EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY HOST INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION OF KHMER NEW YEAR

World Tourism Institute – European Council on Tourism and Trade in cooperation with European Tourism Academy had festively marked KHMER NEW YEAR presenting for the first time to the European and world audience  the main significance and festivals surrounding this perfect celebration and display of traditions of Cambodia.

 

The famous APSARA dances where watched with interest and pleasure.

Cambodia has achieved a perfect world level notoriety as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2016 and has since enjoyed  a remarkable growth in tourism with more than 1,5 million supplementary tourists registered in 2016 alone and with a whooping total of more than 6 million tourists towering over regional competitors.

 

From this moment, the request for new information`s regarding the small but rich in beautiful architectural and historic treasures  country had exploded.

In order to come to respond to this desire to know more about incredible Cambodia: WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2016, the world tourism institute of European Council on Tourism and Trade with the support of European Tourism Academy had outlined the rich dances and traditions connected with Khmer New Year celebrations.

 Did you know that Cambodia dances are part of world intangible heritage?

 

On the  paraphernalia presented by European Tourism Academy   where highlighted the dances of Royal Ballet, organized and patronized by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, especially the APSARA dances , the harvest dances where also marked  and the music and ballet connected with the traditional Romdoul National flower, at honor in many dances and melodies across Cambodia.

 

The guests also where informed about  ceremonies like Leung Sakk: the day the year really starts. In the evening, to complete the New Year festival, the Khmer need to perform the last ceremony, called “Pithi Srang Preah”, which means giving a special bath or a special shower to Buddha statues, the monks, elders, parents, and grandparents to apologize for any mistake we have done to them and to gratify them.

 

President of European Council on Tourism and Trade Dr. Anton Caragea, outlined a short historic and cultural presentation of the Khmer New Year festival as originated from Bramhmanism, a part of Hinduism, which was a religion that Khmer embraced before Buddhism.

 

Romdoul National flower is at the center of dances and melodies in the Khmer kingdom.

Later on Buddhism became associated with the festival and then took all the important roles in the festivity.

The guests of CAMBODIA KHMER NEW YEAR festivities received also a promotional pack: comprising a DVD with special dances and music ceremonies for CAMBODIA WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2016, a special rice bag and the world renowned Cambodian pepper.

The full photo report of the  2017 CAMBODIAN KHMER NEW YEAR celebration can be accessed on FLICKR

PINTEREST had also created a special file accessible here:

CAMBODIA TOURISM ARRIVAL AT ALL TIME HIGH IN 2016

According to World Bank, The Kingdom of Cambodia will enjoy a robust economic growth in 2016 of more than 7%, thanks in no small part to the recent growth in tourism sector.

Academician HUN SEN-Prime Minister of Cambodia proudly accepts for Cambodia the title of World Best Tourist Destination

Prime Minister of Cambodia-Academician Samdech HUN SEN had opted for a development based on tourism growth and obtained an incredible success as the Kingdom was elected as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 and obtained a 6,9% growth according to World Bank. 

 

The arrivals in the Kingdom are at a historic high in 2016.

In 2015 the numbers of tourists and investment has slow down, but in 2016 as the country was elected WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and H.E. Prime Minister of Cambodia – Samdech HUN SEN declared tourism as a priority, the situation has significantly turn around of staggering 26% increase in the numbers of tourism entering the country.

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Radical tourism growth after the Kingdom of Cambodia was officialy recognised as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016

Phnom Penh arrivals, after the country was elected as FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION, grow by 7% and Siem Reap arrivals where up by 11% after the previous month.

The challenges ahead are still there as the country needs to attract more airlines for direct flights in order to transform Cambodia from a seasonal destination to an all year/ all seasons destination.

 

Luu Meng, president of the Cambodian Hotel Association, said despite the importance of the Chinese market—which airlines have been increasingly tapping into—Cambodia also needs to focus on securing direct flights from other countries as well as promoting destinations outside Angkor Wat.

Cambodian tourism sector perfect development on 2016, has become a World Model on the occasion of World Tourism Day.

