GMS Countries Share Experience on Tourism Recovery during and after COVID-19 Crisis

AKP Phnom Penh, August 26, 2020 —

Senior tourism officials of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) –China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam have met via video conference in the First Destination Mekong Summit to discuss tourism recovery during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

Cambodia was represented by H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism.

The meeting, held on Aug. 25, touched upon 10 topics ranging from policies taken by the governments of the GMS countries to resolution to impacts caused by the crisis and regional tourism recovery.

On the occasion, H.E. Thong Khon laid stress on the preventive measures set forth by the Royal Government, the Ministry of Health, with support from the World Health Organisation as well as the Safety Tourism measures at tourism sites, tourism communities, accommodation and food service bases, and land and water transport services.

The Ministry of Tourism has boosted domestic tourist movement along with strengthening the Tourism Safety measures to keep the national tourism alive.

The meeting noted that the infection rate in the GMS is very low compared with that of other regions, anyway the region has not yet dared to receive foreign tourists as the risk of imported cases is still high.

For Cambodia, continued H.E. Minister, even though it is not yet possible to welcome international tourists, the Kingdom is constantly preparing itself such as strengthening Tourism Safety measures, encouraging investment on creation of new and highly safe tourism products, promoting the use of digital technology among citizens to catch up with the Industrial Revolution 4.0, training more human resources in the tourism sector, boosting investment in agriculture, containing and preventing the COVID-19 pandemic, especially community transmission.

H.E. Thong Khon recalled the recent five-day holiday of the Khmer New Year break compensation, during which some 1.4 million people travelled across the country. The most important thing is that no positive case of COVID-19 has been detected on any Cambodian or tourist during that period, he underlined.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, at the same meeting, the Thai side suggested the “Green Travel Bubble” tourism policy on a bilateral or trilateral basis, and if it is successful it could be extended to a multilateral level.

(Photo: Ministry of Tourism)

By Phal Sophanith