National Eco-Tourism Policy, a Key Strategy to Promote Eco-tourism Community Development

AKP Phnom Penh, The draft National Eco-Tourism Policy 2019-2023, approved by the Cabinet Ministers in a meeting here yesterday, is a key strategy to boost the development of eco-tourism communities.

According to a press release of the Office of the Council of Ministers issued after the meeting, this document will play a role as an important road map toward the harmonisation between economic development and people's welfare and living standard improvement.

It will also contribute to building green economy in Cambodia which will support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2030.

Under this draft policy, Cambodia is expected to attract 3 million foreign visitors to eco-tourism destinations by 2020, 4 million by 2025, and 6 million by 2030 as well as 10 million local visitors in the same year.

In the first nine months of this year, Cambodia welcomed 4.37 million international tourists, up nearly 12 percent compared to the same period in 2017.

With 5.6 million international visitors to the Kingdom last year, Cambodia has set to attract at least 6.2 million foreign tourists for 2018, 10 million for 2025, and 15 million by 2030, generating a total income of some US$10 billion and 2 million direct jobs.

Currently, Cambodia has 56 tourism and eco-tourism communities in 16 provinces.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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