Phnom Penh has hosted the first ever Sino-Cambodia Tourism Summit � a mechanism that maximises mutual tourism benefit through the world-known Silk Road initiative of the People's Republic of China � under the theme Embracing the Opportunity of Tourism Development on the Silk Road.
The counterpart delegations of the two countries were led by Cambodia's Minister of Tourism H.E. Thong Khon and visiting H.E. Du Jiang, Vice Chairman of China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).
Presiding over the session held late last week, Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Hor Namhong spoke highly of the long-lasting and comprehensive relationship between Cambodia and China and looked ahead to more blossoming cooperation in the future, including the area of tourism.
The Silk Road initiative of China allows physical connections of the country with the world through various infrastructures toward broader partnership for sustainable economic development.
According to H.E. Thong Khon, for the first three months of 2018, over 500,000 Chinese tourists visited Cambodia � an increase of about 85 percent compared to the same period in 2017.
Cambodia anticipates around two million visitors from China among the targeted 6.1 million international tourists for 2018.
Some 135 million Chinese visited the world in 2017 and approximately US$261 billion was spent by Chinese tourists in Asia alone.
Both Cambodian and Chinese sides were optimistic that the forum will contribute positively to further boosting tourism in the two countries.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press