Thailand and Vietnam will expand their joint tourism initiative, which was announced in October last year, to include Cambodia, according to a report in the Bangkok Post.
Tourism Minister Chantay Thongchai has said that a joint tourism venture will begin in 2018 with the aim of opening the country’s third major tourist destination.
Thongthai has also said that Cambodia will become Thailand’s first Asian nation to join the tourism industry, as the two countries signed an agreement last month to cooperate in a number of ways including in health, tourism and agriculture.
Thailand has a population of more than 1.4 million, and Vietnam has a total of more more than 7 million.
The joint tourism agreement has been in place for several years and Thailand’s Tourism Development Authority (TDA) has made a number the official guidelines.
The guidelines, which are available online, are aimed at improving tourism, boosting tourism infrastructure, and encouraging foreign investment.
Thais and Vietnamese will sign the agreement in 2018, and Cambodia will join in 2022.
Tourism officials have said that the agreement will help Thailand attract more tourists to the country.
Tourism was estimated to have grown by 6% in 2016, with nearly 80 million visitors to the Southeast Asian country, according the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The country’s economy is expected to grow by 10% in the next five years, according TOK Lifestyle, and by a further 10% by 2023.
However, a recent report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said that tourism investment in Cambodia has fallen by half since 2014, as Thailand has been hit by the recent global economic crisis.
Tourism experts believe that the new agreement with Cambodia will be beneficial for Thailand, and that the two governments can work together in order to better meet the needs of tourism, according a report by Tourism Development Agency (TDE).
Tourism Minister Thongsays that Cambodia is one of the countries where we can have the greatest growth and the greatest impact.
We are a small country, and it is very important that Cambodia can become a member of the region.
Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has said in the past that the government would consider Cambodia joining the Thai tourism industry if there was a need for it, according CNN.
Thailand and Cambodia signed an Association Agreement in October 2017.
Thailand was the first Southeast Asian nation, joining in 2019, and has also signed a number trade agreements.
The new tourism agreement is expected see a number more agreements signed between the countries, according Tourism Development.
Thailand’s economy will grow by 5% in 2020, and is expected by 2019 to reach a total GDP of $1.4 trillion, according Bloomberg.