Tuesday, 14 December 2010

ATF 2011 to Be Held on Cambodia Stampede Island

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region as one tourist destination. This annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 member nations of ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Each year, the hosting of ATF is rotated among the member countries. Cambodia is the country which first hosted the ATF in 2003 at Siem Reap province. For ATF 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of this event since its inauguration in Malaysia in 1981. Cambodia will host ATF 2011 and is all geared up to welcome over 1,600 delegates which includes 400 international buyers and 100 international media.



The 30th ATF 2011 will be held in Phnom Penh at Diamand Island, Cambodia. It should be reminded that the Diamond Island (Koh Pich), where the saddest event called stampede accidentally happened on Diamond bridge (Spean Pich) in which over 300 people dead, and around 400 people injured. It's exactly that all ASEAN countries participants will visit and are eager to see the diamond bridge where caused hundred people dead.

During the event of ATF 2011, this will draw more visitors to Cambodia. Especially to see the Diamond Island, the place made the second stampede in the world.

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Below is the quoted welcome message of Minister of Tourism, Cambodia and the Chairman of ATF 2011 Host Committee:

On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Host Committee of the 30th ASEAN Tourism Forum, it is my great honour and pleasure to extend our cordial invitation to you to participate in the upcoming 30th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF 2011) to be held at the newly built Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Center, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia from 15 to 21 January, 2011 under the theme of "ASEAN - A World of Wonders and Diversity".


We are proud and honoured for Phnom Penh capital to be chosen once again to host ATF. There has been a lot of development in infrastructure and facilities since Phnom Penh first hosted ATF in 2003. Siem Reap province, home of world heritage and the archeological sites, and Preah Sihanouk province, the most beautiful and pristine beach, have been selected for pre- and post-tours.


As host of ATF 2011, it is my great pleasure to warmly welcome all distinguished delegates and guests to ATF 2011 in Cambodia with our gracious hospitality and we wish you a great success and pleasant stay in Cambodia- Kingdom of Wonder.


Click here to view a video on Cambodia - Kingdom of Wonder


Yours Sincerely
DR. THONG KHON
Minister of Tourism, Cambodia / Chairman of ATF 2011 Host Committee

You May also want to know:

- ASEAN Tourism Forum of 2010 hosted by Brunei.
- ASEAN Tourism Forum of 2009 hosted by Vietnam.
- ASEAN Toursim Forum of 2008 hostd by Thailand.
- ASEAN Tourism Forum of 2007 hosted by Singapore.
- ASEAN Tourism Forum of 2006 hosted by Philippine.
- ASEAN Tourism Forum of 2005 hosted by Malaysia.
- ASEAN Tourism Forum of 2004 hosted by Lao.
- ASEAN Tourism Forum of 2003 hosted by Cambodia.

....More information about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

** Watch a video of ASEAN Tourism Forum 2010:

---> ATF 2010 Opening Ceremony


** References:


- http://www.pata.org/
- http://www.atfcambodia.com/

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