Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, delivered his opening remarks on the occasion of the 40th edition of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2022. Under the theme “ASEAN – A Community of Peace and Shared Future”, the event was attended by over 600 excellencies, ministers, and tourism leaders of ASEAN Member States, leaders of the World Tourism Organization and ASEAN Tourism Association, and international guests.

ATF is a cooperative regional effort to promote the ASEAN region as one tourist destination where Asian hospitality and cultural diversity are at their best. Guests were treated to songs and a myriad of cultural performances, such as the Apsara Dance of the Great Empire, Rumduol-Flower National Dance, as well as a beautiful display of fireworks.

In his speech, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia called on the ASEAN Tourism Ministers and ASEAN health institutions to study and develop a common system for the certification of full vaccination (Vaccination Passport or Digital Health Pass) for the ASEAN region. He also urged ASEAN to consider the gradual easing of travel restrictions, no doubt with high vigilance. He remarked: “As the Chair of ASEAN for the third time in 2022, Cambodia will promote, accelerate and harmonize efforts to revitalize all sectors to build a sustainable, inclusive and resilient ASEAN community after the COVID-19 crisis in line with the theme “ASEAN A.C.T.: Addressing Challenges Together”.

The 25th ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting, the 21st ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Ministers Meeting, the 9th ASEAN Plus India Tourism Ministers Meeting, the 1st ASEAN Plus Russian Federation Ministers The meeting (19 January 2021) saw a turn out of 100 in-person participants, while meetings with plus countries and dialogue partners were conducted through an online platform.

More than just a physical event, in line with the current trend of complementing physical events with a digital experience, the Organisers have also provided delegates with a digital platform to organise additional business appointments with industry colleagues who are not able to be physically present at TRAVEX, the annual ASEAN leisure travel trade fair showcasing the latest Southeast Asia travel experiences.

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