Cambodia Succeeds in Hosting ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 As All Participants Negative Detected for COVID-19

(Phnom Penh): ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022, which was hosted by Cambodia, had been brilliant successfully held and concluded, as delegates, sellers, buyers, and the national-international journalists who had attended the event were all negatively tested for Covid-19.

Minister of Tourism Thong Khon stressed on 23 January 2022 that “for the works to manage the participants’ safety and health, as of 22 January, all of the delegations, who had attended the meeting, returned back to their respective homelands with PCR testing before leaving the Sihanoukville, there had no any Covid-19 case been detected”.

Minister Thong Khon added that some international delegates send messages of admiration for the preparation of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 and thanked Cambodia for hospitalities.

Separately, the foreign guests, who attended the exhibitions of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022, have continued visiting islands of the Preah Sihanouk province, and some have gone to visit the capital of Phnom Penh, and some others have visited Siem Reap – Angkor (travel by cars).

The minister continued that on 23 January, the last group of foreigners, who had continued their excursions in Cambodia, had all left from Cambodia after being negatively PCR tested for Covid-19. There are only two international journalists, one from the United States and one from Ireland asked to stay in Phnom Penh.

Thong Khon said, added that “Ministry of Tourism will disseminate this good news to the regions and the globe in order to promote the safe tourist destinations in the country at the same time the Cambodian royal government has announced to reopen ASEAN tourism after the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022, as well as in the country”.

Be informed that the 40th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF 2022) was held from 16 – 22 January 2022 in Preah Sihanoukville of Preah Sihanouk province.

International communities, such as the ASEAN Secretary-General, ASEAN Tourism Ministers, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World’s Best Beach Club, and the Embassies of various countries really have fully supported the organization of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022. The above international communities praised the Cambodian Royal Government for vigorously controlling the situation of Covid-19, and the nationwide protection for the people’s welfare which made the preparation of ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 go safely – in particular the high attention had been paid to participants warmly, Thong Khon said.

The minister confirmed that the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 is a significant milestone in officially announcing the reopening of ASEAN regional tourist destinations after being disturbed for over two years by the pandemic of Covid-19. In addition, the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 will help promote Cambodia as a safe tourist destination in the ASEAN region.