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European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) is the leading world and regional tourism organization representing a market of 800 millions costumers from all around Europe with members and delegations in 28 countries.
President Anton Caragea remarked that we are in the presence of a historical leader, of a person who rebuild it Cambodia from zero to hero status, and was always a symbol of the country resistance.
European Tourism leader, President Anton Caragea marked the main terms of cooperation with the Kingdom of Cambodia and outlined the main points of a three years plans (2017-2020) in fostering the tourism and cultural international presence of Cambodia in the world.
Minister Thong Khon voiced his special thanks to the European Council on Tourismand Trade and President 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.
The target of the three-year plan of cooperation with ECTT is to bring to life the forecasts for 2020, international tourist arrivals that is expected to rise to about 7 million people and to bring the total revenue of approximately US $ 5,000 million, creating job opportunities for nearly 1 million people.
Minister Thong Khon outlining his sector achievements at WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 function.
Minister Thong Khon outlined also for President Anton Caragea his office plans for a 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.
President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Minister Thong Khon had a photo taken with the participants at bilateral tourism meeting: Europe-Kingdom of Cambodia.
In the framework of the official visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia, the official high level meeting between ECTT President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Academician Dr. Hun Sen-Prime Minister of Cambodia has taken place.
The shake-hand of friendship and respect: a perfect beginning to the dialogue between Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia Academician Dr. HUN SEN and European President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
The President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, highlighted the intense development that brought Cambodia to the fore of international economic growth and also praised the country ambitious social revenues distribution agenda towards the poor and marginal communities.
H.E. Cambodia Prime Minister: Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN had graciously expressed his gratitude for the encouragements offered by President Anton Caragea.
H.E. President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and H.E. Prime Minister of Cambodia-Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo-HUN SEN
The successful governance of our country was based on the trust build between his team and the people of Cambodia and validated in the course of the years, by the electoral voting process, concluded Academician Dr. HUN SEN.
In relation to this trust, the Prime Minister of Cambodia officially announced, for the first time, his desire to stand for re-election at the general ballot in 2018.
ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea wished to be the first to offer his congratulation and stated that Khmer people must proceed to the path of economic development and growth and take full advantage of the experience and trust bestow upon the government led by Academician dr. HUN SEN.
Only Prime Minster Samdech HUN SEN can offer to the nation the necessary guarantees for integrity and continuous development for people of Cambodia, underlined Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
More issues were put under the limelight such as: migration crisis, the tense world political situation, the crisis in the Arab world and European crisis brought about by Brexit.
Over reaching dialogue, lofty discussion between Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Cambodia and President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea MA, FINS, ETA.
On the bilateral horizon, the discussion had tabled themes like: increase in bilateral trade and exchanges and it was decided that a joint team of experts will start working on a Cambodia Development Plan for 2050.
Thousand of people have take part in filming the summer 2016 video clip presenting to the world the importance and significance of tourism and raising awareness of Cambodia`s inestimable travel and cultural potential and the results where summarised in two perfect songs conquering the world with their tunes.
When you are thinking about Cambodia`s tourism the first thing that cross your mind are: the recently awarded title of World Best Tourist Destinationor the scenic spots of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, or the majestic Mekong, or the clear waters of Koh Rong island, but you wouldn’t necessary focus on music and you would be wrong, because Cambodia has started the journey to conquer the tourism world with a song.
The song CAMBODIA IS WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION was performed during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Phnom Penh World Travel and Tourism Awards 2016.
Another million dollars song is the CAMBODIA-FAVOURITE CULTURAL DESTINATION, with Khmer lyrics by Hun Heng, a local star in music creation and benefiting the talented voice of Son Srey Pich, a Khmer music star.
The song rose quickly to fame on the account of the perfect blending of powerful music and enchanted videos showcasing the incredible beauty of Cambodia.
European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea attended the General meeting of world tourism community had celebrated the world level achievers in tourism and culture in a glittering display on 22 june 2016, hosted by the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh.
President Dr. Anton Caragea officiated over the important moment for world tourism when the Kingdom of Cambodia was officially crowned as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 and universally acclaimed as FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2016.
The full text of the powerful speech delivered by ECTT President can be observed here:
Your Excellency Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Dr. HUN SEN- Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia,
Your Excellency Mr. Thong Khon – Minister of Tourism,
Esteemed members of Royal Government of Cambodia, of Parliament of Cambodia, distinguished member’s diplomatic corps
All protocol observed
We are all assembled here, on the venue of the most important global cultural event: WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARDS, to celebrate the country and the personalities that had contributed outstandingly to humanity evolution.
Humanity, a word that must encompass our greatest achievement: culture, history, development and tourism.
This year theme of world community is concentrated around the role of CULTURE AND HISTORY in shaping our life`s and destinies.
Culture is the bedrock of societies, nations and civilizations.
We have to put the world at the right hour: the hour of culture, of history, of civilization!
