Minister of Tourism and Preah Sihanouk Provincial Governor Co-chaired a Meeting and Inspected the Practical Locations in Preparation for the 2022 ASEAN Tourism Forum

(Preah Sihanouk):   His Excellency Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, and His Excellency Kouch Chamroeun, Governor of Preah Sihanouk Province, co-chaired a meeting to review the remaining works and inspected the actual location in preparation for the 40th ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 (ATF2022) at Preah Sihanouk province to be ready for receiving international delegates, ministers, and senior officials.

The meeting and the actual location inspection for the ASEAN Tourism Forum, to be held on January 2nd, 2022 at Sokha Beach Hotel, Sihanouk City, Preah Sihanouk province, with the participation from the ministry of tourism’s officials, authorities, and relevant working groups, along with the working groups of Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration.  

Please be informed that Cambodia is going to host the 40th ASEAN Tourism Forum, to be held from 16th – 22nd January 2022, at Preah Sihanouk City, Preah Sihanouk province. The meeting stressed the preparatory works for ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 have been about 90% accomplished by the preparation of locations for tourism booths, opening-closing ceremonies, and other relevant ceremonies have been gradually determined and organized in accordance with safety measures.

In addition, so far, there has been direct participation from all ASEAN tourism ministers and senior officials from the 10 ASEAN member nations confirmed to attend the ASEAN Tourism Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings, in which 114 international delegates would attend the meeting, and for the TRAVEX, there are a total of 187 sellers, 107 buyers coming from 35 countries, of which international buyers of 100 companies, and local buyers of 7 companies.

The minister said with strong support from all ASEAN member countries, ASEAN plus, and the private sectors, the registration and the confirmation of participation have been given and the figures go beyond the expectation during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the minister Thong Khon instructed and recommended the relevant skilled working groups to cooperated with the related authorities of Preah Sihanouk province to make sure the preparation of the meetings and activities of this international milestone are done safely in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOP) of the ministry of health and the standard operating procedures of the Preah Sihanouk provincial administration.

The minister continued that during the ASEAN Tourism Forum, besides the National Tourism Organization Meeting, ASEAN Tourism Ministers’ Meetings, ASEAN plus Three Meeting (Japan, South Korea, and China), ASEAN – India Meeting), ASEAN – Russia Meeting, ASEAN – Related Partner Organizations Meetings, and ASEAN – Private Sector Meetings, and the TRAVEX, and there will also be a tree-planting program to commemorate the docking of the MS Westerdam cruise ship, ASEAN Ministers’ Golf Tournament, and Island Tour, which is a big step moved to show the readiness of Cambodia and as a whole ASEAN to reopen for international tourism.

His Excellency Kouch Chamroeun received the minister’s and the meeting’s recommendations and assigned a provincial governor Mr. Mang Sineth to arrange the health and safety protection works for delegates from ASEAN member nations when arriving and going back.

The provincial governor will also view the urging of injection of the third dose of vaccine for working groups and staff who will participate in the ATF at the targets, where the programs will be celebrated and at Sokha Beach Hotel.

After the works reviewing meeting, the whole meeting also inspected some important locations in Sokha Hotel. At that time H.E. Kouch Chamroeun confirmed that the provincial administration is ready to hospitalize all delegates and instructed the relevant authorities to prepare up forces at their targets towards making sure the safety and security of all delegates. Furthermore, the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration will help support responsibly for the preparation of this milestone.

H.E. Minister Thong Khon stated further that the ASEAN Tourism Ministers will take this opportunity to announce the reopening of their respective regional tourism from Cambodia. Please be noted that the 40th ASEAN Tourism Forum in January 2022 was attended by the Ministers of Tourism of nine countries: Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines, while Vietnam was represented by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, on behalf of its minister of tourism.