Cambodia strengthens tourism cooperation with Thailand, Vietnam

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Cambodia will further strengthen its tourism sector cooperation with Thailand and Vietnam as the country seeks to attract ten million international tourists in 2025 and up to 15 million in 2030. These numbers should be reached from 5.6 million international tourists last year, which translated in earnings of $3.6 billion or 12 per cent of the country’s GDP.

With Thailand, Cambodia will facilitate travel, improve the visa process and border crossings, promote the potential for reciprocal tourism, single-visa use and participation in tourism exhibitions. Cambodia Association of Travel Agents president Chhay Sivlin said strengthening cooperation with Thailand was “critical” for the sector.

“Thailand has a lot of people and many international direct flights, so if we have good cooperation and use of the single visa, it will help Cambodia get more tourists,” she said, adding that Cambodia and Thailand are currently seeking ways to implement the single-visa system.

In Vietnam, the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism aims to promote Cambodian tourist products and services according to a “Two Countries, One Destination” joint tourism plan. At the 2018 Cambodian Travel Mart exhibition held earlier in October, Vietnam’s national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents to introduce its services to Cambodian customers.

Currently, Vietnam ranked second in the number of foreign tourists to Cambodia, after China, while Thailand ranked fifth behind South Korea and Laos.

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Cambodia will further strengthen its tourism sector cooperation with Thailand and Vietnam as the country seeks to attract ten million international tourists in 2025 and up to 15 million in 2030. These numbers should be reached from 5.6 million international tourists last year, which translated in earnings of $3.6 billion or 12 per cent of the country’s GDP.

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Cambodia will further strengthen its tourism sector cooperation with Thailand and Vietnam as the country seeks to attract ten million international tourists in 2025 and up to 15 million in 2030. These numbers should be reached from 5.6 million international tourists last year, which translated in earnings of $3.6 billion or 12 per cent of the country’s GDP.

With Thailand, Cambodia will facilitate travel, improve the visa process and border crossings, promote the potential for reciprocal tourism, single-visa use and participation in tourism exhibitions. Cambodia Association of Travel Agents president Chhay Sivlin said strengthening cooperation with Thailand was “critical” for the sector.

“Thailand has a lot of people and many international direct flights, so if we have good cooperation and use of the single visa, it will help Cambodia get more tourists,” she said, adding that Cambodia and Thailand are currently seeking ways to implement the single-visa system.

In Vietnam, the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism aims to promote Cambodian tourist products and services according to a “Two Countries, One Destination” joint tourism plan. At the 2018 Cambodian Travel Mart exhibition held earlier in October, Vietnam’s national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents to introduce its services to Cambodian customers.

Currently, Vietnam ranked second in the number of foreign tourists to Cambodia, after China, while Thailand ranked fifth behind South Korea and Laos.

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