PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA – WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTE PRESIDENT GIVES WELCOMING  SPEECH FOR ACADEMICIAN HUN SEN

PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA – WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTE PRESIDENT GIVES WELCOMING SPEECH FOR ACADEMICIAN HUN SEN

President Dr. Anton Caragea –European Council on Tourism and Trade, Academician Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy delivered a joint eulogy in the Phnom Penh Peace Palace on the occasion of the award of the prestigious title of ACADEMICIAN to Cambodia`s Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. Hun Sen.

 

WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTE has a new academician-Samdech HUN SEN of Cambodia

Two Presidents have gather to pay homage to the new member of European Tourism Academy: Cambodia`s Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. Hun Sen.

 

World Tourism Institution-European Council on Tourism and Trade  President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea took part in the ceremony awarding the ACADEMICIAN title to Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. Hun Sen in the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, together with European Tourism Academy Director-Academician Mircea Constantinescu and European Council on Tourism and Trade high-ranking delegates: Pavel Avramoiu, Ioan Matei, ECTT Chairman -Mihai Prundianu .

The Kingdom of Cambodia Prime Minister has been awarded the HONORARY ACADEMICIAN title for “ in clear appreciation of your influential vision in carving cultural and heritage of Cambodia as conducive instruments in building tourism and in insuring development for your people.

 

World Tourism Institution President-Professor Dr. Anton on the venue of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION ceremony

World Tourism Institution-European Council on Tourism and Trade  President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea took part in the ceremony awarding the ACADEMICIAN title to Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. Hun Sen in the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh.

 

This outstanding vision has being transformed in a general politic and enacted under your leadership as a world instrument for development during 2015 – World Conference on Tourism and Culture ”.

The Presidents of the two world tourism institutions – all of whom are themselves previous recipients of the Academician title – were invited to address a joint eulogy for this year’s laureate.

In his part of the speech, President Anton Caragea underlined that Prime Minister of Cambodia -Samdech HUN SEN made it possible for the international community to carve out the first world level instruments in developing tourism, creating the basis of sustainable tourism on the pillars of cultural richness, religious tolerance and historical platform.

Thunderous appaluses for President Anton Caragea statement- Cambodia is World Best Tourist Destination in 2016

Thunderous applause for a new world leader: H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. Hun Sen

In the new millennium Cultural and Historical Tourism becomes the beacon on which the life of billions of people’s is improved and enriched.

Cultural tourism is today a part of nation building and an intricate part of the nation’s international image.

In today`s world, a nation cannot project his external dimension, and cannot imagine his diplomatic activity in the absence of promoting his historic patrimony and boost his cultural prowess.

All this policies being transformed in every day dimensions of international activity are fundamentally linked to your visions, your thoughts and your actions.

You have succeeded in engraving your name on the golden list of cultural protectors, offering a special attention to historical patrimony of your country and use it, and preserve it for the benefit of the future generation.

 

World Tourism Institution President and Prime Minister of Cambodia-Dr. HUN SEN

In the spot light: H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. Hun Sen and European Council on Tourism and Trade high-ranking delegates.

 

Your Excellency is part of the special HUMANITY PROTECTORS.

Leaders that are grasping the importance of tourism as the most important part of diplomacy, international relations and raising national profile on world arena.

These leaders must be supported and commanded and offered as a general eexample, concluded his remarks ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

The award ceremony was preceded by a long discussion of the high-ranking delegation with Prime Minister of Cambodia -Samdech HUN SEN.

It was followed by a joint press conference of President Dr. Anton Caragea  Academician Mircea Constantinescu – Academy Director and Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism of Cambodia, country elected as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD`S FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION for 2016.

President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Academician Mircea Constantinescu also wrote a joint articles on this occasion, articles published in several European and world newspapers.

 

They highlight the message of hope that Cambodia has sent to the world as the country: was lifted from the brink of extinction to another horizon of hope and future development and Khmer people is building today the new temples of Phnom Penh: a steel and glass city that will echo the buildings of the past.

This statement of confidence in the bright future of Khmer nation and practical measures put in place, made your country succeeding in the 2016 – WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD competition and be accepted as FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION for your nations incredible weight of culture, history prowess and contribution to humanity legacy.

This is a new momentous achievement for CAMBODIA, a moment that is due to your exertions.

The membership in the European Tourism Academy is awarded every year to honour exceptional work performed in the service of world culture, tourism development and protection of historical patrimony.

JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE TO HONOR WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTION NEW ACADEMICIAN MEMBER- HUN SEN, CAMBODIA`S PRIME MINISTER

JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE TO HONOR WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTION NEW ACADEMICIAN MEMBER- HUN SEN, CAMBODIA`S PRIME MINISTER

The European Tourism Academy has decided to award the title of ACADEMICIAN-Member of honor to Prime Minister Dr. HUN SEN of Kingdom of Cambodia for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people’s.

