Travel Mart to showcase tourism

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Tourism is one of the pillars of the Cambodian economy.

Tourism is one of the pillars of the Cambodian economy.

Cambodia hopes to attract some 200 international companies to participate in the first Cambodia Travel Mart (CTM) event to be held in November this year. 

 The show, which is co-organised by the Ministry of Tourism, local events company Slickbooth Holdings and Singapore’s TTG Asia Media, will be held from November 17 to 19 in Siem Reap. 

 Tourism minister Thong Khon said on Monday that the event promises to be the best tourism business platform in Southeast Asia, since it will allow buyers and sellers from different countries to access networking and business opportunities.

 “Cambodia Travel Mart 2017 will not only serve as the tourism product platform for the region, but will allow us to promote our tourism sector. All local tour operators, companies and tourism associations should participate in the event in order to promote their services,” he said. 

 “It is good opportunity for us. If you joined an event like this abroad, it would cost a lot, but now we can offer this kind of thing at home to develop tourism here.”  

 Luu Meng, co-chairman of the joint private sector and government working group on tourism, also urged local tourism companies to participate in the event. 

 “There will be great benefits not only for your companies but also for the economy,” he said. 

 Mr Khon said the government is currently focussing on attracting more Chinese tourists, which Western nations are also doing. 

 He said he hoped 80 percent of the firms that register for the CTM event will be tour operators, with 40 percent coming from China and 20 percent from foreign countries outside of Asia.

 Cambodia last year recorded around 900,000 Chinese tourist arrivals and the kingdom is on track by 2020 to host about seven million foreign tourists, with two million of them coming from mainland China, according to the Tourism Ministry.

Read full article at Khmer Times: http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/39749/travel-mart-to-showcase-tourism/

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