Culture and history must be recognized not as resource consuming, but as major economic factors, that helps countries to develop and enrich themselves in more ways than just simple economic value.
Countries and peoples are rediscovering themselves by tourism, cultures are resurrected, history is re-lived and people are creating new opportunities by tourism development.
What is a country that is having all of the industrial and technical riches of the world but does not have the cultural contribution, civilization achievements and a history to look after and preserve?
The answer is: nothing!
Industrial patrimony is becoming obsolete, technology goes yearly outdated: while the history and patrimony are enriching and are becoming more valuable day after day.
Everything fears time, but time fears history, says a valuable proverb!
This is the answer why rich countries are spending billions in preserving what little history they have, in creating a tradition and a civilization out of nothing!
Because they realize, that by material values alone they will count for little!
History and culture are the true indicators of a country and a people values and standing in the world.
Today, in XXI century, culture, tourism and historical patrimony are humanity tools of choice for building bridges of information, understanding and cooperation in the world.
In this new world, when tourism is the center of the economy, culture is the heart of a nation and traveling is the new diplomacy that is shaping peoples and nations destiny, there is no more important moment, as the moment when world tourism is choosing his World Best Tourist Destination.
We are fully aware of the importance of our choice, as we have in some years to support tourism as a vector for economic development, others when we have to privilege tourism as factor of unity in the world, but some time we are fortunate to select our winner on the fundamental base: that TOURISM IS WORLD EDUCATOR.
This, on the account that our decision must lead the way for tourists to discover and rediscover new horizons , to open themselves to new cultures, to immerse in the understanding of new ways of life and creeds.
Our presence here: must be a signal of re-emphasizing our commitment to place history, patrimony and cultural legacy on the world spotlight.
We must never let us forget, the simple truth that: our main duty as a world institution is to make tourism a bridge toward culture, a pathway to understanding the world.
In a time when many are preaching dogmatism and narrow mindedness we must insure that by simple act of tourism we touch the soul and the imagination of the traveler.
This is the rationale, the powerful driving force that etched our decision to universally proclaim THE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA as World Best Tourist Destination for 2016.
We could not think at any country more suitable, to teach the world, the real value of culture, the significance of historical patrimony in the resurgence of a nation and in creating a new scale of values in the world.
On the real scale of values, we seldom find a civilization more originally, more splendid and sending a more powerful sentiment of desire to live, to aim the beauty and to never stop striding for happiness and pride as the KHMER CIVILIZATION.
Travelers that will select, this kingdom of wonders and wisdom-Cambodia, as their destination of choice will have the chance of immersing themselves in a magic land, from where humanity learned the values of greatness of ancient Khmer kings, the spirit of beauty of magic Apsaras, carved in the temples of Angkor Watt and Angkor Thom.
Here is where the magic never stop`s, the wonder never ceased to astonish us. Mekong is becoming part of the magic that is Cambodia and the rich waters of the river flow to the plain and by magic they stop their normal course to the Sea and the turn inlands, creating one of the world larges lakes: Tonle Sap, covering1/10 of the territory of Cambodia.
Where can you see such magic: a river that flows upwards?
Here, in Cambodia, tourists can find themselves and their inner peace and reconnect with God and the world in the magic and wonder of the celebrated WATT of Cambodia.
Here Buddhism will teach you not necessary to become a Buddhist, but to become BETTER: Better Christian, better Free Thinker.
Whatever your religion and creed, Cambodia will educate you, to search for the better in side you and outside: in the world.
This is the wonder of Cambodia!
The striking power of Khmer people, mirrored in the temples of Angkor is a testimony to the ingenuity and prowess of people of Cambodia enshrined forever in the stoned Watt`s of the Siem Reap province.
Astonished travelers of XX century, made up stories of extraterrestrial civilizations coming to build them and as a tourist will see that: these all powerful beings still have a name, a face and an address: is the face of Khmer people, the name of Khmers who labored for ancient kings and the address is only one: Cambodia.
We, in XXI century, we forgot the all conquering power of humans to build, to snatch from nature the materials needed and construct all conquering monuments, that fear neither time, neither decay.
Khmer people and history are here to teach us this valuable lesson: that humanity can do whatever is ambitioning to create!
See Angkor and you will believe!
Today, when we need to be taught also the lesson of humility, of moderation, in our economic and practical goals, the lesson of ecological preservation: Cambodia is also the open book that we need.
When all powerful, and all mighty, Kings of Angkor conquer all that their ambitions has sought after, they started under the influence of Buddhist Theravada to moderate their desire, slowly abandoning their cities and create for them a kingdom to conquer, inside their hearts and minds.
When they finish conquering the world, they started to conquer their souls and inner peace!
When nothing in the world tempts them, they started bettering themselves and making the Khmer people in the most splendid of the temples.
I cannot find another civilization, in the realm of history, capable of such a radical change.
Another wonder in the Kingdom of Wonders: Cambodia!
