United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commends the Preparation of ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 in Preah Sihanouk Province

(Spain): Mr. Harry Hwang, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), commended the preparation of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022, in Preah Sihanoukville, Preah Sihanouk province after he returned back to Spain safely.

The admiration came after he had led a delegation to attend the meetings with ASEAN Tourism Ministers and other programs during the ASEAN Tourism Forum from 16 – 22 January 2022 in Preah Sihanoukville. In reference to his personal Facebook, Harry Hwang said “From Stay Home Travel Tomorrow to Restart Tourism …… Now we are being smarter traveler with more resilience and travel with COVID-19”.

Immense thanks to the Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia for their determined efforts, overwhelming support, welcoming hospitality, excellent arrangements of hosting the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022. ATF 2022, the largest tourism gathering in Asia since the outbreak of COVID-19, was indeed the most remarkable and enjoyable event which took place in Sihanoukville, a newly developed tourist destination in Cambodia.

ASEAN tourism is now ready for reopening. During a meeting with ASEAN Tourism Ministers, the Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific had also admired Cambodia’s ASEAN chairmanship in 2020 and 2021 which accomplished a wide–range of works in the contribution to fighting against the outbreak of COVID-19, as well as preparing to restore the ASEAN tourism.

He has fully supported the announcement of reopening ASEAN tourism from Preah Sihanoukville.

Please be noted that in the first stage of the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) advertised a campaign (Stay Home, Travel Tomorrow) in order to contribute to combating the outbreak. Nowadays, based on the rates of vaccination, the effectiveness of the treatment, the living in a new normal with Covid-19, as well as the urgent needs in restoring the social economy, the World Tourism Organization has disseminated all countries to consider restarting their safe respective tourism.

Be informed that, the Representative of the World Tourism Organization’s admiration came at the same time when the reports of the Committee for Organizing ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 wrote that before leaving Cambodia, all foreign delegations were PCR tested, and there was no positive case detected, while the delegations wrote subsequently messages of thanks and admiration to Cambodia.