(Phnom Penh): Cambodia – Turkey both want to expand further cooperation in the field of tourism, and want to see the rise of the mutual tourist movement, so the newly-appointed Turkish Ambassador to Cambodia Mrs. ULKO KOCAEFE has pledged to have Cambodia – Turkey direct flight in her mission mandate.
The pledge was made on the occasion of Her Excellency ULKO KOCAEFE paid a courtesy call with His Excellency Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, in the afternoon of 15th September 2022, at the office of the ministry of tourism, after she received a new mission as Turkish Ambassador to Cambodia. His Excellency Minister Thong Khon informed the Ambassador about the gradual recovery of Cambodia’s tourism situation through the efforts of the Royal Government under the leadership of Samdech Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister. This has prompted Cambodia to receive nearly 1 million international visitors (an increase of 720%) by the first eight months of 2022.
Mrs. ULKO KOCAEFE praised the improvement of the management of the situation of Covid-19 in Cambodia, the adherence to the health measures of the Cambodian people, the care for the health/life of the people through vaccination policy, and the Royal Government’s prevention of the spread of Covid-19. She was also delighted with the friendliness of the Cambodian people, just like the promotion abroad. She expressed a warm and safe feeling to come to live and complete the mission in Cambodia and is very interested in tourist destinations in Cambodia, especially the Angkor heritage site.
According to His Excellency Minister Thong Khon, the Cambodian-Turkish side agreed to promote the implementation of the tourism agreement, which was signed in Turkey in 2018, and has already set up a working group to implement it in effective, fruitful, and mutually beneficial manner. At this point, H.E. Minister Thong Khon added that the agreement on tourism is focused on promoting mutual tourism, especially the connection of direct flights between Cambodia and Turkey.
“During her tenure in Cambodia, the Turkish Ambassador pledged to establish direct flights between Cambodia and Turkey, because, in order to boost tourism, transportation is needed”, he said. The Minister claimed that at present, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville International Airports are all able to be landed by large aircraft, so landing aircraft from Turkey is not a problem. In particular, both sides also mentioned the promotion of green tourism (Green Pass), which will facilitate travel, visa applications/entry and exit of tourists, and travel in both countries.
In addition, the agreement also focused on encouraging investors in the tourism sector, while Turkey is a large investor, and Cambodia-Turkey must continue to train human resources in tourism, and exchange visits between officials of the two countries.