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap and Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville province.