The clean city contest held once every three-year will become a good opportunity for Cambodia in making her city to become a green tourist destination with high quality and be part of the development of Green Economy in Cambodia for the prevention of climate change, in particular contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, said the Cambodian premier at the event.
According to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, winning-cities must be cities that have good environment and sanitation, and good order together with sufficient supporting infrastructure providing warmth and good places for people living in the cities and providing good and attractive sightseeing for tourists.
Winning-cities will receive a certificate as an encouragement for the maintenance and promotion of city’s environmental standard and beauty, which is an honor for the winning-cities, he said, adding that this will help promote the reputation and superiority of the city to show to tourists and stakeholders, in particular investors, national and international organizations.
Samdech Techo Prime Minister further highly appreciated the development of the country’s tourism sector, indicating that last year, Cambodia attracted over 2.88 million foreign visitors, an increase by 15 percent as compared with 2010.
Meanwhile, he also called for more attention on domestic tourists. “We should not only encourage and attract the foreign visitors, but also the domestic tourists. The domestic visitors are not afraid to stay in guesthouses, 4 stars or even 5 stars hotels, he said.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen also appealed the local authorities to pay more attention on waste management, especially on the plastic bags, while currently in Phnom Penh there are 1,600 tones of wastes per day.
H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism said last year the tourism sector generated some US$1,912 million (12 percent of the GDP), and provided jobs to 350,000 workers.
Cambodia expected to attract around 3.2 million foreign visitors this year, 4.5 million in 2015, and 7 million by 2020 with US$5-billion income and 800,000 jobs for people, he said.