A model to be analysed and copied by countries around the world in order to obtain a health tourism industry and a to foster the national development via tourism and international cooperation.

No country in the world had ever registered a growth equally to that of Kingdom of Cambodia, with 26% increase in arrivals numbers in just two months after becoming WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

If the Kingdom will succeed in keeping the momentum in the next months the tourism sector in the country can be a perfect world success story and example.

Let`s all wish to Cambodia a perfect ending for 2016!

2016 WORLD MUSIC AND TOURISM AWARDS

2016 WORLD MUSIC AND TOURISM AWARDS

When you are thinking about Cambodia`s tourism the first thing that cross your mind are: the recently awarded title of World Best Tourist Destination or the scenic spots of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, or the majestic Mekong, or the clear waters of Koh Rong island, but you wouldn’t necessary focus on music and you would be wrong, because Cambodia has started the journey to conquer the tourism world with a song.

Already a hit, the CAMBODIA – KINGDOM OF WONDERS had become this year theme of WORLD TOURISM AWARDS being incorporated in the celebrations for WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2016-KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA.

CAMBODIA – KINGDOM OF WONDERS  has being released by the MINISTER OF TOURISM as the official song of this summer’s World Tourism Awards 2016, ‘CAMBODIA IS WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION’.

The track, which features the main beauties and landmarks of the Kingdom of Cambodia, was also recorded with the help of million of tourism fans around the world.

The song CAMBODIA IS WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION was performed during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Phnom Penh World Travel and Tourism Awards 2016.

Another million dollars song is the CAMBODIA-FAVOURITE CULTURAL DESTINATION, with Khmer lyrics by Hun Heng, a local star in music creation and benefiting the talented voice of Son Srey Pich, a Khmer music star.

The song rose quickly to fame on the account of the perfect blending of powerful music and enchanted videos showcasing the incredible beauty of Cambodia.

 

These wonderful songs can be listen here:

CAMBODIA-KINGDOM OF WONDERS

CAMBODIA-FAVOURITE CULTURAL DESTINATION

CAMBODIAN 2016 MUSICAL HITS

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KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA IS THE HOST OF IMPRESSIVE 2016 WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS CEREMONY

KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA IS THE HOST OF IMPRESSIVE 2016 WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS CEREMONY

Cambodia had received the official visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade high-ranking delegation, on the occasion of the celebration of country WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 status.

 

Academician HUN SEN

Prime Minister of The Kingodm of Cambodia, Academician Dr. HUN SEN held up high the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION certificate.

For all the world to see !

The visit of the world tourism representatives had taken place between 15 and 25 June 2016, offering them the possibility to evaluate the tourism and cultural potential of the Kingdom of Cambodia – country declared FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2016.

The representatives of World Tourism Institution – European Council on Tourism and Trade started their familiarization trip in the country, in the famous province of Siem Reap, home of famous Angkor temples and palaces.

President Anton Caragea receives from Siem Reap governor the Statue of Jayavarman the VII replica

The head of European Council on Tourism and Ttrade, President Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea and his delegates receiving a replica of Jayavarman the VII-Emperor of Angkor statue from Chairman of Siem Reap Province Mr. Nou Phalla.

The visit of European high level delegates to Siem Reap was accompanied by the diligent staff of Minister of Tourism of Cambodia and the Chairman of Siem Reap Province Mr. Nou Phalla.

 A dense and perfectly carved cultural program presented the main attractions of the regions like: the world-famous architectural treasures of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, the incredible magnificent construction of Bayon temple, the rich views of the red temple of Banteay Srei and the cosmic images of a vegetation invaded temple at Ta Prohm.

Ta Phrom-the jungle temple

The magnificent Temple of TA PROHM.

 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea- President of European Council on Tourism and Trade had voiced his enthusiasm for the province cultural and historical potential in no uncertain terms: Angkor is the place where God`s and Kings, together, build not only a powerful kingdom, not only a long-lost way of life, but another understanding of the role and potential of human civilization.