This is making Cambodia the ideal destination for peoples searching their connection with their inner fillings, in quest for their peace of mind and soul; you can never have better allies that Khmer wisdom.
Because thus is Cambodia today: an educator to the world, a provider of wonder, in a century that stopped believing in them, a classical spiritual adventure, a discovery trip in times and places, that is a must see and is richly deserving the appellative of World Best Tourist Destination.
I will not restart the detailed description of all the UNESCO heritage sites existing in Cambodia or perusing the long list of region and cities awaiting their inscription on world heritage list.
I will just emphasize how rare is country that is offering such a diversity of landscapes, climates, cultural and historical beauties as Cambodia.
Educator of humanity, cradle of culture! This is CAMBODIA of today!
These revenues are helping community to develop, are helping people restarting their lives, protecting cultural landscape and historical legacy.
Coming as a tourist in Cambodia, is not just a self rewarding adventure, but is also an opportunity to make a responsible tourism, fair trade tourism, supporting local communities and poor rural areas.
We are hailing Cambodia as The Favorite Cultural Destination for 2016 and with good measure also, as we just inscribed as intangible cultural and tourism patrimony heritage the concept of SROK KHMER – the specific Khmer concept of carving a national space and an integrated community of peoples.
The concept of SROK KHMER, offering a special mark of inter-community dialogue and acceptance, of tolerance and friendship, that explains in full how Cambodia can unite peoples and religions, can give them the sense of historical unity and bind them together, in love for a nation and a country.
This concept is also a fundament of Cambodia history and development, a secret to ingratiate in a polite and correct manner, that makes tourist feel at home in this wonderful country.
Cambodia is in itself a World Lecturer in history and civilization, and I could go one for hours, underlining the many reasons why crowning Cambodia today as World Best Tourist Destination, it is just a normal act of recognition of a country so rich in culture and promises of tomorrow that it becomes the embodiment of the tourism for the future, of the tourism for knowledge and experiences, of tourism that is letting us richer in conscience and soul.
The story of SROK KHMER continues and is writing today a new and remarkable page: the page of development, tourism and cultural world recognition, the page of CAMBODIA as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016.
Your Excellency Mr. Prime Minister and European Academician,
It is with great honor and privilege that I hand over this title, as an international recognition for all the people of Cambodia, all united in the service of protecting and preserving historical and civilization patrimony of your country, in fostering tourism and culture.
I repeat myself in the desire and trust that: This title must be regarded as a challenge to conquer new barriers, as we are expecting Cambodia future contribution for the development of the world culture and tourism.
I am confident that: our world platform will be transformed in a growing support for the international recognition of THE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA, as an open air, open to the world museum of humanity and in a base for further success for A WORLD MIRACLE: THE KINGDOM OF WONDERS- CAMBODIA.
It is my privilege to handover to Your Excellency, as the most representative leader of people and tourism of KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA the award for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016.
ECTT Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia proclaimed the official launch of the new national tourism brand on the grounds of the 3rd General Assembly of the Ethiopian Tourism Transformation Council.
Announcing the perfects results of 2015, Year of ETHIOPIA: WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION. From right to left: CEO of ETO-Solomon Tadesse, H.E. Academician Hailemariam Desalegn-Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia.
According to the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO) CEO- Solomon Tadesse the new brand: ‘Ethiopia: Land of Origins’ is designed to keep alive this momentum based on European Council on Tourism and Trade generous support.
On the occasion, ETO noted confidence that the new brand would position Ethiopia by positively differentiating it from competitors in a way that authentically resonates across tourism stakeholders.
It was also noted that ETO developed the new brand by conducting extensive research in consultation with stakeholders, tour operators and potential tourists in source markets.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn noted that: “The reason we have established Tourism Council is to give greater focus toward transforming the tourism sector. This can be realized only when the stakeholders exert joint effort to avert challenges in the sector”.
“We have made a good stride by designing a 10 year master plan for the sector concluding Ethiopian Prime Minister.”
Ethiopia has a vibrant living culture.
It is today a brilliantly diverse mosaic of people`s living together in harmony. Unique century-old religious festivals, colourful celebrations and charming customs like the coffee ceremony – coffee is Ethiopia’s gift to the world – offer you a chance to share the country’s heartbeat and to experience the warmest of welcomes.
Ethiopia was elected by WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTION-EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE as FAVOURITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2015 and WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for the same year on the account of landscapes of stunning beauty and dramatic contrasts from the soaring pinnacles of the Simien Mountains – the Roof of Africa – to the plummeting depths of the Danakil Depression, the lowest – and hottest – place on Earth. You will find cloud forests such as those in the Kafa Biosphere Reserve – the sole home of many wild coffee varieties – active volcanoes, hot springs, cool underground caverns, rugged gorges, spectacular waterfalls, rivers and shimmering lakes.
The largest, Lake Tana, is the source of the life-nurturing Blue Nile.
Moreover, Ethiopia is the fourth largest bio-diversity zone on Earth and you can see plants and animals here which are found nowhere else.