Tourism Ministry Holds a Forum with Tour Operators and Travel Agents

A forum on Dialogue with Tour Operators and Travel Agents was organised here this morning under the presidency of H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism.

This forum, the first of its kind, was held along with the dissemination of regulations related to tour operators and travel agents.

Tourism is one of the main driven forces of Cambodian economy.

Cambodia currently has 1,429 tourist attractions, of which only 335 sites have licenses. There are a total of 647 hotels of 36,236 rooms, 1,996 guesthouses of 28,885 rooms, 688 adult entertainment centres, and 1,844 restaurants across the Kingdom.

Besides, Cambodia has 588 tour agencies, 32 tourism sports sites, and 5,088 tour guides.

According to the Ministry of Tourism's figure, Cambodia welcomed 5.2 million tourists last year � a five percent increase compared to the year before; and the country is expecting 7 million visitors by 2020. To further strengthen this industry, the ministry has set a target to have at least 300,000 qualified tour guides in 2025 to work both within the country and the region.

An additional of 50,000 guides are needed every year as more and more visitors are coming to Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press