The builders of Angkor proved to us, that the humanity knows no boundaries, no limitation in constructing kingdoms with no equal under the sun.

Siem Reap is the house of every person who appreciates civilization and a must see in a life time, concluded his press statement ECTT President.

President Dr. Anton Caragea and Government of Siem Reap

President Dr. Anton Caragea outlines the simple truth: Siem Reap is the house of all who love culture!

 

On 17 June, a special dinner was offered to the delegates by the office of Governor of Siem Reap Province.

During the celebratory feast, an ample array of music, cultural tradition and costumes from the region was displayed for the high guests.

The next leg of the journey in the magic Kingdom of Cambodia was the familiarization trip around Phnom Penh.

The Cambodia`s capital meet the delegates with a perfect sky line, with the astonishing atmosphere of a bustling Southern Asian city and with incredible aroma, mixing monsoon air with mango and jasmine flowers, a secret aroma that only Phnom Penh has the mastery off.

The visit included a tour of the Wat Phnom, a discovery trip to the hustle and bustle of Central Market, a must stop at Phsar Tuol Tom Pong better known as Russian Market and a bird’s eye view of the awe-inspiring city monuments like: Independence Monument, the new governmental quarter of Peace Palace etc.

 Royal Palace-Cambodia-World Best Tourist Destination for 2016

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. A stand-alone point in the European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation visit to Cambodia`s Capital.

Phnom Penh also presented to the enchanted visitors, the gem of the city: the Royal Palace, a long lay over where the European delegates took the time to admire the Audience room, the palace grounds, the palace gardens, the ballet and concert hall, the administration rooms, the museum of royal regalia and paid respects to the funerary stupa`s of former Kings of Cambodia.

 

A moment of silence was observed for the stupa of the latest king of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanuk, the king who was in the same time: cineaste, prime minister, party leader, king, prince, television and show man and has put his imprint on Cambodia`s XX century story.

H.. Pak Sokhom, Deputy Minister of Tourism warmly welcomes European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation

H.E. Pak Sokhom, Deputy Minister of Tourism warmly welcomes European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation at Phnom Penh Airport.

 

The former capital of XVII to XIX century Cambodia, the city of Udong, has also received the world tourism high delegates, who took time to explore the Buddha Temple, the stupa`s of King Monivong and the ensemble of temples and Buddhist learning institutes on the ground and admired the ample view from Udong mountain.

The European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates also attended a host of important meeting with the government staff, with an ample dialogue at Minister of Tourism of Cambodia together with H.E. Minister Dr. Thong Khon.

An ample program of exchanges and continuous support was established with specialists from European Council on Tourism and Trade offering expertise for a development master plan, for an eco-system protection area law and to establish a tourism institute and tourism training facilities on the Kingdom in order to meet the ever-increasing needs of tourism and hospitality expertise for the tourism industry of the Kingdom.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, in his capacity of World Ambassador for Natural Protected Areas was also requested to assist the Kingdom in drafting a natural areas and natural parks conservation law at international standards.

The meeting, with the able and competent personal of Minister of Tourism   was especially a pleasurable one.

Dr. Thong Khon, Tourism Minister of Cambodia was specially praised by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea for his vision and astute policies and devotion to the country development, under the glowing leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Dr. HUN SEN.

 

 Dialogue at Minister of Tourism President Anton Caragea and Minister Khon Thong

 Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade is congratulating Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism of Kingdom of Cambodia for long-standing efforts in promoting the country tourism potential.

The most important political moment, in European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia, was the meeting of the delegates headed by H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea with H.E. Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo – Dr. HUN SEN.

 

During the leaders conversation, the long history of Cambodia renaissance in XXI century, under the able leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Dr. HUN SEN was warmly evoked.

Common Government Meeting

Discussing the future of Cambodia and world tourism: leaders of world tourism at the same table: H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and H.E. Minister Thong Khon and their teams.

 

President Anton Caragea remarked that we are in the presence of a historical leader, of a person who rebuild it Cambodia from zero to hero status, and was always a symbol of the country resistance.

