WHERE SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR NEXT VACATION? MAYBE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS WILL INSPIRE YOU

WHERE SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR NEXT VACATION? MAYBE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS WILL INSPIRE YOU

The ECTT Awards for tourism and cultural achievements are the annual celebration that consecrates the best in the tourism industry by crowning, since 2006, the countries and nations excellence and investment in the tourism sector.

European Tourism Academy and European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) had given the start for the 2018 competition for WORLD TOURISM AND TRAVEL AWARDS.

The European Council on Tourism and Trade Awards for tourism and travel are the flagship event for the global tourism sector.

 

World Tourism and Travel Awards for 2018 will be a moment of recognition for tourism and world development: ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

Since their inception in 2006, these awards seek to highlight the work of countries, nations and regions and cities, recognizing nations and people’s strides for their innovative and determined tourism initiatives.

The WORLD TOURISM AND TRAVEL AWARDS are encompassing: THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM for cities and regions and  WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD for countries, the special category of FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION and marking out outstanding cultural and investment tourism projects.                                                                                                                                      The contribution of the nations and leaders receiving world tourism and travel prizes is adjudged in line with ECTT guidelines for World Capital of Culture and Tourism and World Best Tourist Destination Award.                                                                                                                   In twelve consecutive editions, the ECTT-European Council on Tourism and Trade Awards recognized and promoted globally the tourism potentials of the most attractive tourist and cultural destinations.                                                                                                                                        President Dr. Anton Caragea and European Council on Tourism and Trade President Office staff will start from 29 January 2018 to receive the candidatures for word tourism accolades celebrated as Nobel`s or Oscar`s of tourism: the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM competitions.

In 2017 European Tourism Academy had received 56 candidatures from cities, regions and countries from across the world and in 2018 this number is expected to expand.

 


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European Council on Tourism and Trade, Ambassador Dr. Anton Caragea outlines the significance of  World Tourism Awards 2018.

 

World Tourism and Travel Awards of world tourism institutions (European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy) are significant for their track record in fostering growth and development in the decorated countries.

Laos (2013 winner has registered a growth of more than 1,5 million tourists and in total a plus of 3 million visitors for Lao-World Best Tourist Destination), Zimbabwe succeeded to garner a plus of 1 million visitors in 2014/2015 and Ethiopia obtained more than 1 billion in tourism-related receipts and 1,1 million visitors for 2015 as World`s Best Tourist Destination  and finally the Kingdom of Cambodia who topped the tourist growth worldwide in 2016 and 2017`s with a whopping 5 million tourists after being named World`s Best Tourist Destination.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is considered that European Council on Tourism and Trade succeeded in creating more than 100.000 jobs in the nations selected as World Best Tourist Destination (2016 survey).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        European Tourism Academy will start to analyze ongoing the candidatures for World`s Best Tourist Destination and World Capital of Culture and Tourism and will present the selected candidatures files for decision in General Assembly of European Council on Tourism and Trade declared Academician Mircea Constantinescu.

 

 

 

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PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA ANNOUNCES THE PRIORITIES FOR WORLD TOURISM IN 2018

PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA ANNOUNCES THE PRIORITIES FOR WORLD TOURISM IN 2018

European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has unveiled the world institutions decisions regarding the theme for 2018 tourism year and world tourism day as TOURISM: PROTECTING CULTURE AND HERITAGE. Among other executive decisions are also: the opening of 2018 World`s Best Tourist Destination and World Capital of Culture and Tourism competitions from January 22, 2018.  Starting from this date the embassies, consulates, ministries of tourism, culture can start promoting and outlining the candidatures for the top awards.

 

 

Celebrated worldwide World Tourism Day at European Council on Tourism and Trade is commemorated usually at the end of September each year and hosted in the capital of the country crowned as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION OF THE YEAR.

The decision has being taken on October 4, 2017 by the President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and enter into force from January 1st , 2018 and marks the instrumental role of tourism in promoting cultural knowledge and awareness and offering the necessary tool and public opinion support in protecting world heritage.


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Celebrated worldwide World Tourism Day at European Council on Tourism and Trade is commemorated usually at the end of September each year and hosted in the capital of the country crowned as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION OF THE YEAR.

