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Single Visa for Cambodia and 5 Neighbors by 2015

By: The Mekong Times Posted: February-12-2008 in
The Mekong Times

Tourism experts have announced that visitors to the Mekong Sub-region may be able to buy a single visa for visiting Cambodia and five of its neighbors by 2015.

According to the Bangkok Post February 6 edition, the prediction was made at a Mekong Sub-regional tourism meeting in Bangkok earlier this week.

In this decade, tourism in the region is greatly developing. In 1995 there were only 10 million tourists, but by 2015 this is expected to increase to 50 million, predicted the Asian Development Bank's (ADB).

Cambodia, Vietnam, Lao, Thailand, Myanmar and China will be reachable on a single visa by 2015, the experts announced.

A former Minster of Tourism said the one-visa practice is concurrent with an initiative started in 2003 and that it is indicative of success of tourism in the region.

ADB has granted funds of about US$ 40 million to be used in tourism development and infrastructure among the countries situated along the Mekong River.

This article first appeared in The Mekong Times
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