ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Cambodia's tourism up
Cambodia’s tourism is up more than 13 percent during the first seven months of2010. Cambodia is one of five Asean countries to see an increase in 2010, according to a Ministry of Tourism report.
A total of 1,423,505 tourists entered Cambodia this year to the end of July, up an annualised 13.85 percent. It joins Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Laos as the only Asean countries with tourism figures on the rise, according to Ministry statistics.
Tourism Minister Thong Khon said Cambodia had the potential to become an even larger draw for regional visitors.
“We have the potential of a huge and great culture which can be used to attract an increasing number of tourists in the future,” he said, and announced the 2011 Asean Tourism Forum would be held in Phnom Penh in January.
ASEAN was an important destination for foreign tourists, and Cambodia was becoming increasingly attractive for international tourists, he said.
“We will win the competition, and we need to develop the sector as much as we can,” he said.
Minister of the Council of Ministers Sok An said the government emphasizes promoting and developing tourism.
Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesman Thani Thongphakdi said yesterday that he was unaware of Cambodia’s position on the funding, but that Thailand “stands ready to promote further bilateral cooperation with Cambodia”.
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