Minister of Tourism Thong Khon shared experiences that Cambodia has accomplished in recovering the tourism sector at International Travel Expo in Vietnam

(Vietnam): Taking time in participating the International Travel Expo, on the morning of September 08th 2022, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, His Excellency Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism of Cambodia, participated in sharing experiences that Cambodian Royal Government has accomplished during the crisis of COVID-19 within the High – Level Forum on Solutions to International Tourism Recovery and Sustainable Development, with approximately 350 participants.

Key points of the experience sharing were focused on the prevention of the pandemic of Covid-19 disease, the COVID-19 vaccination strategy for Cambodian people throughout Cambodia, tourism recovery during and after the COVID-19 crisis, future perspective on tourism – especially the strengthening connectivity to restore the tourism sector.

The High–Level Forum in Ho Chi Minh was held under the presidency of His Excellency Vu Duc Dam, a member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, as well as the participation of the Ministers of Tourism of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, the Delegation of the Minister / Deputy Minister and representatives of the Tourism Authority, Consulate General of ASEAN member countries, a total of 350 international private sectors.

The High–Level Forum on Solutions to International Tourism Recovery and Sustainable Development aims at gathering tourism organizations, international tourism investors, and private sectors in the regions and around the world to get instructive recommendations from central tourism managements of the countries in the region about perspectives and strategies in international tourism recovery and sustainable development. This is according to Mr. Thong Rathsak, Director General of the General Department of Tourism Development and International Cooperation, Ministry of Tourism.

At that time, Minister Thong Khon shared Cambodia’s experiences with the forum on how the Royal Government of Cambodia has set to choose vaccination under the leadership of Samdech Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Cambodia, to ensure community resilience leading to socio-economic reopening, especially the reopening of the country to fully international tourists.

Minister also highlighted the effectiveness of the implementation of rescuing measures and interventions put in place by the Royal Government to rescue businesses and tourism workers, among other socio-economic sectors. In his participation, the Minister shared four key recommendations to strengthen connectivity to restore regional and international tourism in a sustainable manner as follows:

  1. In face, vaccines remain key to building up tourist confidence in traveling: in the face when the world has adapted to new normal life – living with COVID-19, the vaccine is only one tool in ensuring the lives of people, tourists as well as recovering the confidence and trust of tourists.

  1. Have to reopen socio-economic activities in accordance with the context of new normalities, in line with the roadmap or strategies and guidelines, with the life of the people as the highest priority. In fact, in order to ensure the safe reopening of socio-economic activities and tourism, the Royal Government of Cambodia has set out a roadmap for the promotion and rehabilitation plan for Cambodia’s tourism sector during and after the Covid-19 crisis, available in 3 stages: (1), Crisis Management in New Normal and Rehabilitation (2020-2021). (2), Rehabilitation of Cambodia’s tourism sector after the Covid -19 crisis (2022-2023), (3), Preparation for the new future of Cambodia’s tourism sector (2024-2025).
  1. All ASEAN members should consider promoting intra-ASEAN tourism in line with the “ASEAN for ASEAN” vision, as well as tourism in sub-regional frameworks such as the ACMECS and the Greater Mekong Subregion.
  1. ASEAN Tourism Ministers, ASEAN Partners, and World Tourism Leaders should continue to strengthen human resource development, promote digital connectivity, and promote innovation and initiative in the context of the 4.0 industry and the future trends of tourism.
  2. Minister raised about the efforts to promote online training (e-learning) and digital literacy that the Royal Government of Cambodia, as well as the Ministry of Tourism, has implemented during the Covid-19 crisis and in the phase of restoration and promotion of tourism.
  3. In addition, the Royal Government has cooperated with banks and microfinance institutions to provide a total of $ 150 million for co-financing for business owners in the tourism sector to apply for loans to renovate their business locations. Those businesses must be registered with the Ministry of Tourism and recognized by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.