 

World Tourism Day is celebrated across the world in every country and city interested in harnessing the power of tourism for growth, development and cultural identity and in accordance with the tradition the year receivers of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM designation are recognized as the official hosts of WORLD TOURISM DAY.

Keeping in respect with this tradition, European Council on Tourism and Trade designated as official host the city of PHNOM PENH, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia being named as the organizer and host of World Tourism Day 2018 ceremonies.

 

Phnom Penh has just taken up the mantle of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

The main role of the World Tourism Day is to highlight the global significance of tourism as a tool for global development and cultural enlightenment.

 

Tourism is the greatest educator in the world, stated on the topic the European Council on Tourism and Trade President Dr. Anton Caragea.

This is one of the goals of the World Tourism Day celebrations that are being conducted throughout the world.

The theme for 2018 world tourism selected by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE is allowing the world to focus on tourism development and to ensure protection of cultural heritage and promoting responsible and sustainable tourism management of World Heritage sites.

European Council on Tourism and Trade decision upholds the role of culture and tourism as tools for development and creativity and support  the relevance of cultural landscapes in tourism and the integration of natural and cultural heritage philosophies and procedures for sustainable tourism development.

 

The new 2018 session of WORLD TOURISM AND TRAVEL AWARDS of European Council on Tourism and Trade will concentrate on harnessing the power of culture and heritage for the candidates declared as World`s Best Tourist Destination and World Capital of Culture and Tourism.

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WORLD TOURISM DELEGATES OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE IN CAMBODIA 2017 WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION

WORLD TOURISM DELEGATES OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE IN CAMBODIA 2017 WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION

On December 9, 2017, on the scene of 2017 WORLD TOURISM AWARDS, H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea hailed Cambodia example as a beacon in a world in need of a model and appointed H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN as the world`s GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.

WORLD TOURISM AWARDS ceremonies included and the proclamation of Phnom Penh as the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, the supreme tourism recognition for cities and regions encompassing exceptional heritage.

 


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2017 has marked a new height in the relations between Europe and Kingdom of Cambodia in the fields of cultural, development and tourism cooperation with the climax being the visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade Presidential delegation (ECTT) in Cambodia between 1 to 11 December 2017.

 

European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea congratulates the author of Cambodia`s economic miracle: H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN.

 

 

The visit of the European presidential delegation headed by ECTT President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has come in recognition of the incredible strides obtained by Cambodia in the field of tourism in 2016 and 2017 as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

 

The Kingdom of Cambodia has become the leading country in tourism development with more than 1,6 million tourists growth in only a year from 3,5 million tourists in 2015 to over 5 million tourists in 2016.

 

 

Phnom Penh hosted the President Anton Caragea delegates and was crowned as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

 

The visit of world tourism institution of European Council on Tourism and Trade was also in recognition of Phnom Penh as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and in recognition of Prime Minister of Cambodia, Academician HUN SEN as the GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.

 

Academician HUN SEN is proclaimed to the world as the GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.

 

The visit included a rich and diversified cultural program calculated to present to ECTT delegates the heritage, cultural and historical treasures of the Kingdom.

 

The high-level delegation toured the coastal region of Cambodia including the province of Kampong Som, Sihanoukville and the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sonleom.

 

      Sihanoukville: the world`s most cleanest  beaches!

 

The Cambodian Riviera is an incredible destination uniting history with splendid beaches with lush forest and balmy climate all year round creating an attraction pole for tourists appreciated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea ECTT President.

 

Cambodia must emphasize the incredible potential of water, sun and relaxation offered by the islands area and this will be the home of more than 1 million tourists and the base for another growth in the Cambodian tourism industry.

 

The Cambodian coast line: the new address of paradise!

The Presidential delegation headed to the north to the culturally rich and historical charged space of Siem Reap and Preah Vihear.

 

Visits to the incredible pyramid temples of Koh Ker, witnessing King Jayavarman IV incredible prowess and unstinted desire to build one of the world miracles in the jungles of Cambodia was an emotional experience.

 

Koh Ker as a 7th world wonder ! Mark Doda, Chairman of Balkan Tourism Organization

 

Mark Doda, Chairman of Balkan Tourism Organization declared Koh Ker as a 7th world wonder, a place of absolute awe and incredible spiritual dimension, a magnet for tourists worldwide.

