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.

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WORLD TOURISM DAY 2018 THEME DECIDED BY EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE

WORLD TOURISM DAY 2018 THEME DECIDED BY EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE

Next year date for WORLD TOURISM DAY celebration was decided to be September 27 2018 and the official theme will be TOURISM AND CULTURAL PROTECTION! These where the executive decisions taken by European Council on Tourism and Trade leadership on the Word Tourism Day celebrations. 

 

Celebrated worldwide since 1980, 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.

 

This year, the Official Celebrations are held in Phnom Penh , the capital city of Kingdom of Cambodia, winner of World Best Tourism Destination designation and in Bucharest on October 4, 2017 under the Chairmanship of European Council on Tourism and Trade.

 

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.

 

President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea signs the ECTT- WORLD TOURISM DAY 2018 logo and document: TOURISM AND CULTURAL PROTECTION! 

 


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The Official Celebrations taking place in Phnom Penh, and marked as usually also at World Tourism Institute of European Council on Tourism and Trade center and garnering world tourism leaders, industry entrepreneurs and researchers, Global Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals  among other key actors in the sector.

The event was opened by the President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, who emphasized the cultural and heritage booster and promoter role of Tourism and the links of the sector with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals as well as the carry torch role of the Global Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals in the global economic diversification and socially oriented growth.

On this occasion H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea – ECTT President announced that: Global Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals project will continue unabated until 2030, the year marked by United Nations for the completion of the 17 Goals at world level.

In conjunction with European Tourism Academy, European Council on Tourism and Trade announced that 2018 World Tourism Day theme will be: TOURISM AS A CULTURAL PROTECTOR, emphasizing tourism  role in promoting awareness for cultural and heritage patrimony , in boosting the resources allocated for their maintenance and preservation and in educating future generations on their role as guardian`s and custodians of these world treasures.

 

Academician Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia-Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo.

 

In the Kingdom of Cambodia, the official host of World Tourism Day for European Council on Tourism and Trade celebration, the premier’s message on World Tourism Day,  Academician Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia said the tourism sector continues to contribute to Cambodia’s economy.

 

“In recognition of the contribution tourism has made, the government through the Tourism Ministry will continue to develop the tourism market, develop tourism products, and further promote new areas like youth tourism, urban tourism and shopping tourism,” said Mr Hun Sen.

“Currently, the tourism sector is the third biggest export industry in the world after the chemical and oil industries,” he added. “Tourism brings hope, prosperity and fosters people-to-people relations in the world.”

This year’s theme for World Tourism Day was “Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development”.

“Tourism can contribute to all the three crucial areas of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – and each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” said Academician Hun Sen.

“Not only does the sector contribute to economic growth, it also improves the quality of people’s lives. It can bolster environmental protection, champion diverse cultural heritage, and strengthen peace in the world,” added the premier.

CARACAS IS ACCEPTED AS A POTENTIAL CANDIDATE CITY FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM – ECTT PRESIDENT OFFICE

CARACAS IS ACCEPTED AS A POTENTIAL CANDIDATE CITY FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM – ECTT PRESIDENT OFFICE

Latin America has started a push for tourism development and international recognition.

After a wave of  candidature`s  from the region where registered for 2017 WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD now it was the time for Venezuela to invite for a familiarization and discovery trip a high level delegation of European Council on Tourism and Trade and to start preparing for a candidature of Caracas, the capital city, to the international title of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

All this is offering new hopes for tourism growth and is paving the way for a cultural revival of Latin America with the support of European Council on Tourism and Trade.

 

European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, has accepted the invitation from Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Jorge Arreaza  Montserrat, for a familiarization visit with the realities of the Latin American country.

 

Jorge Arreaza  Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela invited an European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation to see first hand the realities of Venezuela.  

 

Jorge Arreaza  Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela has marked in the official invitation letter addressed to European Council on Tourism and Trade President: As the Minister of People Power for International Relations I consider with interest your participation in this space of magnitude importance and your solidarity in this historical moment when we celebrated the legacy of dignity and  justice of Comandante Hugo Chavez and of President Nicolas Maduro bequeathed to the Venezuelan people and to the Bolivarian revolution.  

 

A concert in the honour of Bolivarian Revolution has enjoyed the presence of European council on Tourism and Trade delegates.

