via Phnom Penh Post, 15 November 2023: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet has emphasized the importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of tourists as part of the country’s tourism industry recovery efforts post-Covid-19. During the 19th Government-Private Sector Forum, Manet highlighted the need for practical measures to enhance tourism, including the establishment of a dedicated committee and the launch of the “Visit Siem Reap 2024” campaign.
The request was made as he addressed the 19th Government-Private Sector Forum, held at the Peace Palace on November 13. Manet acknowledged that although the number of domestic and international tourists travelling in Cambodia has increased, they have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels.
“We have established a committee which will prepare mechanisms that will lead to practical activities, as we cannot just make plans on paper. We need to make sure our house is in order before we invite guests to visit. If we are not prepared to greet them well, they may tell others not to visit,” he said.
He also announced the “Visit Siem Reap 2024” campaign, which aims to promote tourism activities in Siem Reap, the home of the cultural jewels of the Angkor Archaeological Park, and the backbone of Cambodia’s tourism industry. He made it clear that the government is not only concerned about Siem Reap, but that it will serve as a model for other provinces.