(Phnom Penh): ASEAN has already launched a spirit of revitalizing the ASEAN Internal Tourism Movement after more than two years of the Covid-19 crisis, in which Cambodia has expressed its desire to expand this spirit to Timor-Leste, while the tourists in this country also like to go abroad a lot.
During a meeting with the Timor-Leste side, H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, stated, “today, although we are promoting the ASEAN internal tourism movement in the spirit of the decision of the ASEAN Tourism Ministers, it is true that Timor-Leste is in the same region, and in the past, as the president of the Southeast Asian Sports Council, Cambodia has been actively promoting cooperation”.
The Minister of Tourism also wants to see the Timor-Leste tourist flow in the ASEAN region. The meeting was held on May 9th, 2022 at the office of the Ministry of Tourism, while the Cambodian side, led by His Excellency Minister Thong Khon, and the Timorese side, represented by His Excellency Agio Pereira, Senior Minister of Timor-Leste, and His Excellency Emile Childo Coupallop. Ermeneglido Kupa Lopes, Timor-Leste Ambassador to Cambodia.
H.E. Minister Thong Khon stated his intention to facilitate travel between the two countries, Cambodia-Timor-Leste, including the promotion of direct flights, and visa waivers, while there is currently no visa waiver.
In addition, it was wanted to expand cooperation on joint broadcasts, in which if Cambodia goes to broadcast in the Timor-Leste, it will help to cooperate with Cambodia, and if Timor-Leste comes to Cambodia, Cambodia will also have to cooperate.
The two sides also mentioned cooperation in helping to develop human resources and promote the development of tourism products. It should be noted that the two sides are also pushing for an end to a memorandum of understanding on tourism, which will be signed soon.