Cambodia, Azerbaijan To Sign Agreement To Boost Tourism

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Azerbaijan Ambassador to Cambodia Anar Imanov says his countrymen are attracted to the Kingdom for it cultural sites, such as the Angkor temples, and its tourist sites, such as the beaches of Sihanoukville.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) is to be signed between Cambodia and Azerbaijan to help foster cooperation in tourism and boost the flow of visitors between the countries by setting up a direct flight next year.

Azerbaijan Ambassador Anar Imanov has seen the potential of tourism in the Kingdom, including cultural and tourism sites such as the Angkor temples and natural, clean beaches, according to Tourism Minister Thong Khon, who met with the Ambassador last week.

“Especially, Cambodia has peace and full political and social stability, which are catching the attention of tourists and investors from Azerbaijan,” said Thong Khon. “Both sides also discussed attracting investors from Azerbaijan to invest in Cambodia, especially in tourism. Both Cambodia and Azerbaijan are willing to sign the MoU as soon as next year and plan to set up a working group for that.”

According to the Ministry’s report, Cambodia received 3.7 million foreign tourists in the first nine months of this year, up around five percent from the same period last year. The Ministry is targeting 7.5 million international tourists a year by 2020, which they say will generate $5 billion in economic revenue annually and create roughly one million jobs.

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