More than 40 tourism sector specialists from Cambodia and Indonesia met on Monday to discuss the possibility of partnering to boost bilateral and regional tourism.
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Speaking at the Indonesia Tourism Table Top (ITTT), Rizki Handayani, deputy director of promotion for Southeast Asia at Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry, said Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand were potential markets for Indonesia due to the economic growth of these countries.
“There are opportunities to have markets here because about 40 percent of tourists visiting Indonesia are from Asean countries.
“However, we are not just targeting the Asean market but third countries as well,” Ms Rizki said.
“For the moment, we have met Cambodian travel agents and tour operators to sell our tourism products and later on we should have cooperation between Cambodia and Indonesia to promote a one destination concept,” she added.
Ms Rizki said Angkor Wat in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province and Borobudur in Indonesia’s central Java province were linked as cultural and historical sites.
“We can promote both Angkor Wat and Borobudur as common tourism sites in the one destination concept,” she said.
Ms Rizki said connectivity was the main challenge in promoting tourism between Indonesia and Cambodia due to the lack of direct flights.
However, she said the ITTT was working to overcome this. “In our Ministry of Tourism, we have a team to push for cooperation from our airlines,” she said.
Indonesian Ambassador Pitono Purnomo said it was the first time that the ITTT 2017 was held in Cambodia.
“I would like to encourage Cambodian travel agents to explore more Indonesian tourism products and holiday packages. We would also like to reciprocate in a similar manner,” said Mr Purnomo.
“One concrete example is to explore the possibility of joint holiday or tourism packages, such as between our sister temples of Borobudur in Indonesia and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.”
According to the Cambodian Tourism Ministry, in 2016 a total of 48,771 Indonesian tourists visited Cambodia, up about 13 percent compared with 2015.
About 5,000 Cambodian tourists visited Indonesia out of 1.4 million Cambodians who visited foreign countries.