Published on : Saturday, January 29, 2022
A campaign named, “Cambodia: Safe and Green Tourism Destination” was launched in Phnom Penh on Thursday, aiming toward reviving the Covid-19 hit tourism industry, said Tourism Minister Thong Khon.
Speaking at the launch event held via video conference, Khon said that for the past two years, many tourism businesses closed with tens of thousands of employees losing their jobs.
“This campaign is a strategy to attract tourists from around the world as well as from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to Cambodia,” Khon said.
Fully-vaccinated tourists can visit Cambodia without quarantine, said the minister, advising all tourism-related businesses to implement tourism safety measures and standard operating procedures successfullyfor curbing the spread of Covid.
Tourism is one of the four pillars supporting Cambodia’s economy. The country witnessed 6.61 million international tourists in 2019, generating gross revenue of $4.92 billion, said the tourism ministry.
But due to the pandemic, the sector attracted only 163,366 foreign visitors during the January-November period in 2021, dropping by 87 per cent from 1.28 million over the same period in 2020.
Cambodia is famous for its three world heritage sites, namely the Angkor Archaeological Park, the PreahVihear temple, and the SamborPreiKuk Archaeological Site. Besides, it has a 450-kms pristine coastline stretching across four southwestern provinces.
The Southeast Asian nation opened its door to fully-vaccinated travelers in November last year after most of its population had been vaccinated against Covid.