The Ministry of Tourism promoted Cambodia as a tourism destination during an international expo held last week in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.
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The 15th International Travel Expo was held on Sept 4-7 in the Vietnamese city, with Cambodia represented by a delegation from the ministry.
Speaking at the ‘2019 Cambodia Night’, held on the sidelines of the expo, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said the ministry seeks to increase the Kingdom’s popularity abroad by joining travel fairs around the world.
In the Ho Chi Minh City expo, tourism sector players from Cambodia and Vietnam discussed working together to promote both tourism markets, Mr Khon said. They discussed promoting the countries as a single destination under the slogan ‘Two counties, One destination’, according to a post on the ministry’s Facebook page.
“We expect that Cambodia will welcome more investors and tourists from around the world. Particularly, we can expect more people from Vietnam because we have new tourism products waiting for them,” Mr Khon said in the event.
Cambodia and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate on marine tourism once construction of a new seaport in Kampot province finishes. The port is expected to be completed by 2021.
Mr Khon said marine tourism cooperation is an effective mechanism to boost cooperation among Asean countries.
Cambodia aims to attract one million Vietnamese visitors a year, while Vietnam expects half a million Cambodian tourists.
Speaking at the event, Prak Vuthy, director of marketing promotion at the ministry, said they aim to create new tourism products and develop existing destinations to boost tourist numbers.
“The ministry is working hard to promote Cambodia as a tourism destination by joining international expos. These efforts are very important to boost the tourism sector.”
Last year, Cambodia received 6.2 million international tourists, an increase of 10.7 percent year-on-year. Of these, about 800,000 were Vietnamese.