Cambodia’s tourism sector is set for a boost following talks between tourism ministers during a two-day meeting held in China’s Henan province.
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Tourism Minister Thong Khon met Vice-Governor of Henan provincial government Dai Baihua and Xu Liyi Secretary of Zhengzhou Municipal Committee to discuss attracting more Chinese holidaymakers to the Kingdom.
Official figures show that Chinese visitors are already on the rise year-on-year. In 2019, 2.5 million Chinese tourists arrived in the country, representing a 25 per cent increase on the previous year.
To capitalise on those figures, Thong Khon revealed there is support from Cambodia’s national airline, Angkor Air, and other carriers to introduce direct flights between Cambodia and Henan’s Zhengzhou Xinzheng International airport.
“The first direct flight is scheduled for April,” he said. “People from Henan province love to visit our country and are especially interested in the world-famous heritage site of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. We hope that by offering a direct flight, it will attract even more visitors.”
Further awareness about Cambodia will also be promoted during a proposed annual Cambodian Culture and Tourism Festival in the province, which is home to more than 100 million people and has strong economic growth. Plans for a Cambodian Tourism Office there are also under discussion.
According to an official report by the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation released in August last year, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap were connected to 23 Chinese cities by air, with Sihanoukville linked to 15 destinations within the country. Nineteen airlines in total currently operate routes between the two countries.