You cannot see Koh Ker and not want to come to Cambodia one more time and one more time.

 

Koh Ker is a love story carved in stone and a perfect witness of the grandeur of Khmer people appreciated Chairman Mark Doda.

 

The visit encompass a stopover at the Preah Vihear, the greatest temple of Indochina, an architectural wonder and restored to the Kingdom of Cambodia after a long and complicated judicial battle in the court of Hague who decided unequivocally that the Kingdom of Cambodia is the owner of this sacred jewel in terms of international law, treaties, history and legacy.

 

Preah Vihear: the larges and most impressive temple of Indochina.

 

Preah Vihear is the living testament of the Khmer people ingenuity, determination and love for beauty and glory appreciated President Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

Other visits had taken place at Beng Melea temple and a special visit on Tonle Sap the inner sea of Cambodia and a boat trip on one of the world largest freshwater lakes and the breadbasket of Cambodia.

 

Delegates toured the lake and the water-based villages and have a layover at Kampong Pluk Community and Prek Toal community-based tourism.

Tonle Sap the inner sea of Cambodia!

 

Tourism has become a part and parcel of the livelihood of these regions and a breadwinner for families, registered Trade Chairman Mihai Prundianu.

 

I encourage world tourist to come to Cambodia, to visit rural and distant communities, to buy artisanal products and to support community-based tourism as a way to foster a better life and also to enjoy a positive experience and a traditional way of life.

The center of the visit was the incredible discovery of the touristic and cultural riches of Kompong Thom province culminated with a tour to the Sambor Prei Kuk Temples registered as UNESCO heritage sites in 2017.

 

Sambor Prai Kuk is the mythical capital of the fabulous Kingdom of Chenla

 

Sambor Prai Kuk is the mythical capital of the fabulous Kingdom of Chenla (Zenla in Chinese chronicles)  and is completely in tune with the ancient descriptions as the most beautiful city in the world. A host of incredible rich decorated temples, magnificent towers of worship and powerful gods spring out of the jungle in a dance of stone and brick that is not only a precursor to the marvels of Angkor but a marvel in his one right.

 

No man cannot say is cultured and visited the world if it not has stopped at Sambor Prei Kuk, this is where the world architecture and the greatest dreams of Angkor where first-born, the temples of Sambor Prei Kuk are the testaments of a rich and powerful civilization that united Gods and people for the first time in Indochina history, stated the significance of the monuments Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

Sambor Prei Kuk-UNESCO Heritage Status from 2017 (the third in Cambodia after Angkor Temples and Preah Vihear Temples)

 

The delegates toured Phnom Penh and have a chance to discuss future investment projects in the capital with the Governor of Phnom Penh Mr. Khoung Sreng.

 

ECTT Director Pavel Avramoiu established a program for hotel building and investment in the capital and Cambodia Riviera area.

 

The coastal region of Cambodia with incredible clean waters, white sandy beaches and large golf facilities will become a magnet for investors in tourism worldwide appreciated Mr. Pavel Avramoiu.

H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea – European Council on Tourism and Trade President receives the silver platter of Phnom Penh from H.E. Minister of Tourism Dr. Thong Khon.

European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates held meeting with Ministers of Land Management and Development, Environment and have a long exchange of views with the Minister of tourism H.E. Thong Khon in a friendly and amicable atmosphere discussing new cooperation projects.

 

On December 9, 2017, on the scene of 2017 WORLD TOURISM AWARDS, H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea hailed Cambodia example as a beacon in a world in need of a model and appointed H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN as the world`s GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.

 

H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea hailed Cambodia example as a beacon in a world in need of a model and appointed H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN as the world`s GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.

 

 

Academician Mircea Constantinescu, European Tourism Academy Director had also made public the inscription of Phnom Penh, Cambodia`s capital as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, the world most prestigious designation for cities and regions of world significance and value.

 

H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN receives PHNOM PENH registration act for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM status.

 

WORLD TOURISM AWARDS 2017 marked the transformation of Cambodia in a world model of tourism and development and the country with the most rapid tourism growth in the world in 2016/2017.

