Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong said yesterday the appointment of Tourism Minister Thong Khon as a member of the European Tourism Academy will add to efforts to transform the country into a world-class tourism destination.
Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong was accompanied by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, president of ECTT, at the event.
“I believe that under the leadership of now Academician Khon, the cooperation between the council and the Ministry of Tourism will be further strengthened and will help transform Cambodia into a world-class tourist destination,” he said.
“I would like to thank the council, especially Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, who has always supported Cambodia and considered us a model for the world in tourism.
“Tourism has contributed significantly to the socio-economic development of Cambodia by creating jobs, increasing people’s incomes and making Cambodia the most attractive tourist destination in the world,” he said.
Minister and Academician Thong Khon said the government considers the tourism sector as “green gold” that supports economic growth and social development, creates employment, aids poverty reduction, and boosts regional integration.
According to forecasts, 6.2 million foreign tourists will visit Cambodia each year by 2018 and 7 million by 2020.
By 2030, Cambodia will welcome an estimated 15 million foreign visitors, bringing in a total of $10 billion and creating 2 million jobs.
Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong congratulating the neweest Academician of the Kingdom Dr. Thong Khon and expressing gratitude to H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade for his continuous support for the Cambodia`s development.