 

 The visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade high level representatives took place in the period between 15 to 22 September 2017 and is part of a broader strategy of the President Nicolas Maduro government to develop Venezuela’s tourism industry and to diversify the nation’s economy and reduce dependence on oil income.

Tourism is a tool for the betterment of  Venezuela: H.E. Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela presents the city of CARACAS candidature for World Capital of Culture and Tourism to H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.

 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President remarked: Venezuela has one of the most diverse climates, with ice capped Andean mountains to the west, Amazon jungle to the south, wide rivers and tall waterfalls surrounded by tabletop mountains and unusual rock formations to the southeast, and a gorgeous, pristine Caribbean coast to the north that has some of the world’s finest and exclusive beaches, such as Los Roques and highest waterfalls on the planet, Angel Falls.

President/Professor Dr. Anton Caragea hosted in  MIRAFORES TV studios and  National Venezuelan Television.

 

During the week-long visit, the high-level European Council delegates hold extensive talks with various officials like: Juan Bautista Arias Palacio – Minister for Basic and Strategic Industries and Socialist Development, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister of Tourism.

 

President Dr. Anton Caragea receives for discussions at Hotel Alba the Vice-Minister of Tourism of Venezuela. 

 

Agreements regarding economic cooperation, tourism promotion, TV travel documentaries and  bilateral information exchange and cooperation for SDG completion in the framework of Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals where tabled.

 

Cooperation in the field of tourism promotion and ECTT technical  support for Caracas drafting a coherent plan to obtain the election as World Capital of Culture and Tourism was also agreed.

 

The highlights of the visit, where the two memorable encounters with President Nicolas Maduro.

On September 19, 2017, Professor  Dr. Anton Caragea took the distinct honor to sign the HONORARY BOOK at MIRAFLORES Presidential Palace.

 

On 17 September 2017, the delegates part take in the President TV Show: Sundays with Maduro! together with Evo Morales, Bolivian President.

 

 

Evo Morales, President of Bolivia presents a tourism booklet to European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation.

During the discussions, the tourism and cultural connections between the two countries were tabled and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has given as gifts to the two President’s his latest book on Interference of Civilizations in European Union Project.

 

On 19 September 2017, in the conclusion of The International March of Solidarity with Venezuela, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was invited for a photo session with President Nicolas Maduro, signed the Honorary Book at Miraflores Palace and has given an interview to the Miraflores TV Channel, expressing his support for Bolivarian Revolution role in forging a free and democratic Latin America.

 

 

The cultural program of the visit included discovery trips to Natural Sanctuary of Waraira Repano, a tour of Caracas landmarks like The Cathedral of Caracas, Saint Francis, Simon Bolivar birthplace etc.

 

 

The cable car of Caracas connecting the city with Waraira Repano.

A special day was dedicated to offering respect for Venezuelan history major figures, with a visit to National Pantheon and a stop to Simon Bolivar funeral monument and Francisco Miranda tomb.

Simon Bolivar: The Hero of Latin American Liberation struggle: a lay over charged with respect for official delegates.

 

An emotionally charged moment was the visit to Mountain Quarter (Quartel de la Montana) the place where the architect of the Bolivarian Revolution and the apostle of the poor`s: Commander Hugo Chavez is laid for eternal rest surrounded by world gratitude and love.

 

The delegates witnessed the changing of the guard and where hart struck by the powerful words of remembering for the fallen hero: Chavez lives!

 

 

President Dr. Anton Caragea in a moment of respect in front of the Commander HUGO CHAVEZ Mausoleum in Mountain Quarter (Quartel de la Montana).

 

The ECTT delegation visit to Venezuela has given a new impetus to the relations between nations and their attendance to the world solidarity movement with Venezuela has being registered with gratitude by the people of the Caribbean nation, proudly building a revolution of freedom and dignity.

 

Venezuela it is blessed with an impressive diversity of natural treasures including crystalline beaches, dense jungles, expansive savannas and imposing mountains and we hope that the beautiful city of Caracas will have a fighting chance in WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM competition, stated ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

It will be an incredible boost for all Caribbean region concluded the President.