 

Minister of Tourism of Kingdom of Cambodia H.E. THONG KHON received the official congratulations from Prime Minister HUN SEN for his achievements in obtaining WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION status for Kingdom of Cambodia.

 

The visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade representatives offered a new global standing for Cambodia on world tourism stage and proclaiming Phnom Penh as the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM will be another tourism booster for the nation as 2016 World`s Best Tourist Destination Award succeeded in bringing a plus of 1,5 million tourist and 2 billion dollars to Cambodia`s economy.

 


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PHNOM PENH: THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Pomp, pageantry and a powerful motion of confidence in the future of Kingdom of Cambodia tourism, cultural and development potential where the trademarks of the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM celebration dedicated to Phnom Penh, the booming capital of Cambodia.

 

 

 

On December 9, 2017 in the presence of over 3.000 guests, diplomats, tourism and culture experts, members of the Parliamentary Assembly for the Sustainable Development Goals, members of the Royal Government of Cambodia and of the Royal Parliament of Cambodia and European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates and many others high level guests attended the official ceremony for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM handover for PHNOM PENH has taken place.

In the pomp and ceremony of the event the Director of The EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY, Academician Dr. MIRCEA CONSTANTINESCU outlined the reasons and the arguments for the inscription of Phnom Penh as one of the world landmark cities.

 

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ACADEMICIAN MIRCEA CONSTANTINESCU: Phnom Penh – is a city that it embraces with warmth and gentle attention the soul of the travelers and it’s the real gate to Asia and the unique gem that shines over us with the light of culture and distinction.

    WORD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

PHNOM PENH

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

Academician MIRCEA CONSTANTINESCU

Director of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY

Your Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN- Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia,

Your Excellency Dr. Thong Khon – Minister of Tourism,

Esteemed members of Royal Government of Cambodia, members of Parliament of Cambodia, distinguished member’s diplomatic corps

Dear guests,

 All protocol observed,

Today is a historical day, is the day when we inscribe the name of another model city on the humanity list of WORLD`S CAPITALS OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

 

In carving up the World Capital of Culture and Tourism Program 11 years ago, European Tourism Academy and European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) set for themselves the ambitious task of establishing a world list of cities and regions that are encompassing the legacy of humanity, that are harboring traditions and costumes unique or hosting natural treasures considered to be of outstanding and universal value.

We are ensuring their presence in the limelight so that we and the future generations can enjoy the world’s patrimony wealth and it’s variety.

The international community must give much more support to the activities promoting the heritage, which is central to our civilizations and this is the main role of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM designation.

 

During last year`s THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM program enlarged and enriched his focus becoming a part of THE AGENDA FOR HUMANITY and a part of the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda being part and parcel of the global efforts destined to eradicate inequalities, ensure growth, develop education and cultural opportunities for all and supporting investment and development and integration policies where there are more needed.

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From an essentially global cultural and tourism program we have evolved in line with the world commitments and concerns onto a world level development program.

On this note I must salute the Government of Kingdom of Cambodia commitment to fulfilling the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations and for ensuring that Phnom Penh it is and continues to be a placed for development, creativity, encouragement of free enterprise and initiative and inclusiveness for all who come to this beautiful city.

Inscribing PHNOM PENH as a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM we recognize that culture and history are not resource consumers, but are major economic and development factors, that help countries to develop and enrich themselves in more ways than just simple economic value.

Culture is undoubtedly a fundamental part of our life, is marking our identity and is facilitates our encounter, our dialogue, it helps us to share experiences, to search for unknown territories, to go further and further, is inscribed in our fiber and it defines us, is make us human.

 

Registering PHNOM PENH as a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM we are taking act of the Government of Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN commitments and incredible achievements of the last 30 years in carving cultural and heritage protection programs, in ensuring a permanent growth in the quality of patrimony protection and consolidation, in ensuring the preservation and fostering of religions, traditions and cultural and traditional activities.

We must also remember the salient fact that on this account that this luminary policies has succeeded in inscribing the Kingdom as a WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

 

Today, PHNOM PENH is fulfilling the trademarks of what we are calling the cultural landscape marked by the existence of “mixed properties”, blending natural properties and cultural properties.

