Senior members of the Cambodia tourism industry and the Ministry of Tourism are meeting to discuss the future of tourism in the country post Covid-19.
Initial plans are likely to focus on Siem Reap and Angkor Wat in the last quarter of this year before a wider reopening in 2022.
Alternate plans could see a wider reopening but would only allow fully vaccinated tourists from low-risk countries with either a short quarantine or, ideally, no quarantine at all.
“We are ready to work with the government to build trust with tourists. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We have to regroup to reorganise our services together to receive tourists.” she said, stressing that Siem Reap’s tourism sector is in dire need of rescue.”
“All enterprises need to be prepared in advance, being that the initial reopening of tourism is crucial for providing a sense of confidence to tourists.”
“At the same time, the public sector is making arrangements ahead of time to welcome tourists, such as cutting bureaucracy at international checkpoints.”Chhay Sivlin, President Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA)
Unlike some countries, including Thailand, who have spoken about attracting high-value tourists, the plans in Cambodia seem to be looking at package tours at “reasonable” prices.
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