Caracas: a candidate city for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

The telepheric connecting Caracas and Waraira Repano

Natural sanctuary of Waraira Repano

MIRAFLORES Presidential Palace: the beating heart of Venezuela welcomed ECTT President!

Cathedral of Caracas: a splendid architectural marvel.

Saint Francisc Church of Caracas.

MINISTER THONG KHON: I HAVE TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE FOR EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE ROLE ON GREEN GOLD (TOURISM) PROMOTION

MINISTER THONG KHON: I HAVE TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE FOR EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE ROLE ON GREEN GOLD (TOURISM) PROMOTION

H.E. Dr. THONG Khon, Minister of Tourism

at Awarding Ceremony of “Cambodia-World Best Tourist Destination for 2016 and

Favorite Cultural Destination for 2016”Awards

Peace Palace, June 22, 2016

Dr. THONG KHON-Cambodia Minister of Tourism

Minister of Tourism Dr. Thong Khon is keeping the Opening speech for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD ceremony in Phnom Penh-22 June 2016

 

Highly Respectful,

– Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia!

– Samdech, Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, Deputy Prime Ministers, Senior Ministers, and

Ministers!

– H.E. Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade

– Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, Ambassadors, Diplomatic Corps,

Distinguished National and International Guests!

Today, on behalf of leaders and officials of the Ministry of Tourism, and all distinguished participants of the ceremony and on my own behalf, we would like to proudly express our great pleasure and honor to Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia for taking his tight schedule with a mission to serve the country and people to highly preside over the auspicious Awarding Ceremony of “Cambodia-World Best Tourist Destination for 2016, and Favorite Cultural Destination for 2016” Awards.

I would like to thanks Samdech, Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, Deputy Prime Ministers, Senior Ministers, Ministers, Distinguished National and International Guests for participating in the meaningful awarding ceremony at this time.

A winning minister-Dr. Khong Thon

Minister of Tourism Dr. Thong Khon is savoring a victory for Cambodia: Favorite Cultural Destination triumph and the fulfillment of the vision of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Seizing this opportunity, I would like to voice my special thanks to the European Council on Tourism and Trade and Dr. Anton Caragea, as the President for awarding Cambodia the Awards of World Best Tourist Destination for 2016 and Favorite Cultural Destination for 2016 and to the European Tourism Academy for unanimously electing Samdech Techo Prime Minister as an Honorary Member of the European Tourism Academy.

– Highly Respectful Samdech Techo Prime Minister!

– Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, Ladies and Gentlemen!

Stemming from the “Win-Win” Policy of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Cambodia has enjoyed full peace, development in all sectors, particularly tourism has grown considerably over the last decade.

The tourism sector, which is considered as the green-gold is a sector sustaining socio-economic growth, creating jobs, and alleviating poverty of the people, and playing an important role as on-site exports, contributing to supporting the regional integration.

Apparently, in 2015, we achieved a growth rate of 6.1% with arrival of international tourists of about 4.8 million and bringing revenue of more than US $ 3,000 million, and increasing employment opportunities for about 620 thousand people into the economy.

Following the forecasts for 2020, international tourist arrivals are expected to rise to about 7 million people and bringing the total revenue of approximately US $ 5,000 million, creating job opportunities for nearly 1 million people.

The subsequent boom of Cambodian tourism cannot be cut off from the country’s attractiveness as a tourist destination at regional and global levels.

Obviously, in 2015, the world-class trip advisor (Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice) (Chosen based on voting by travelers on its website) has considered the Kingdom of Cambodia as the world’s most attractive tourist destination (World Award Winners 2014-2015).

Particularly, Angkor Wat Temple was ranked first in both Asia and the world as the most attractive one amongst the other 25 national identification marking tourist destinations in the world (Landmarks Award), and Siem Reap City was ranked first in Asia and second in the world as the most attractive tourist destination (Destination in the World).

In 2016, Tripadvisor has also chosen the Siem Reap Province as the best Tourist Destination in Asia and selected Angkor Wat Temple as the Asia’s most attractive national identification marking tourist site (The Best Landmark in Asia).

Especially, for Cambodian tourism, today it is a great honor for Cambodia being unanimously elected as the “World Best Tourist Destination for 2016” by the European Council on Tourism and Trade.

– Highly Respectful Samdech Techo Prime Minister!

– Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, Ladies and Gentlemen!

I have a great honor to respectfully report to Samdech Techo Prime Minister that the European Council on Tourism and Trade was established in 2005, and has its headquarter in European Union, with a mission to promote tourism, investment and exchange of experiences and knowledge relevant to the tourism sector, particularly cultural tourism of Europe and the rest of the world.

To support its activities, the Council created the award of “World Best Tourist Destination” yearly to promote the tourism sector in the countries who are qualified enough (with evaluations based on key indicators of potential natural and cultural tourism and direction as the policy of the candidate country).

Since 2007, there were countries awarded the awards in the Africa and Asia (including the Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirate, the People’s Republic of Laos in 2013 and the Republic of Zimbabwe in 2014).

In general, after receiving the awards, the destination countries usually received significant tourism growth of European tourists.

1000 high ranking Cambodian representatives attend WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016

Minister of Tourism Dr. Thong Khon had brought 1.000 high ranking officials that are believing in Cambodia`s destiny for World Best Tourist Destination Award ceremony in 2016.

For 2016, the Board of the European Council on Tourism and Trade reviewed and discussed the 29 candidates countries for the award-winning candidate of “World Best Tourist Destination for 2016” and decided unanimously to elect:

  1. “Cambodia-World Best Tourist Destination for 2016”

  2. “Cambodia-Favorite Cultural Destination for 2016”

Cambodia has been chosen as a winner for 2016, which is based on the wonders of Cambodia (Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder), where is filled with the World Heritage of both tangible heritage (including Angkor Wat Temple and Preah Vihear Temple as the World Heritage) and intangible assets as the abundant natural potential (including mangrove forest preserved and conserved areas, and Ramsar areas) and natural smile and greeting of Cambodian people, along with the development of all sectors in Cambodia, under the brilliant and sound leadership of Samdech Techo Prime Minister, and especially the development of Cambodian tourism based on the proper policy and strategy, namely the commitments to sustainable and inclusive tourism development (Sustainability and Inclusiveness).

The election of Samdech Techo Prime Minister as an Honorary Member of the European Tourism Academy is the most recognition of leadership perspective value of Samdech Techo in preserving and conserving the Cambodian cultural heritage and in encouraging Cambodian tourism development through ensuring the peace, political stability, Cambodian socio-economic development with significant progress for the nation of Cambodia.

I would like to kindly inform the whole participants that in order to achieve the longterm vision and perspective for the development of Cambodian tourism, in particular as the tourist destination with sustainability, responsibility, and world-class attractiveness, the Royal Government set out the Law on Tourism.

National Policy on Tourism, Tourism Development Strategic Plan 2012-2020.

Under the spirit of the Law on Tourism and Tourism Development Strategic Plan 2012-2020, the Ministry of Tourism as the Cambodian Royal Government’s wing has launched the Tourism Reform Plan 2015-2018 by focusing on the priority angles:

(1). Strengthening the tourism industry, “One Service, One Standard”

(2). Improving tourism promotion and attractive and creative tourism product development (By setting out Cambodian Tourism Marketing Strategy 2016-2020)

 (3). Improving human resource development in tourism sector “One Staff, One Skill”

(4). Encouraging the use of information technology in tourism sector (E-tourism).

In addition, we have the contest movement of “Clean City, Clean Resort, Good Service, Best Hospitality” as the core to encourage and increase the effective implementation of the tourism development strategic plan, as well as tourism reform plan through launching the Clean City Contest Movement in 2011, and Eco-business Contest Movement in tourism sector in 2015.

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

Applauses for Minister Dr. Thong Khon and President Dr. Anton Caragea on the scene of  WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2016. Hard work deserves recognition!

Particularly, today, with the high approval of the Royal Government, through the letter No.516 SCHN.PK dated May 30, 2016, for allowing for the preparation of the Best Hospitality Contest Movement and transforming the contest to the National Agenda by inspiring the citizens, officials, private sector, youth and development partners to join together in order to improve the service and hospitality better for contributing to the promotion of all tourist destinations in the Kingdom of Cambodia as the tourist destination with attractiveness, warmth, and providing memorable experiences for tourists with natural smile and greetings of Cambodian people.

– Highly Respectful Samdech Techo Prime Minister!

– Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, Ladies and Gentlemen!

In order to make the Best Hospitality Contest Movement sustainable and widespread throughout the country and becoming the national agenda, all stakeholders (Public – private – youth – citizens) must join together to further promote the attractiveness of Cambodian tourism, as well as enhance the prestige of Cambodia “Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder”, namely the Ministry of Tourism and the National Committee for Clean City Assessment have prepared “4” documents for supporting the contest movement and developed an online voting assessment system (www.cambodiabesthospitality.org). which allows the citizens and tourists to provide online comments (through linking to QR-Code): Service and Hospitality Provided by Tour Operators and Officials at International Checkpoints for Tourists, etc.

CAMBODIA 2016

– Highly Respectful Samdech Techo Prime Minister!

– Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, Ladies and Gentlemen!

In celebration of the award of Cambodia-World Best Tourist Destination and the launching of the Best Hospitality Contest Movement, the Ministry of Tourism and the National Committee for Clean City Assessment plan to launch various important tourism programs (in addition to programs and campaigns at present) as follow:

  1. Continuing the promotional campaign “Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder” and the contest movement of “Clean City, Clean Resort, Good Service, Best Hospitality”.

  1. In collaboration with the relevant ministerial-institutions, the Ministry of Tourism will create a permanent tourism program under the name of “Cambodia-My Second Home” for welcoming the long-stay tourists and senior tourists and plans to cooperate with the Union of Youth Federation of Cambodia and relevant institutions to develop a program of “Cambodia: My Homeland” under the slogan of “Everyone can go”, which is the national program and contributes to pushing for a permanent program and encouraging the staffs, employees, employers, students, and youth to possibly arranging their trips at least 1 time per year, and a program of Cambodian Students-Tourism Ambassadors to be aimed at increasing more voluntary tourism activities in Cambodia.

  1. In order to increase the benefits of this award, the Ministry of Tourism plans to set up an Annual Photo Contest Program for tourist visiting Cambodia under the “Secret Trail of Cambodia” Program, which can be the tourists’ selfie photo or tourist destination photo contest in order to attract and promote the online promotion on Facebook, which is a digital marketing and promotion and to encourage to further love and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.

CAMBODIA 2016

Moreover, the Ministry of Tourism will launch the Tourism Mobile App soon.

  1. To support the “Best Hospitality” Contest Movement, while this movement is dependent on the involvement of people “People-Based Approach”, the Ministry of Tourism will create a training and best hospitality supporting program, named as “My Service, Your Smile” by encouraging all relevant stakeholders, including public institutions and private sector to make cooperation and develop the Best Hospitality training programs for officials, youth, and their staffs, who interact directly with customers and tourists (including beers and wedding ceremony supporting staffs.. etc.).

Meanwhile, to make this program successful, it requires the support and sponsors from the relevant stakeholders, private vocational training schools for the preparation of this training course.

  1. In order to ensure the principle of transparency, the provision of services with honesty, not fraudulent to clients and visitors, the Ministry of Tourism

encourages local tourism businesses, relevant institutions, and private sector to set up a Code of Ethics for managing its employees to ensure the provision of professional and honest services.

So far, the Ministry of Tourism has set up the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct for tour guides and already established a system of monitoring the implementation of this professional, and will continue to inspire and help other areas to set up this Code of Ethics.

– Highly Respectful Samdech Techo Prime Minister!

– Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, Ladies and Gentlemen!

I have a great honor to respectfully inform that this celebration was attended by the relevant competent authorities, ministries and institutions, tour operators, youth, national and international organizations, and embassies with a total of 1,000 people.

I would like to seize this opportunity, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, to express my profound gratitude to Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia for usually paying high attention to leading and encouraging Cambodian tourism development with sustainability and responsibility, especially supporting the contest movement of “Clean City, Clean Resort, Good Service, Best Hospitality”.

Minister Thank Khon announces Cambodia is World Best Tourist Destination in 2016Cambodia is on the wave of international recognition and Tourism Minister is faithfully serving the country and bringing to light the vision of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo – Academician HUN SEN.

