Published on : Thursday, August 31, 2017
Vietnam’s General Department of Tourism, under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism met with officials from with Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism and the Embassy of Vietnam in Cambodia for the event hosted in Phnom Penh to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic relations.
There were conversations regarding the plans to boost the two-way tourism and connection of the tourist routes amongst the popular holiday destinations of these two countries.
Addressing the event, Vietnam National Administration Tourism deputy director general, Ha Van Sieu, stressed the importance of cooperation to ensure tourism could prosper.
He emphasised the need to enhance Vietnam’s tourism image so more Cambodians would visit the country.
“Our priority should be to connect destinations in the two countries by creating routes that will attract not only Cambodians and Vietnamese to explore, but also international travellers.”
Cambodia witnessed Vietnam as the top source of travel in 2016 and the exchange of visits reached a whooping 1.17 million. Cambodia, today, is among the top 15 supply markets for travel to Vietnam.
Since Vietnam is fast emerging as an important outbound travel market for ASEAN neighbouring countries, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand is also witnessing a strong increases in tourist arrivals.
Cambodian Minister of Tourism, Thong Khon, noted that in 2016, Cambodia welcomed over 5 million international visitors (up 5% over 2015), of which Vietnam was the top market with 960,000 travellers.
“Cambodia and Vietnam have a lot of tourism potential… we should continue to increase direct air routes and promote road and river connections. Launching new tourism products especially the promotion of beaches in the two countries will boost tourism growth in the region,” he said.
Officials attending the event emphasised the need to urgently identify overland travel routes and products that could be exploited to boost travel from Cambodia through the Mekong Delta region to Ho Chi Minh City.