It designates areas where there has been a harmonious interaction between man and nature over a long period, linked to a particular culture, and which provides evidence of a traditional way of life in which nature and culture are profoundly interlinked.

Cultural landscapes are described in Article 1 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage as representing “the combined works of nature and man”.

PHNOM PENH is such a generous area: encompassing the natural setting provided by the confluence of three rivers: the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap, the world unique river that is flowing upwards the stream for six months a year.

 

This perfect natural landscape has become the setting of a rich cultural city that encompasses religious monuments and heritage treasures like: Wat Ounalom the 1443 shrine built for a sacred hair of the Buddha and considered the seat of Cambodian Buddhism who will celebrate 575 years of continuously and uninterrupted religious activities.

Another landmark is the famous Wat Phnom, built in 1372 and restored and reconstructed in 1434, 1806, 1894 and 1926 and has become a symbol of the capital city Phnom Penh and regularly used for prayer, small offerings, and meditation.

 

It is a specially charged place connected with the legendary figure of grandmother Penh and from 15th century King Ponhea Yat built the capital in Phnom Penh around this sacred mountain used for keeping the cremated ash of the King.

The mountain of Wat Phnom has been transformed in the last 700 years in a place that is uniting Buddhist statues of the Angkorean era with art crafts from the medieval and modern area and also a royal necropolis hosting the stupas for keeping cremated ash of the Royal families.

Other religious places and cultural landmarks are Wat Langka who is reputedly one of Phnom Penh’s five original Wats (1422). Established as a sanctuary for the Holy Writings and a meeting place for Cambodian and Sri Lankan monks, the Wat was named in honor of these meetings.

Wat Botum Padei also one of the oldest religious buildings still in use in the city from 1422 and is compound, is crowded with ornate and colorful stupas, including the towering ‘Buddha’s Relic Stupa.

Wat Koh another one of the city’s five original Wats, established in the early 15th century and Wat Neak Kravorn situated in a perfect picturesque skyline of Boeung Kak lake.

PHNOM PENH is not only the seat of rich cultural and religious objectives but is also presenting a long list of tourism centers from the famed Russian Market, Old Market, Central Market, Night Market and a large array of traditional markets, to the incredible riches of the National Museum having on display more than 5,000 works of art, ranging from the 7th to the 13th century. Treasures include sculptures, 19th-century dance costumes, royal barges and palanquins.

I will just note on the lines the incredible cultural potential of Phnom Penh the fact that: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CAMBODIA was voted as a WORLD`S FAVORITE MUSEUM for the incredible treasures encompassing more than 14.000 priceless artifacts and for the perfect ways that are displayed and imbuing the visitors with the message of culture.

 

Phnom Penh is far from being just a huge open-air repository of temples, stupas, palaces and incredible museums it is also a place where the energy of his peoples is channeled into huge celebrations like Moon Festival, Water Festival, Royal Ploughing Day, Khmer New Year or famed Buddha Day-Visakh Bochea Day.

It is a city that it embraces with warmth and gentle attention the soul of the travelers and it’s the real gate to Asia and the unique gem that shines over us with the light of culture and distinction. I also take this moment to congratulate the Ministry of tourism on the initiative to create a special walking riverine prospect offering for tourists the opportunity to stroll around the banks of the famous Mekong.

 

Initiatives like this are creating the image of a friendly and traveler welcoming city, an image that Phnom Penh so richly deserves.

We can say that the European Council on Tourism and Trade was confronted with an easy conundrum at the question: IT IS? OR IT IS NOT PHNOM PENH a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM?

The positive answer was clear keeping in mind the impressive history of the city, the enormous cultural and heritage potential of Phnom Penh and the plans put in place by the Government of H.E. Prime Minister HUN SEN in order to carve out an ever better future for the peoples of the city and for those who come to share the life of the gem of Asia: the incredible PHNOM PENH – the city of waters, the gift of Cambodia to the world.

Your Excellency Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia HUN SEN,

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It is my privilege to handover to Your Excellency, as the most representative leader of people and tourism of KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA the award for PHNOM PENH – THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

PHNOM PENH IS INSCRIBED ON THE COVETED LIST OF WORLD CAPITAL`S OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

PHNOM PENH IS INSCRIBED ON THE COVETED LIST OF WORLD CAPITAL`S OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

In our opinion, your cultured city had registered tremendous achievements in developing tourism infrastructure and facilities and in placing in the limelight, in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, the cultural, historical and tourism patrimony of PHNOM PENH.

