MEMBERS of the travel industry have welcomed the first direct flight linking Cambodia with Japan amid expectations it will attract a new wave of tourists.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) launched a fully-booked Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner that landed in Phnom Penh for the first time on September 1.
Shinya Katanozaka, president and CEO of ANA, said: “We are truly honoured to be the first airline to connect our two countries. Cambodia is not only a fascinating tourism destination, it is also garnering global attention for its high potential for economic growth, so we look forward to welcoming both leisure and business passengers on our flights to and from Cambodia.”
It is hoped the daily service will frogleap Cambodia towards its aim of attracting 300,000 Japanese visitors by 2020.
Hen Sunsein, general manager of Mekong Travels, said: “We are seeing an increase in Japanese visitors, especially business-orientated.”
It is also hoped the flight will boost connectivity with the rest of the world, adding an extra arm to traveller options.
Kimhean Pich, CEO of Mekong Discovery, added: “We welcome this flight. It connects Cambodia to a lot more of the world.”