Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong said yesterday the appointment of Tourism Minister Thong Khon as a member of the European Tourism Academy will add to efforts to transform the country into a world-class tourism destination.
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Speaking at the appointment ceremony, Mr Namhong said the consolidation of ties between the Ministry of Tourism and the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) will help in the transformation.
Mr Namhong was accompanied by Anton Caragea, president of ECTT, at the event.
“I believe that under the leadership of Mr Khon, the cooperation between the council and the Ministry of Tourism will be further strengthened and will help transform Cambodia into a world-class tourist destination,” he said
“I would like to thank the council, especially Dr Caragea, who has always supported Cambodia and considered us a model for the world in tourism.
“Tourism has contributed significantly to the socio-economic development of Cambodia by creating jobs, increasing people’s incomes and making Cambodia the most attractive tourist destination in the world,” he said.
Minister Khon said the government considers the tourism sector as “green gold” that supports economic growth and social development, creates employment, aids poverty reduction, and boosts regional integration.
According to forecasts, 6.2 million foreign tourists will visit Cambodia each year by 2018 and 7 million by 2020.
By 2030, Cambodia will welcome an estimated 15 million foreign visitors, bringing in a total of $10 billion and creating 2 million jobs.