Your capital-city legacy and tourism potential must be recognized and used in fruition of Kingdom of Cambodia `s international prestige and economic development.

 

These are the words penned by H.E. President of The European Council on Tourism and Trade Professor Dr. Anton Caragea to H.E. Academician Prime Minister of Cambodia H.E. HUN SEN  in the letter announcing PHNOM PENH as the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM on a public ceremony on November 27, 2017 in the presence of over 1.000 guests and diplomatic corps. 

 

PHNOM PENH receives the official registration documents as a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

On December 9, 2017 the official handover ceremony of the title of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM for PHNOM PENH will take place and the humanity legacy will be richer with another stellar name: Phnom Penh .  

 

The 2017 General Assembly of European Council on Tourism and Trade -ECTT has gathered in an all-encompassing manifestation the leaders of world tourism, parliamentarians members of Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals, representatives of OSCE Bucharest Conference, Eurasia Conference and diplomatic corps accredited to European Council on Tourism and Trade.

President of world institution European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea (in the center) with Academician Mircea Constantinescu-European Tourism Academy (right) and Ambassadors from China PR, Philippines, Jordan, Turkey (left). 

 

President of world institution of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presented to his guests the achievements of ECTT at the helm of global tourism: creating and launching the tourism and sustainable development goals program, starting the global recognition program for GLOBAL AMBASSADORS FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS, supporting growth and employment across the world with more than 100.000 jobs created by ECTT exertions and supporting humanitarian activity and investments in vulnerable corners of the world by tourism related programs.

ECTT has fulfilled for another year his mandate to offer KNOWLEDGE TO LEAD THE WORLD for a better future concluded President Dr. Anton Caragea in his welcoming message to the delegates.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea (in the center) surrounded by ECTT President Office team: Academician Mircea Constantinescu (left), Chairman Mihai Prundianu and rest of the team(to the right).

 

The main items of the ECTT Agenda for 2017 where focused around boosting the regional cooperation, layout plans for visa facilitation and the better promotion of European and world tourism.

On July 28, 2017 the session was destined to plenary works and on July 29 in a relaxed atmosphere, the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), has taken under consideration the list of candidates for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2017.

 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and the team of ECTT President Office and Ambassadors awaiting the name of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM. 

 

Before entering into the details the voting members decided to entrust to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and the team of ECTT President Office the mandate to select for 2017 and 2018 the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM winners in accordance with the world tourism institute ECTT status and bylaws.

 


TIMELINE FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

28 July 2017 -THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE

29 July 2017 – the decision to select PHNOM PENH as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

27 November 2017 – the signing of the OFFICIAL DECREE FOR PHNOM PENH – WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

9 December 2017 the start of the ceremonies for PHNOM PENH – WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM


 

 

 

The full power in selecting the world most important cultural designation for the above mentioned period was delegated to the authority of the ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

After receiving the results of vote from Presidential adviser Mr. Gabriel Rasvan , H.E. President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea announced his decision to bestow the highest cultural nomination to the city of PHNOM PENH, the capital of Kingdom of Cambodia.

The WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM status for Phnom Penh will bring the inscription of the city as a cultural and patrimony hub of global significance and will also entice the city role as a part of the AGENDA FOR HUMANITY UN program and as a center for the implementation of sustainable development goals in the country and in the region.

 

President Dr. Anton Caragea lauded the Kingdom of Cambodia role in global fostering of tourism development, growth and economic development and in becoming a world model of SDG implementation.

Phnom Penh is practically littered with religious monuments, with incredible cultural artifacts with a beaming historical patrimony spanning for over 600 years and encompassing from Angkor type architectures and temples to colonial typical quarters all enveloped in a recent magnificent development.

 

The proposal of ECTT leader was approved by acclamation`s by all present on the venue and the office of the President of European Council on Tourism and Trade being empowered to make the necessary actions to bring to fruition the decision to inscribe PHNOM PENH as a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM awardee.

