Cambodia has been hosting the 40th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF 2022) from Jan. 16 to 22 in Preah Sihanouk province under the theme “ASEAN – A community of peace and shared future.”

The official opening ceremony took place this evening in Sihanoukville under the presidency of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and ASEAN Chair 2022.

Speaking on the occasion, Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed warm welcome to all national and international delegates and highly appreciated the latter for travelling to attend the forum in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.

This reflects the common commitment to restore the ASEAN tourism, aiming to bring prosperity and growth to the ASEAN people, he underlined.

This important event is a good opportunity to reopen ASEAN tourism officially and reaffirm Cambodia as a safe tourism destination in the region, said recently H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism.

Some 100 national and international delegates are physically attending the ATF 2022 and other related meetings.

Buyers from 40 companies and 20 media institutions from 27 countries will participate in the TRAVEX — the forum’s travel trade fair that will host 187 stands, including 61 international stands.

The AFT 2022 will go along with side meetings, such as the Meeting of ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (NTOs); the Meetings of ASEAN Tourism Ministers, ASEAN + China, Korea, Japan Tourism Ministers, ASEAN + Russia Tourism Ministers, ASEAN + India Tourism Ministers.

According to its online source, The ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as one tourist destination. This annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 member states of ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

ATF was established in 1981. Each year, the hosting of ATF is rotated among the member countries.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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