The change in political leadership brought about by the recent Thai elections is already being felt in the Cambodian tourism industry.
Cambodian and Thai tour and travel operators are scheduled to meet over the weekend to discuss ways to boost the two neighboring countries’ tourism after being affected by continuous border dispute since 2008, the Chairman of Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA) Ang Kim Eang said Tuesday.
The one-day meeting will be held on Aug. 27 in coastal Preah Sihanouk province, some 230 kilometers southwest of Phnom Penh, he said, adding that it will bring together 28 Cambodian tour and travel agents and 66 Thai travel agents.
“As military tension over the border conflict has eased and normalcy has returned to border, the two countries’ travel associations want to create close connection to boost respective tourism,” he said, “Both sides will promote each country’s tourism destinations and seek partners for cooperation.”
This really can’t happen fast enough. According to Ministry of Tourism figures, arrivals from Thailand were down a whopping 36% over the first two quarters of 2011. Once a leader on par with Vietnam, Thailand no longer even ranks top 10.