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ASEAN Tourism Forum postponed to 2022

Cambodia to remain as host destination, but venue and theme yet to be confirmed.

ATF 2021 was expected to draw some 2,000 participants from more than 25 countries.
ATF 2021 was expected to draw some 2,000 participants from more than 25 countries.

The next ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF), originally scheduled for 17 to 23 January 2021 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, will be postponed until 2022. To date, there has been no official news on the event’s status and especially TRAVEX — the main component from 19 to 21 January — less than three months away.

The Cambodian Ministry of Tourism is working with MP International, the PCO handling the event, to issue an official announcement on the postponement.

 

Responding to a query from M&C Asia, Thong Rathasak, director general, tourism development and international cooperation, said that due to the unprecedented Covid‐19 pandemic, the organisers have “faced a lot of changes and challenges”.

 

He confirmed however, that Cambodia will still host the next ATF, although Indonesia would have been next in line for the tourism trade show, which brings together meetings of government ministries/agencies and trade associations of the 10‐country bloc.

 

ATF 2021 was expected to draw some 2,000 participants from more than 25 countries. However, the prolonged pandemic, international travel restrictions and limited airline operations in the region and long haul, stymied the mega‐event.

 

Besides new dates, it also isn’t known yet whether the 2021 theme of “ASEAN – A Community of Peace and Shared Future” will be retained, and if Chroy Changvar International Exhibition Hall, currently under construction, will still be the venue.