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Published on : Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Former Filipino president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called for the greater tourism cooperation between Cambodia and Philippines as there is a probability to increase the number of direct flights between both the countries.
Ms Macapagal-Arroyo made the remarks on Saturday during a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Pampanga province, the Philippines. Ms Macapagal-Arroyo said that they call for the implementation of the Philippines-Cambodia Tourism Cooperation 2016-2020 programme.
This joint tourism plan aims to revitalize the tourism industries between the two countries.
The Philippines-Cambodia Tourism Cooperation 2016-2020 programme was one of four agreements signed during a state visit by President Rodrigo Duterte to Cambodia last December.
She added that there is an another goal of the programme to enhance the exchange programme for Filipino and Cambodian hospitality and tourism students.
Ho Vandy, the secretary general of the Cambodian National Tourism Alliance, said that the completion of the tourism cooperation programme would result in more tourists for both sides. He said that if there is cooperation on tourism, which is further enhanced, it will bring more Filipino tourists and businessmen to Phnom Penh.
There is a lack of direct flights connecting all the capitals of both countries is keeping potential passengers who do not want layovers while travelling between Cambodia and the Philippines, said Mr Vandy, adding that tour packages to the Philippines are scarce compared with those available for other countries in Asean, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
However, the passengers wishing to travel between both nations can board a direct flight operated by low-cost airline Cebu Pacific Air that connects Siem Reap and Manila four times a week.
Last year, this South Asian nation, Cambodia received about 100,000 Filipino tourists, a 27 percent increase compared with 2015.