(Siem Reap): Minister of Tourism Thong Khon has requested the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) to resume supporting the development process on the Cambodian tourism sector.
Stated in 35th Technical Meeting of ICC-ANGKOR, on 24th March, Minister Thong Khon said, during the upcoming 5 years to contribute to the process of recovering the Cambodian tourism sector to be like as before the Covid-19 crisis, the ministry of tourism is going to continue working with other related ministries and institutions to urge the recovery of Siem Reap provincial tourism to get high growth.
Within the framework of policymaking and tourism development strategy, the minister of tourism illustrated that the ministry has compiled major documents, including Roadmap on Cambodia’s Tourism Rehabilitation and Promotion Plan During and After Covid-19 Crisis, Policy Measures to Promote Internal Tourism Movement 2021 – 2023, Strategic Plan on Reopening to Vaccinated Tourists, Siem Reap Provincial Tourism Development Master Plan 2021 – 2035.
The ministry expects to get approximately 11 million domestic tourists in 2022, as put plan, and about 7 million international tourists until 2027, with the uncertainty of Covid-19 and global crisis, according to the addressing by the minister of tourism.
The qualified, safe, and inclusive tourist destinations are to make the continuing effort in developing and creating more new tourism products at the six prioritized areas in Siem Reap province, to be already determined in the master plan, such as the Jayavarman-Norodom National Park “Phnom Kulen”, the surrounding areas of the protected area of Banteay Srei temple, the current Siem Reap city area, the Tonle Sap Lake area, and the new Siem Reap tourist area, added minister.
Minister Thong Khon deeply thanked ICC-Angkor and other international experts for constantly supporting and actively cooperating in tourism development in Cambodia. The minister has asked the ICC-Angkor to continue supporting the process of Cambodian tourism development as well as Siem Reap province both during and after Covid-19 towards a more attractive and crisis-resilient tourism destination with high competition.