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France provides $1.7million for Cambodia’s tourism sector

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Local tourists visited the most popular lake in Ratanakiri. Ministry of tourism

The French government, through the French Agency for Development (AFD), has provided a grant of 1.5 million euro ($ 1.7 million) to help restore  Cambodia’s post-Covid-19 tourism sector, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

Cambodia’s tourism sector is severely affected during the outbreak Covid-19 due to the loss of foreign visitors, including the suspension of flights from many countries.

Nep Samuth, General Director of Tourism Industry and Secretary-General of the National Committee for Clean Cities Assessment of the Ministry of Tourism, confirmed that AFD has agreed to provide 1.5 million euro in funding under the Tourism Capacity Building Project 2020- 2023 to participate in the implementation of the roadmap for the rehabilitation of tourism in Cambodia after the pandemic spread.

According to Samuth, the two sides have exchanged views on the introduction of measures to support Cambodia’s tourism sector in the period of COVID-19 and starting from the implementation of tourism safety measures, promoting domestic tourism movement to ensure that Cambodia is a quality and warm tourism destination for visitors.

The fund will be used for 24 development projects to participate in the recovery plan during and after the COVID-19, including strengthening the governance of the tourism sector, which will provided capacity building to strengthen the private sector in the tourism industry, strengthening the institutional capacity and Public-private partnerships and the support of marketing and promotion of ecotourism.

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