On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, I would like to deeply thank H.E. Dr. Prof. Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, and his colleagues for awarding the awards of “Cambodia-World Best Tourist Destination for 2016, and Cambodia-Favorite Cultural Destination for 2016”, and the European Tourism Academy through Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, President of the European Tourism Academy for unanimously electing Samdech Techo Prime Minister as an Honorary Member of the European Tourism Academy.

We strongly believe that in the name of an honorary member of the European Tourism Academy, Cambodian tourism will be well-developed and more European tourists will make their visits to Cambodia, benefiting the socio-economic development in a sustainable manner.

Last but not least, on behalf of the entire ceremony, and myself, I would like to respectfully wish Samdech Techo Prime Minister and Lok Chumteavs Kittipritbandit and their families healthy, wisdom, and strength in order to lead and develop Cambodia towards prosperity and happiness for the people.

Finally, May I wish Samdech, Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, Ladies and Gentlemen the four gems of Buddhist Blessings: Longevity, Nobility, Health, and Strength.

TURKMENISTAN AND EUROPE ARE DEVELOPING TOURISM COOPERATION

TURKMENISTAN AND EUROPE ARE DEVELOPING TOURISM COOPERATION

The month of April 2015 was  witnessing extremely important events in the Central Asia tourism dynamics.

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European Tourism Council President received in traditional manner on Ashgabat

Amongst Central Asian nations Turkmenistan is making headway with Ashgabad becoming the first ever WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov named as Academician of European Tourism Academy  and recognized as a World Leader in Tourism (2011).

With European Council on Tourism and Trade support and promotion Turkmenistan registered more than 1 million tourist`s per year.

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ECTT President and Minister of Economy of Turkmenistan are holding regular consultation. 

Turkmenistan is also receiving on yearly basis since 2010 an European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation for a familiarization trip.

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ECTT President-Dr. Anton Caragea is surrounded by the Turkmenistan National Musical Group

The tourism and cultural relations between Europe and Turkmenistan had entered into a new phase with the presence of the 5th European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) delegation in Turkmenistan.

The delegation toured Turkmenistan touristic facilities and hot spots in the framework of the annual ECTT visit during 6 to 12 April 2015.

Under the leadership of H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, the European tourism delegation had marked the continuous development of the tourism cooperation between Europe and Turkmenistan.

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ECTT delegation tours Konya-Urgench- a world cultural tourism site 

During the latest five cultural delegation` s European Council on Tourism and Trade has contributed with ideas and information’s to important tourism, cultural and academic events held in Turkmenistan under the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov supervision such as: Oguznama International Conference , Ethnography  Congress of Turkmenistan , International Congress of the 15 Anniversary of Turkmenistan Neutrality , Turkmenistan in the Epoch of New Revival and finally the International Congress dedicated to life and work of world renamed Turkmen poet: Nurmuhammet Andalip.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation visited the world heritage UNESCO site of Kunya-Urgench where they participated at the festivity dedicated to the great Turkmen poet Nurmuhammet Andalip works and visited the world renowned monuments of Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Ahmad and famous Sufi philosopher Nedjmedin Kubra.

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President Anton Caragea received by the President of Parliament of Turkmenistan 

The European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation was received by Turkmen Parliament Presidency and hold talks at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy of Turkmenistan.

The parties had agreed on intensifying the bilateral relation, the tourism relation`s between Turkmenistan and European Council on Tourism and Trade being considered as excellent and was emphasized the need to foster economical cooperation dimension on bilateral relations.

During the dialogue with Turkmen authorities H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade was presented with the framework of State Committee for Tourism of Turkmenistan, who was established in 2012 and to the significance of the Committee for the Awaza National Tourist Zone.

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Awaza tourist facilities created with European vision and Turkmenistan desire to become a touristic hot spot

During next year (2016) visit to Turkmenistan H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade promised that the familiarization trip will concentrate on Awaza tourist potential and will direct an awareness campaign for this region.

Turkmenistan Minister of Foreign Affairs who hosted the European Council on Tourism and Trade familiarization trip to country express his appreciation for the long term support and commitment offered by European Council on Tourism and Trade for tourism activities in Turkmenistan and for promoting the high standing of the country in the world and for promoting Turkmenistan as a safe and cultural first class destination in the world.

