On the occasion of the festive opening of the EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY 2018 GENERAL ASSEMBLY, H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade had the honour to address the starting message for the world tourism indaba and to announce the selection of a new academician, Minister Thong Khon of Cambodia in the areopagus of global leaders.
Minister Thong Khon is the first non head of state to be accepted among world leaders since 2014.
Here is the full text of the President speech for EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY Assembly and for the enthronement of Minister Dr. Thong Khon as a member of the academy.
Esteemed members of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY and EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE,
Members of the global tourism institutions,
Royal Government of Cambodia, members of Parliament of Cambodia, distinguished member’s diplomatic corps.
All protocol observed,
Today is a joyful day, not only for Cambodia who just experience a perfect and democratic election that will stand for years to come as an example but is a day of celebration equally for world tourism as we inscribe the name of another academician on the list of world tourism leaders: the list of members of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY.
The name of Minister THONG KHON has from a long time resonated across the world and when his candidature was presented it was not unexpected that the Academic Board of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has elected him in clear unanimity as a Member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY, in recognition of his influential vision in carving culture and heritage of Cambodia as conducive instruments in building tourism and in insuring development for your people.