Key Focus on Green Tourism Opportunities

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PHNOM PENH, (Khmer Times) — The Minister of Tourism, Dr. Thong Khon, today spoke about the critical role green tourism can play in contributing to the Kingdom’s economic prosperity. 
Speaking in support of the Green Tourism Fair at Pannasastra University, the Minister highlighted some of the key challenges brought about by global warming and climate change that can have an adverse impact on the nation’s economy.  
“At present, the world is facing economic, social and environmental change. In addition to the fallout from the global financial crisis, there are ongoing natural disasters, such as flooding from bad storms, tsunamis and the melting of polar ice caps  to name just a few,” said Dr. Thong. 
“These types of problems can obviously impact severely on tourism, which has a downstream effect on many types of businesses,” he said.
The Minister stressed that it is crucial that Cambodia takes a strategic approach to addressing these challenges and build on the opportunities emerging in the green tourism sector. 
“In addition to providing economic security, the development of green tourism can bring opportunities for conserving and taking care of our cultural heritage, our natural resources and can contribute to supporting a more sustainable environment,” said Dr. Thong.
“Green tourism can help to maintain a balance between economic development and environmental sustainability,” he added. 
“To achieve our goals, however, requires more than the government setting tourism policy. It requires many stakeholders to play their part, such as tour operators and other tourism-related service providers, infrastructure developers, business owners and community members, who will all have a role to play,” Dr. Thong said.
The Green Tourism Fair 2014, will take in 24 provinces with the regions each showcasing their local tourism attractions, resorts, tours and other activities. 

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