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Mon, 30 November 2020

ASEAN Tourism Forum 2021 Postponed Until January 2022

[30 Nov 2020] The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2021, originally scheduled to take place in Cambodia from 17-23 January, has been postponed until January 2022.

The travel trade show, one of the most important annual industry events in the region, rotates yearly between each member country. Last year, the ATF 2019 was held in Brunei, and the year before that in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

Statue of King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. XU-878. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com. Click to enlarge.

While some countries seem to have successfully contained the COVID19 pandemic, resurgent cases have also been observed in others. Countries worldwide are trying to balance the need to reopen for tourism and business, whilst safeguarding their national health systems and residents.

As the ASEAN Tourism Forum attracts thousands of delegates from around the world - including NTOs, media, sellers, buyers and government ministers - it would be almost impossible to host such an event in the current situation.

Cambodia had been expecting to welcome around 20 million visitor arrivals this year, but is now looking at just 20% of that. The Kingdom's provisional target for 2021 is 6.6 million.

Whilst Cambodia's travel and tourism industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, the government has used the downturn to invest in crucial infrastructure, building new roads in Siem Reap and investing in airports near Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. The country has also started targeting the domestic tourism market, something it had never really done prior to COVID19.

The dates for the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 have yet to be confirmed.

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