Travel expo to boast 200 exhibitors

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Tourists visit the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.
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This year’s Cambodia Travel Mart, to be held in the capital in October, will attract 6,000 participants from 60 countries, the Minister of Tourism said yesterday during a press conference.

The third edition of the expo will be held in Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel and will boast 200 booths, mainly from Asian and European companies, Minister Thong Khon said.

He said the event brings together local and international buyers, suppliers, trade professionals, and media partners to network and exchange information on the latest tourism developments in the country.

The minister added that it aims to promote Cambodia’s tourism potential to the world by improving commercial relations with international companies.

The expo also helps generate more tour packages that include Cambodia, which ensures the number of tourist arrivals keeps increasing, he said.

“CTM 2019 is the best platform for local and international exhibitors to promote their products and services, network, and find new business opportunities.”

Of all expected 200 booths, local tourism organisations will occupy 42 percent, hotels and resorts 32 percent, travel agencies 14 percent, and airlines 10 percent.

Around 66 percent of participants are expected to come from Asia, 23 percent from Europe, and the rest from North America, Australia, and South America.

Clais Chenda, president of the Hotel Association of Cambodia, said, “Cambodia’s tourism sector has significantly developed and improved because the government and the private sector have promoted tourism services.

“We have to continue promoting our tourism products and services to the world to keep attracting tourists to the Kingdom.”

Chhay Sivlin, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, urged local travel agencies to attend the event to meet new business partners.

“It is a good opportunity for local and foreign firms to improve their understanding of the latest developments in the local tourism sector.

“They will have a chance to meet potential new business partners,” Ms Sivlin added.

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