On December 9th, 2017 the Kingdom of Cambodia will officially receive the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM status, concluded the proceedings the President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

 

 


♦ In carving up the World Capital of Culture and Tourism Program 11 years ago, European Tourism Academy and European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) set for themselves the ambitious task of establishing a world list of cities and regions that are encompassing the legacy of humanity, that are harboring traditions and costumes unique or hosting natural treasures considered to be of outstanding and universal value.


 

 The WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is today a registered program for the advancement of Sustainable development Goals, is a registered program of PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR UN Sustainable Development Goals and is the instrument recommended for fulfilling each country commitment to the Agenda of Humanity.

WHY IS PHNOM PENH THE NEW WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM?

WHY IS PHNOM PENH THE NEW WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM?

Phnom Penh the recently nominated WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM is known on the world as the Gem of Asia, The city of waters and the capital of The Kingdom of Wonders: Cambodia, all are rightly deserved appellative`s and as academician Mircea Constantinescu pointed out of WORLD TOURISM AWARDS CEREMONY:

 

Independence Square and Monument: the heart of PHNOM PENH.

 

It is a city that it embraces with warmth and gentle attention the soul of the travelers and it’s the real gate to Asia and the unique gem that shines over us with the light of culture and distinction. I also take this moment to congratulate the Ministry of tourism on the initiative to create a special walking riverine prospect offering for tourists the opportunity to stroll around the banks of the famous Mekong.

 

But what are the cities landmarks and festivals and the true heart of the WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM?

 

Wat Ounalom, the heart of Cambodian buddhism and a must see in any itinerary in the World Capital of Culture and Tourism – Phnom Penh.

 

PHNOM PENH is such a generous area: encompassing the natural setting provided by the confluence of three rivers: the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap, the world unique river that is flowing upwards the stream for six months a year.

 

This perfect natural landscape has becoming the setting of a rich cultural city that encompasses religious monuments and heritage treasures like: Wat Ounalom, the 1443 shrine build for a sacred hair of the Buddha and considered the seat of Cambodian Buddhism who will celebrate 575 of continuously and interrupted religious activities.

Another landmark is the famous Wat Phnom, built in 1372 and restored or reconstructed in 1434, 1806, 1894 and 1926 and has become a symbol of the capital city Phnom Penh and regularly used for prayer, small offerings, and meditation.

It is a specially charged place connected with the legendary figure of grandmother Penh and from 15th century King Ponhea Yat built the capital in Phnom Penh around this sacred mountain used for keeping the cremated ash of the King.

 

The mountain of Wat Phnom has been transformed in the last 700 years in a place that is uniting Buddhist statues of the Angkorean era with art crafts from the medieval and modern area and also a royal necropolis hosting the stupas for keeping cremated ash of the Royal families.

Other religious places and cultural landmarks are Wat Langka who is reputedly one of Phnom Penh’s five original Wats (1422).

Established as a sanctuary for the Holy Writings and a meeting place for Cambodian and Sri Lankan monks, the Wat was named in honor of these meetings.

Wat Botum Padei also one of the oldest religious buildings still in use in the city from 1422 and is compound is crowded with ornate and colorful stupas, including the towering ‘Buddha’s Relic Stupa.

Wat Koh another one of the city’s five original Wats, established in the early 15th century and Wat Neak Kravorn situated in a perfect picturesque skyline of Boeung Kak lake.

 

PHNOM PENH is not only the seat of rich cultural and religious objectives but is also presenting a long list of tourism centers from the famed Russian Market, Old Market, Central Market, Night Market and a large array of traditional markets, to the incredible riches of National Museum having on display more than 5,000 works of art, ranging from the 7th to the 13th century.


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Treasures include sculptures, 19th-century dance costumes, royal barges and palanquins.

 

We have to note also in the panorama of the incredible cultural potential of Phnom Penh the fact that: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CAMBODIA was voted as a WORLD`S FAVORITE MUSEUM for the incredible treasures encompassing more than 14.00 priceless artifacts and for the perfect ways that are displayed and imbuing the visitors with the message of culture.

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is a must see for any Asian traveler as it is the symbol of the imperial power of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the residence of the royal family.

In Khmer language, the full name of Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is Preah Barom Reachea Vaeng Chaktomuk. The modern Royal Palace was designed by a famous French engineer, dating back to the end of the 19th century.