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The World Tourism Institute has attached special importance to Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. Hun Sen’s vision of and work for a world based on economic development.

The World Tourism Institute has attached special importance to Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. Hun Sen’s vision of and work for a world based on economic development,poor empowerment and for promoting tourism as a tool for understanding among people’s.

Prime Minister Dr. HUN SEN  created a new climate in international development politics.

He supported the inclusion of Millenium Development Goals in Cambodia`s development strategy and advocated the world implementation and adoption of Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr. THONG KHON-Cambodia Minister of Tourism

Dr. THONG KHON-Cambodia Minister of Tourism outlines his country development strategy.

 

Culture and tourism based diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the free travel, open skies policies, and dialogue can play in the development of ASEAN region.

Dialogue and negotiations are Prime Minister Dr. HUN SEN preferred  instruments for resolving all potential conflicts.

The vision of a world based on development, education and open circulation of ideas, good, persons across Asia  are now implemented thanks to Prime Minister Dr. HUN SEN.

Academician Mircea Constantinescu eulogy for H.E. Prime Minister of CAMBODIA

The Director of European Tourism Academy, Academician Professor Mircea Constantinescu announce the world decision to present a new leader on tourism and development-HUN SEN-Prime Minister of Cambodia.

  Cambodia is now playing the role of a model in economic development, social revenues distribution and tourism engagement.

World Tourism Institution President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Prime Minister of Cambodia-Dr. HUN SEN

H.E. President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presents to the world stage light the new leader in tourism and development, the newest Academician-Dr. HUN SEN-Prime Minister of Cambodia.

 

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Prime Minister Dr. HUN SEN captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.

His diplomacy is founded in the concept that culture, historical patrimony,   dialogue and inclusiveness are the real basis for country development and  those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values instilled by culture.

Brussels, June 30, 2016

WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION IN 2016 IS…CAMBODIA!

On June 11, 2016, the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), has taken under consideration the list of candidates for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2016.

Scrutinizing of the candidature files was made, in the initial stages, by the European Tourism Academy team, who drafted a preliminary report disseminated among the ECTT members.

CAMODIA


Academician Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy, presented the list of candidates and the list of reports and accompanying evaluations for each of the 30 countries registered candidatures.

Academician Mircea Constantinescu stressed the need for a strict observance of Chatham House rules of discretion, and also presented the report asking for a candidate country to be disbarred, for not being able to comply with the rules and regulation of World Institution-ECTT.

The motion was adopted and the analysis of remaining 29 countries in competition for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION continued.

ECTT Chairman –Mihai Prundianu stated for the audience the remarkable achievements of the 2015 award winner-The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia who capped 1 million tourists supplementary and derived tourism income in the margin of 2 billion dollars. Addis Ababa became the most rapidly growing city in Africa in the number of tourists.

Ethiopia enjoyed also a large presence in the media with over 120.000 tourism related articles promoting the country as the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION.

Ethiopia has being, surpassing all the countries in the region in terms of tourism, appreciated Academician Mircea Constantinescu.

ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea marked also the world tourism institution determination to continue a special relation with Ethiopia that we come to know and love and who entered in our hearts forever, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

With the acceptance of the report by Chairman Mihai Prundianu on ETHIOPIA, the debate on the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 was declared opened according to the decision of ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

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ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea on the rostrum of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2016

The second day (12 June 2016) of the debate for the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2016 saw Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) presenting the main report, encompassing the decision that emerged as the victorious candidate.

The report was titled: CAMBODIA: THE LAND OF MAGIC- THE PLACE WHERE GOD`S AND KINGS BUILD THE WORLD!

He proposed the Kingdom of CAMBODIA as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 and as receiver of the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2016.

The report noted the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 PRIZE to CAMBODIA:

PREAH VIHEAR

Temple of Preah Vihear- the heart of ancient Indochina

  • The excellent preservation of humanity landmarks such as: the Temple of Preah Vihear- the heart of ancient Indochina.

The temple outstanding history can be traced to the 9th century, when the hermitage was founded.

Today the site is particularly well-preserved and is offering to the visitors an outstanding vision of grandeur, thanks to his exceptional for the quality of its architecture, which is adapted to the natural environment and the religious function of the temple, as well as for the exceptional quality of its carved stone ornamentation.

The Siem Reap province is home to the majestically and unique Angkor Archaeological Park – the residence of the Khmers Kings from 9th to 15th century.

Today this incredible humanity legacy,  stretching over some 400 sq.km, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.

They include the famous Temple of Angkor Watt and Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.

All this sites were recognized as being of world significance and registered as UNESCO World heritage monuments.

