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Nation to host crucial Asean tourism forum in year 2021

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Cambodia will host a week-long regional tourism forum in January 2021 where leaders in the business, key experts and private sector interest groups will gather to discuss its development.

Themed “Community of Peace and a Shared Future”, the 39th Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) is scheduled to run from Jan 17 to 23 in Phnom Penh, according to a Ministry of Tourism’s announcement yesterday.

The detailed agenda has not been announced but, according to the ministry’s spokesman Top Sopheak, the ministry is working to draft the main elements.The Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) is a cooperative regional effort to promote members as one tourist destination.

The annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 member states of Asean: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The forum will include an exhibition on tourism products and services, technical meetings of Asean tourism officials, Asean tourism ministerial meetings and art performances, Sopheak said, adding that the Asean tourism meeting will include three invited nations: China, South Korea and Japan.

Cambodia, through the ATF, will be able to attract more investors to buy into the tourism sector and to showcase potential products and services to attract more foreign visitors to Cambodia.

Sopheak said: “What is important in the forum is we can improve tourism cooperation with regional countries to improve the sector. When having such a regional and international event in the country, it is a good opportunity for foreign investors to seek investment opportunities in the tourism sector of our country.”

The ATF allows international buyers to make good contacts. Hosting is rotated among  members. It was established in 1981. This year is its 39th anniversary, held in Brunei from Jan 12 to 16.

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