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Cambodia Hosts 40th ASEAN Tourism Forum


Cambodia hosts the 40th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) from 16 – 22 January 2022, at Sokha Beach Resort, Sihanoukville under the theme ASEAN – A Community of Peace and Shared Future.

H.E. Dr. THONG Khon, Minister of Tourism, Royal Government of Cambodia, announced, “On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia, it is my honour to officially announce that Cambodia is ready to host the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 (ATF 2022) in Sihanoukville (see main picture). This coastal city has grown to become a leading international and national centre of trade, commerce, and tourism. It is also one of the most culturally varied and dynamic population centres in Cambodia.

“Since the health of travellers is our utmost concern, we have put together a plan to rebuild the tourism sector safely through stringent hygiene safeguards to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and instil reassurance among our community.”

On 15 November 2021, Cambodia re-opened to fully vaccinated international travellers under a Safe and Clean tourism campaign, which is a welcome step towards tourism recovery and sustainability in the ASEAN region and beyond.

According to statistics from The Ministry of Health of Cambodia, more than 90 per cent of Cambodia’s 16 million population have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of 10 January 2022.

“We are committed to run the ATF 2022 in a safe physical format,” H.E. Dr. THONG Khon continued. “All attendees will be reminded to wear their masks, and be observed for safe distancing. All frequent touch points at the venue will also undergo a regular sanitisation and disinfection and three DOs and three DON’Ts protocol.

“I look forward to welcoming all delegates to ATF 2022 in Cambodia, Kingdom of Wonder, Feel the Warmth.”

As the pivotal travel trade platform for the ASEAN and Southeast Asia region, the ATF 2022 will congregate 350 participants from more than 27 countries and regions. These include tourism leaders and officials, international buyers, exhibitors, media as well as trade visitors and passionate travellers from the tourism industry.

The official ASEAN NTO Meetings for the development of work programmes that aim to foster ASEAN Tourism Recovery and a more resilient future, Tourism Ministerial Meetings and Associations Meetings will take place from 16 to 20 January 2022 while TRAVEX will be held from 19 to 20 January 2022.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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