The resplendent and magnificent Royal Palace is the typical Cambodia building, situated in the east of Phnom Penh and facing the confluence of Mekong River and Tonle Sap River.

It is a magnificent building with golden roof and yellow walls surrounding it, consisting of over 20 palaces of various sizes, such as the golden palace, the silver palace and the treasure palace with exquisite reliefs on the winding corridors.

The treasure palace is inside the golden palace, displaying precious treasures.

Among all the buildings in the palace, the silver palace is the most gorgeous one, whose ground is paved with over 4,700 silver bricks.

In the palace, there is also a natural jade Buddha statue with the height of about 60 centimeters, regarding as the national treasure of Cambodia. It is also the holy land for the Buddhist devotions of the successive kings.

Phnom Penh is far from being just a huge open-air repository of temples, stupas, palaces and incredible museums it is also a place where the energy of his peoples is channeled into huge celebrations like Moon Festival, Water Festival, Royal Ploughing Day, Khmer New Year or famed Buddha Day-Visakh Bochea Day.

 

MEKONG ISLAND (KOH DACH)

If you wish to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh and venture into a world of peace and tranquility, then a visit to Mekong Island about 15km north of the city centre will be just right for you.

 

Bounded by views of rice paddies, vegetable farms and fruit orchards, Mekong Island not only serves as a venue for an enjoyable day trip or picnic but also enables you to experience the country’s authentic culture at its best.

This island occupies an area of about ten hectares of land and is one of the prominent centers of traditional handicrafts in Cambodia, with artisans engaged in silk weaving, pottery, woodcarving and dyeing in its villages.

Phnom Penh is waiting the travelers, tourists and all those who want to experience the true charm of Asia and the magic of a World Capital of Culture and Tourism with the open doors.

 

Come and discover the magic of Mekong, come and find your true city of love: Phnom Penh!

CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL MUSEUM IS NO. 1# ON WORLD MUSEUM`S LIST

CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL MUSEUM IS NO. 1# ON WORLD MUSEUM`S LIST

Cambodia succeeds one more time to shine on world cultural stage as the National Museum from Phnom Penh gets on the list of World`s Favorite Museums.

 

National Museum of Cambodia is named for the second year as World`s Favourite Museum.

 

With over 1 million visitors per year and over 14.000 objects and artifacts, the museum takes a leading role in the world of culture and has received a host of world dignitaries in the last years when the Museum has become a symbol of Cambodia’s recent renaissance.

 

The history of the National Museum of Cambodia goes back to the early 20th century.

 It was inaugurated on 13 April 1920, under the patronage of King Sisowath and is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Khmer cultural artifacts including sculpture, ceramics and ethnographic objects from the prehistoric, pre-Angkorian, Angkorian and post-Angkorian periods.

 

King Sisowath statue adorns the center of Phnom Penh.

He was the creator of National Museum of Cambodia.

  The Museum promotes awareness, understanding and appreciation of Cambodia‘s heritage through the presentation, conservation, safekeeping, interpretation and acquisition of Cambodian cultural material.

 

It aims to educate and inspire its visitors with a humongous collection of huge Buddhas, Vishnu`s, and Shiva’s, cryptic and poetic inscription fragments, intimidating weaponry, and elegant vases.

The museum carries a remarkably thorough vision of Cambodia’s art, from the pre-history to the post-Angkor periods.

 

Angkor period statues: the main highlight of the National Museum of Cambodia.

 

Not only the large art collections or the valuable patrimony had made the museum to top the list of world`s museums, but also the educational trail offered to visitors was taken into consideration as is offering the opportunity to delve into history, to be affordable and effortless and helping visitors to understand, contemplate and relax at the same time.

On November 24, 2017, on the function of the official signing of the 2017 World Tourism, Culture and Travel Awards, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea announced the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PHNOM PENH is recognized as a WORLD`S FAVORITE MUSEUM for a second year in a row for his priceless artifacts and outstanding contribution to the human civilization understanding.

 

In 2016 the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF  CAMBODIA received the visits of ASEAN delegates, European Union delegates, who praised the outstanding humanity’s legacy of  Kingdom of Cambodia and of the European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates led by President Anton Caragea.