On 22 June 2016, the official ceremonies of handover of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION AWARD insignia to the highest representative of people and government of Cambodia: H.E. Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Dr. HUN SEN has taken place on the venue of Peace Palace in Phnom Penh.

 Certificate for FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION for 2016

Cambodia is FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2016 announces H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea.

Congratulatory speeches were presented by Minister of Tourism of Cambodia-Dr. Thong Khon, ECTT President- Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, and European Tourism Academy-Academician Mircea Constantinescu.

The official acceptance allocution was delivered, on behalf of people of Cambodia by H.E. Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Dr. HUN SEN.

 Christal Trophy of 2016 WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION

Cambodia is entrusted with WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION title for a year.

 The first part of ceremonies concluded with the official world recognition of Dr. HUN SEN, for his life work for the people of Cambodia and for international community as a WORLD LEADER OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT and the official handover of the ACADEMICIAN status regalia to Samdech HUN SEN by the Academician Mircea Constantinescu.

 Academician HUN SEN-Prime Minister of Cambodia proudly World Tourism Instituion Prize

A new world leader in tourism and development: H.E. Academician Dr. HUN SEN- Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo-Prime Minister of Cambodia.

The second part of the ceremonies dedicated to enfeoffment of Cambodia as FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2016, took place in the presence of the Royal Government of Cambodia, on 22 June 2016 and offered a magical display of the kingdom bounty of cultural and artistic treasures.

Tourism presentation movies, highlighting Cambodia`s unrivalled riches were interspersed with modern music and with universal values dances like: ASPARA dances (UNESCO immaterial heritage), Rice harvest dance, magic flowers dance etc, that put at the fore the riches and plentifulness of Cambodia srok Khmer, Khmer nation potential.

 Cambodia-World Favorite Cultural Destination

APSARA dances for FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION and WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION 2016 awards ceremonies.

President Dr. Anton Caragea remarked in his speech that: In our decision to crown the diamond of Asia: Cambodia as World Best Tourist Destination, we did not forget for a moment that we are not encouraging people to go in strange and un-familiar place.

No, we are just telling them to discover a people, world-renowned for his hospitality, familiarity and openness to strangers: the Khmer people!

They will make you feel that you are rediscovering your home, that you are finding long-lost friends and families, that you are visiting you abode-Cambodia.

 ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea on the platform of Cambodia-Favorite Cultural Destination takes a photo with Royal Cambodian Ballet

European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates together with Cambodia`s Minister of Tourism team on the stage of WORLD BEST TOURISM AWARDS ceremony.

 

The visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates offered, to the Kingdom of Cambodia, a perfect occasion to display to the world community the cultural values, the historical patrimony, the traditions and costumes of the Khmer people, placing the country among the nation’s most endowed with a perfect touristic and human potential that must be the base for a future development of Cambodia: The KINGDOM OF WONDERS – WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2016.

Apsara dance for Cambodia-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016

APSARA dances on the rostrum of WORLD TOURISM AWARDS

(Phnom Penh-22 June 2016)

Cambodia-World Favorite Cultural Destination 2016

ROYAL CAMBODIAN BALET enthralled viewers attending WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION AWARDS for 2016.

ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea on the platform of Cambodia-Favorite Cultural Destination with Royal Opera from Phnom Penh

President Dr. Anton Caragea and Minister Thong Khon are offering congratulations to the outstanding performers on WORLD TOURISM AWARDS show.

 

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

Prime Minister of Cambodia: Academician HUN SEN, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei techo and  President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-European Council on Tourism and Trade.

Deputy Minister of Tourism-Pak Sokhom

H.E. Pak Sokhom – Deputy Minister of Tourism takes a photo with actors and singers on the stage of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION for 2016:  Kingdom of Cambodia.

Minister Thank Khon announces Cambodia is Favorite Cultural Destination in 2016

H.E. Tourism Minister Thong Khong on the venue of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION and FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION for 2016.

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

H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea on the venue of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION and FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION for 2016.

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.