The government has set up an inter-ministerial working group for the management and development of tourism and ecotourism.
Tourism Minister Thong Khon is the president of the new working group, with Environment Minister Say Samal as the permanent vice-president and Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon as vice-president.
“Minister for the Council of Ministers, Economy and Finance Minister, Tourism Minister, Ministers from all Ministries, relevant Heads of institutions and individuals shall be responsible for the implementation of this decision respectively, from the date of signature,” said the directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The working group aims to provide awareness, promote tourism and ecotourism, monitor all tourism development projects, prepare any necessary legal regulations to manage tourism and ecotourism, and update policies and national strategic projects for tourism development.
Mr Khon could not be reached for comment.
Chhay Sivlin, President of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, expressed support for the working group.
“I think it will help the tourism community,” she said.
“If there is a special task force for supporting the tourism community, we expect that this team will go to help local community.”
In the first seven months of 2017, Cambodia received more than 3 million international tourists, an increase of 12.8 percent compared with the same period last year.