ALGERIA OFFICIALLY REGISTERED AS A CONTENDER  FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION RECOGNITION

ALGERIA OFFICIALLY REGISTERED AS A CONTENDER FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION RECOGNITION

On December 6, 2014, the presentation and official handout of the candidature file of People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria for 2015-World Best Tourist Destination Award had taken place.

The President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea express his sincere congratulation as People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria is registering his candidature for World Best Tourist Destination candidate status, a perfect moment in the history of the country and the region.

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Capital city of Alger hopes to be elected as World Capital of Culture and Tourism for 2015.

 

The candidatures of capital city of Alger and the archaeological site of Tlemcen (former Cultural Capital of the Arab World) as World Capital of Culture and Tourism for 2015 are also important moments in the perfect world branding the country.

H.E. Ambassador of People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria stated that between Europe and Algeria we can observe a large area of common interests , designed to forge a good understanding  between the two nations.

 

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 Friendly meeting between H.E.President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and H.E. Ambassador of People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.

The European – Algerian relationship must be an example for a better relation between Europe and North African countries.

If in the last period the bilateral dialogue, especially economic and tourism cooperation, with this area was faltering, now it is an auspicious moment for reconstructing and rebuilding this framework of dialogue and friendship, with the support of the most prestigious tourism organization in the world-European Council on Tourism and Trade, appreciated algerian ambassador outlining here appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea and had stated that the vision of developing and fostering new economic, politic and cultural relations between Europe and People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria is a mutual and treasured vision.

The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future after the competitions for World Best Tourist Destination Award and World Capital of Culture and Tourism.

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria is a perfect tourist destination that is garnering: cultural and historical patrimony, beautiful scenic landscapes like Sahara, Tindouf, Oran, Constantine, and a perfect Mediterranean Sea Riviera, confidently declared President Anton Caragea.

I wish full success to People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria candidature for World Best Tourist Destination Award and World Capital of Culture and Tourism and I hope that the country will be able to capitalize on the fact that his candidature for the highest tourism awards was submitted for our consideration, concluded ECTT President.

KINGDOM OF JORDAN IS REGISTERED AS A CANDIDATE FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015

KINGDOM OF JORDAN IS REGISTERED AS A CANDIDATE FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015

On 3 of November 2014, the presentation of the candidature program of Kingdom of Jordan for 2015-World Best Tourist Destination Award had taken place.

The President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea express his heart-felt congratulation on the registering of Jordan as a World Best Tourist Destination Award candidate, a perfect moment in increasing the international standing of the country.

The candidatures of capital city of Amman and the archaeological site of Jerash as World Capital of Culture and Tourism for 2015 are also important moments in world branding the country.

H.E. Jordan Ambassador Sakker Malcavi that underlined that between Europe and Jordan we can observe a large area of common interests , designed to forge a good understanding  between the two nations.

 

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 Friendly meeting between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade and H.E. Sakker Malcavi, Ambassador of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The European – Jordanian relationship must be an example for a better relation between Europe and Middle Eastern countries.

If in the last period the bilateral dialogue, especially economic and tourism cooperation with this area was faltering, now it is an auspicious moment for reconstructing and rebuilding this framework of dialogue and friendship with the support of the highest tourism organization in the world-European Council on Tourism and Trade, appreciated ambassador Sakker Malcavi outlining his appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea and had stated that the vision of developing and fostering new economic, politic and cultural relations between Europe and Jordan is a shared vision.

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Jerash-candidate city of WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future after the competitions for World Best Tourist Destination Award and World Capital of Culture and Tourism.

Kingdom of Jordan is a perfect tourist destination that is encapsulating cultural and historical patrimony, beautiful scenic landscapes, and a perfect share of the Red Sea Riviera stated President Anton Caragea.

Especially important was the common analysis of the region problems and evolution`s and the shared vision in a Middle East free of terrorism menaces, living in peace and development, a vision that drive`s Jordan and European Council on Tourism and Trade towards tourism and economic cooperation with a mutual goal.

I wish full success to Jordan candidature for World Best Tourist Destination Award and World Capital of Culture and Tourism, concluded ECTT President.

 

The dialogue led the foundations of a successful diplomatic mandate and fostering the relations between European Council on Tourism and Trade and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and constitutes a promise for re-launching world tourism towards Jordan in the nearest future.