Cooperation and connectivity to be focus of action plan.

Mekong countries eye food and religion for tourism boost

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Mekong countries keen to improve connectivity. Photo Credit: fbxx/GettyImages
Mekong tourism ministers have agreed to boost cooperation, particularly in religious and food tourism.

Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam met last week in Chiang Mai where they agreed to create action plans on tourism cooperation, focussing  on connectivity between countries, marketing activities and sustainable tourism.

The  four CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam) also agreed to further promote tourism cooperation under the ‘Four Countries-One Destination’ programme, with the goal of facilitating travel, creating new tourism products, improving tourist safety, and boosting cooperation with the private sector.

Thong Khon, Cambodia’s tourism minister, said cooperation must focus on religious and food tourism.

“The countries have great potential in Buddhism and culinary tourism, with a great history and culture, which are important factors in attracting tourists,” Khon said in a Facebook post on the ministry’s page, reported by Khmer Times.

The number of international tourist arrivals in Mekong countries reached 67.7 million in 2018, an increase of 10.6% compared to 2017.

Cambodia received 6.2 million international tourists last year and aims to welcome at least seven million this year.

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