Angko Thom

Angkor Thom a temple of world significance and registered as UNESCO World heritage monument

  • The rich cultural and historical legacy of Cambodia is not limited to the previous presented list.

In order to fully grasp the natural potential of Cambodia natural parks and natural reservations we must look at the potential of these regions designated in 1993 Royal Decree on the Protection of Natural Areas.

They are encompassing 23 protected areas, which at the time covered more than 18% of the country’s total land area. The royal decree divides the areas into four distinct categories: natural parks (sometimes described as ‘national parks’), wildlife preserves, protected scenic view areas (sometimes described as ‘protected landscapes’) and multi-purpose areas.

Cambodia is also home to rarely and valuable Ramsar sites rated accordingly to RAMSAR CONVENTION of June 1999:

A stretch along the Mekong River approximately 37 km long and 14,600 hectares in Stung Treng Province

Boeng Chhmar and associated river system and floodplain, 28,000 hectares in Kampong Thom and Siem Reap provinces (part of a designated multiple use area)

Koh Kapik and associated islets, 12,000 hectares in Koh Kong province (part of a designated wildlife sanctuary).

  • Giving tourists access to outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation, and the opportunity to visit extraordinary places.

All these regions and national parks are a model of achieving ecological and green tourism that must be recognized throughout the world.

New prominent landmarks are to be added to UNESCO list such as: Angkor Borei and Phnom Da, the former celebrated as the ancient capital of Kingdom of Cambodia under the name of Vyadhapura and pace at the confluence of Mekong and Stun Sla Ku. This is now home to perfect archaeological treasures like sculptures and stones star-shaped called stelae.

Phnom Da is famous for his caves, the mud tower and the all sought Ashram Maha Rosei, made in long standing stone and celebrated as a model of architectural ingenuity made out of interior monk housing units blending in the exterior wall.

Udong is the former capital of Royal Cambodia in 17th century from 1740 to 1746.

Udong is now a perfect example of a sprawling royal city, but also a royal necropolis gathering the funerary temples of kings that offered to Cambodia a chance of survival in the country darkest times.

Udong is the proof of the resilience and endurance of Khmer spirit in time of peril and dangers.

The project ONE VILLAGE/ONE PRODUCT designed to promote social fair  tourism, to sustain rural production and to bring about the rebirth of traditional craftsmanship created and promoted by H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Cambodia , is a perfect way of sharing revenue, growing income and supporting marginal and rural communities development.

The way in which social-tourism has become the base for local economic development, for empowerment of remote community and supporting educational and vocational projects benefiting the communities, makes social-fair tourism, the lesson that today-the KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA is offering to the world.

Bayon-Temple

The Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations had brought Cambodia on the list of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATIONS

  • The ongoing development and protection of cultural, religious and historical shrines of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the transformation of Angkor Region into a historical and spiritual center, offering to the visitors a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of people’s of Cambodia.

Angkor must be the world center of religious pilgrimage and cultural tourism offering to world tourists the complex healing experience of cultural legacy, religious special atmosphere and faith imbued air.

  • The preservation of outstanding historical and cultural heritage in the form of the former capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Angkor cultural complex, an ample palatial complex from the 9th Century, offering an incredible sense of magnificence of one of the Asia greatest empire.

  • Today, Cambodia offers tourists bound for the country a rich and perfect open air collection with a rare presence of historical and archaeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.

  • The KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA is also a perfect center for river cruises and adventure tourism, offering large areas suitable for this special kind of tourism, and the necessary infrastructure to welcome the adventure seeker, its safety and peace, makes the country, one of the world’s top adventure river destinations that make the KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA as a perfect cultural class destination.

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Cambodia is now proclaimed WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION! Ambassadors are surrounding the European Council on Tourism and Trade leadership. 

Mr. Pavel Avramoiu, Director for Hotel Management and Evaluation at European Council on Tourism and Trade, outlined the impressive potential for development that Kingdom of Cambodia is presenting.

Cambodia, now proclaimed WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION, must transform this perfect opportunity and universal limelight in a base for attracting investors in the field of hotels and hospitality to cater for the millions that will find their ways to the KINGDOM OF WONDERS and LAND OF MAGIC!

This is an incredible occasion for all ASEAN regions, an opportunity to place regions cultural and historical patrimony at the fore and to make Cambodia the center for medium and long-term trips that will bring travelers to the magic of Indochina.

With open sky`s policies enacted by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, the country has become the center of ASEAN future development, concluded his speech World Tourism Institution Director Pavel Avramoiu.

It is appropriate for Europe to express its commitment to, and appreciation for Asia by crowning CAMBODIA as THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION AND WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 stated the ECTT Director Ioan Matei.

