The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) reiterated its commitment to boost tourism between Vietnam and Cambodia on July 20.
This was discussed during a meeting between Ministry of Tourism undersecretary of state Thok Sokhom and VNAT vice-chairman Ha Van Sieu, who works under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Vietnam. The conference was held in conjunction with the current “Cambodian Tourism Roadshow,” which took place from July 18-22 in the Vietnamese city of Can Tho.
Cambodia will host the Sea Festival, Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and ASEAN Para Games in 2023, as well as the Asian Youth Games in 2029, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 22.
This year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Cambodia and Vietnam on June 24, 1967.
The authorities stated that they will collaborate to promote tourism during the World Travel Market London, which will be held from November 7 to 9 in the United Kingdom.
Sieu also solicited Cambodia’s assistance for Vietnam’s participation in the “Cambodian Tourism Roadshow” in October in Phnom Penh.
In addition, they decided to disseminate information on the relaxation of travel restrictions in Cambodia and Vietnam as a result of Covid-19 steps to make tourists feel more at ease. The elimination of quarantines for unvaccinated immigrants, who are now merely obliged to do a quick test, is one of the eased measures.
Fully vaccinated travelers in Cambodia need just present their vaccination cards in order to go anywhere in the country.
In an effort to enhance tourism, they also reviewed the processes for cross-border self-driving excursions from both sides of the border. According to the ministry, both nations are actively building hard and soft infrastructure in the southwestern part of Cambodia to connect Cambodia’s Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, and Kep provinces to Vietnam’s Kien Giang province and Can Tho city.
Both parties pledged to increase cooperation on air, land, and sea travel links. They also agreed to facilitate travel at border crossings and allowed extended visa stays for Cambodians seeking medical care in Vietnam.
The ministry announced that Cambodia would participate in the International Travel Expo (ITE HCMC) 2022 from September 6 to 11 in Ho Chi Minh City. On September 8, the REX Hotel will hold an event titled “Cambodia Night” as part of the exhibition.
The Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) will be held from October 11-14 in the Vietnamese city of Hoi An, according to the ministry.
Sokhom told The Post that Vietnamese tourism officials and business players are keenly interested in the Kingdom’s tourism potential and the “Cambodian Tourism Roadshow,” and a number of them have expressed a desire to invest in the sector as well as others such as coffee production and seafood processing.
He also expressed optimism that ITE HCMC 2022, “Cambodia Night,” and MTF will be excellent opportunities to encourage more Vietnamese tourists to travel to neighboring Cambodia.
Ho Vandy, a representative of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, praised the “Cambodian Tourism Roadshow” as a chance to showcase the Kingdom’s new tourism offerings.
Vandy stated that Vietnam is anticipated to reduce Covid restrictions to the level of Cambodia, which he predicted would result in an increase in tourism boom from the neighboring nation. Prior to Covid-19, Vietnam was regarded as Cambodia’s second largest tourism source market.
According to the tourism ministry, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand have also created the Cambodia-Vietnam-Thailand Economic Corridor (CVTEC), which promotes the circulation of visitors between the three countries.
Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat provinces in Thailand; Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, and Kep provinces in Cambodia; and Kien Giang province and Can Tho city in Vietnam are engaged in the CVTEC.