2021 marks 40 years of active collaboration between ASEAN member states to promote Southeast Asia as a single destination and drive the region’s sustainable travel and tourism sector. It is with great pride that we host this significant milestone in Cambodia – Kingdom of Wonder.
Themed “ASEAN - A Community of Peace and Shared Future”, ATF 2021 echoes the vision of tourism playing a key role to foster a unified and collaborative ASEAN. Tourism sows the seeds of a shared future of peace that can bring about economic growth, social and cultural development and progress in the region.
Tourism plays an increasingly important role in Cambodia's national, economic and social development. It is our top priority to build and develop the necessary tourism infrastructure to help drive this industry forward. We have sensibly invested in pro-poor, sustainable and responsible community-based tourism development projects in north-eastern provinces in partnership with international organisations and development partners such as ADB, UNWTO and SNV. We believe this will create positive results analogous to global and regional tourism development trends for the present and in the future, and more importantly, sustain ASEAN tourism’s contribution towards the realisation of ASEAN integration goals in 2025.
As one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in Southeast Asia, we welcome you to strengthen travel partnerships at ATF 2021 and also discover the rich Cambodian heritage, culture and nature that will offer a cultural and eco-tourism experience that are both dynamic and sustainable.
Minister of Tourism, Cambodia