Tourism Minister Veng Sereyvuth said Monday he will use his attendance at an upcoming conference in Japan to draw more attention to the first world tourism conference in Siem Reap, planned for mid-December.
He and two other Cambodian officials will be among hundreds of representatives from more than 100 member states of the World Tourism Organization to attend the two-day its Asia-Pacific regional meeting in Japan on Wednesday and Thursday.
“The Japan conference will be a great opportunity for us to make an international announcement of the Siem Reap conference,” he said, referring to the group’s International Conference of Cultural Tourism at Angkor Wat set for Dec 11 to Dec 13.
The Siem Reap conference will be an opportunity to discuss the growing world interest in cultural tourism and what tourism officials must do to develop tourism while preserving cultural heritage, Veng Sereyvuth said.
He said Angkor Wat is an ideal host for conference because it is becoming one of the world’s greatest destinations in cultural tourism. More tourists are visiting Angkor Wat each year. According to the ministry’s latest report, about 226,000 foreign visitors arrived in Cambodia from January through August this year, an increase of more than 35 percent from last year. One in five visitors flew directly to Siem Reap.
More than 100 countries are expected to attend the Siem Reap conference, officials said.
have been invited to the conference where participants will present slide shows and case studies of development.
In Japan, Cambodian representatives will circulate promotional materials on the Siem Reap conference to invite more member states to Angkorian temples, the minister said.