Cambodian Tourism Minister Asks Japan to Promote Tourism Cooperation

Cambodia's Minister of Tourism H.E. Thong Khon received here on Friday last week newly appointed Japanese Ambassador H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi.

According to the ministry's news release, in the meeting, H.E. Thong Khon, called on the Japanese ambassador to further help boosting and strengthening the cooperation on tourism sector.

H.E. Thong Khon also briefed his guest on tourism potential of mangrove forests in Koh Kong province, and requested H.E Hidehisa Horinouchi to promote this tourist destination to the Japanese tourists, and to encourage Japanese investors to invest in this southwestern province in order to transform it into a tourist attraction.

For his part, H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi expressed his support to the minister's ideas and affirmed Japan's assistance to Cambodian sports sector.

The tourism relation between Cambodia and Japan saw much progressing this year. The two countries have recently launched the direct flight between Phnom Penh-Tokyo.

In the first ten months of 2016, Cambodia received some 4 million tourists, including 150,914 Japanese visitors. Cambodia hoped to attract about 300,000 Japanese visitors by 2020.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press