Cambodia regarded best tourism destination 2016

Published on : Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cambodia AngkorCambodia has been named as the world’s best tourism destination for 2016 by the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT).

 

 

Cambodia took the top spot out of the 30 countries competing for the illustrious award. The country presented its report for the competition under the title ‘Cambodia: The Land of Magic-The Place Where Gods And Kings Build the World!’

 

 

It is an outstanding destination that has gained the travellers attention owing to its safety factor. Its rich cultural and historical legacy and outstanding natural beauty won it this prestigious accolade.

 

 

Cambodia is renowned for two cultural sites in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. One is the 12th century Angkor Archeological Park in Siem Reap province and the other is the 11th century Preah Vihear Temple in Preah Vihear province.

 

Besides, the Southeast Asian nation has many interesting eco-tourism sites, including a 450-km pristine coastline stretching across four provinces in the country’s southwestern part.

 

The country attracted some 4.8 million foreign tourists in 2015, earning gross revenue of more than $3 billion, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

 

Pavel Avramoiu, director for Hotel Management and Evaluation at ECTT, said Cambodia has huge potential for tourism development.

 

“Cambodia, now proclaimed World Best Tourist Destination, must transform this perfect opportunity and universal limelight in a base for attracting investors in the field of hotels and hospitality to cater for the millions that will find their ways to the Kingdom of Wonders and Land of Magic,” he said.

 

Last year’s award winner was the African country of Ethiopia.

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