Senator Agrigoroaei la sedinta Parlamentului

Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, Director of European Parliamentary Committee in the European Council on Tourism and Trade

Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, Director of European Parliamentary Committee in the European Council on Tourism and Trade and Senator of Romanian Parliament stated the opinion of all present at ECTT conference and declared that the KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA is the unique candidate that is offering a perfect blend of cultural record, large historical patrimony and is offering a magisterial lesson to the world: the lesson of creativity and resilience of SROK KHMER-the land of Khmers.

With an outstanding record of promoting social-fair tourism, ecological and poverty reduction strategy based on tourism Cambodia deserves a unanimous vote, appreciated the Senator I. Agrigoroaei.

Taking the floor, President Dr. Anton Caragea asked for a final vote and European Council on Tourism and Trade Assembly unanimously, agreed to bestow the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION STATUS FOR 2016 TO KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA and to declare CAMBODIA- THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2016.

The meeting was also presented with the Official Letter, from the Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia.

The world gathering (including ECTT members and accredited ambassadors and diplomats) was presented  with a warm salute and invitation from acting Minister of Tourism Mr. Chea Bora, for a mission of high ranking officials of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Phnom Penh, in person, to His Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, European Academician and outstanding personality in world tourism, today.

 CAMBODIA-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION 2016

The final note of ECTT 2016 Assembly was stroke by Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade who emphasize the importance of the moment: the most important WORLD TOURISM PRIZE was entrusted to peoples of CAMBODIA.

CAMBODIA has arisen from ashes of nefarious time and is today a perfect destination crowned in the diamonds of Mekong, endowed with the beauties of Siem Reap and Battambang and made immortal by the works of Gods and Kings at Angkor.

Leading by example, is always the motto of European Council and Tourism and Trade and the acceptance of the invitation for a familiarization visit of high ranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade to CAMBODIA is a proof of this enduring truth. CAMBODIA is a perfectly safe and outstanding destination that will forever mark your heart!

Today all world tourism experts expressed their confidence in the potential and future of tourism in CAMBODIA, let`s follow their example and discover THE WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION in 2016- concluded Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade.

IOAN MATEI-DIRECTOR IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE CONGRATULATES CAMBODIA-TOP TOURISM DESTINATION IN 2016

In a short speech at European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) General Assembly, hosted at Romanian Parliament, the Hospitality Director-Mr. Ioan Matei from World Tourism Institution – ECTT had marked down the incredible potential and future of Asia tourism as it was show cased in European Council on Tourism and Trade meeting.

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It is appropriate for Europe to express its commitment to, and appreciation for, Asia by crowning CAMBODIA as THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION AND WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 stated the ECTT Director Ioan Matei.

CAMBODIA is a perfectly safe and outstanding destination that will forever mark your heart!

On the occasion of the visit to KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA, the world tourism delegates will bring as protocol gifts the famous COTNARI-1979 wine, priced at international auctions at over 5000 euro bottle.

Vinul de Cotnari cucereste Africa

In 2014 Mr. Ioan Matei has offered a collection bottle of 1979 COTNARI for H.E. President Robert MUGABE of Zimbabwe. 1979 is the year of Zimbabwe Lancaster Agreements that offered the Independence for the African country.

This world-famous wine was made world respected by the Louis XIV, famous Sun King of France,  love for this beverage and for Russian Czar Peter the Great desire to have it in Saint Petersburg cellars at Imperial Palace, will now be present at WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION AWARD CEREMONIES in Phnom Penh, announced Mr. Ioan Matei,who is also co-owner of COTNARI wineries.

DIRECTOR PAVEL AVRĂMOIU UPHOLDS CAMBODIA STATUS AS FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION

On the sidelines of World Tourism Institution-European Council on Tourism and Trade General Assembly we have the opportunity to discuss about the future of tourism, investment opportunity and hotel management latest trends, with one of the world leading specialist from hotel development Mr. PAVEL AVRAMOIU, with experience in a company managing 98 hotels from across 28 countries.

 

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Here is his views on CAMBODIA-WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2016:

Cambodia, now proclaimed WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION, must transform this perfect opportunity and universal limelight in a base for attracting investors in the field of hotels and hospitality to cater for the millions, that will find their ways to the KINGDOM OF WONDERS and LAND OF MAGIC!

Pavel Avramoiu

This is an incredible occasion for all ASEAN regions, an opportunity to place regions cultural and historical patrimony at the fore and to make Cambodia the center for medium and long-term trips that will bring travelers to the magic of Indochina.

With open sky`s policies enacted by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, the country has become the center of ASEAN future development.

My advice for the Royal Government of Cambodia will be to seize on this golden opportunity to market the country for hotel and tourism industry investment, concluded World Tourism Institution Director- Pavel Avramoiu.