06 Jul 2012
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has underlined the country’s tourism development and promotion goals.
“Tourism is Cambodia’s green gold,” said the Cambodian premier at the recapitulative meeting of the Ministry of Tourism held here yesterday at Chaktomuk Conference Hall.
On the occasion, Samdech Techo Hun Sen gave key recommendations to the Ministry of Tourism and other relevant institutions in order to ensure Cambodia’s sustainable tourism development including strengthening the quality of tourism products and services, creating new tourism products, organizing tourism events, strengthening human resource, attracting more direct flights from ASEAN, ASEAN+3, Europe, etc.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, in the first five months of this year, Cambodia received around 1.5 million foreign tourists, up 25 percent if compared to the same period of last year.
In 2012, some 3.3 million international visitors are expected to visit Cambodia, and this figure will reach 3,8 million in 2013, and 4.5 million in 2015. By 2020, it is estimated that the country would attract 7 million foreign tourists, generating US$5billion revenue and creating some 800,000 jobs.