Thong Khon


Dr. Thong Khon, assumes his position as Minister of Tourism of the Royal Government of Cambodia for a second term from September of 2013 after having led the Ministry of Tourism for a full term from 2007. Prior to his well-deserved promotion, the Minister had served at the Ministry of Tourism as a Secretary of State since 1993.

Dr. Thong Khon began his services in public office actively participating in leading, restoring and developing the Capital City of Phnom Penh. He had spent 3 years at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (1990-1993), leading it to grow and excel the nation's rich cultural abundance for tourism potentials. The Minister's participation in leading and administering the tourism sector for the Kingdom of Cambodia spanned more than 25 years to date and he is extremely dedicated in leading Cambodia tourism to continue being the priority sector for contributing to the country's national economic development. He was Chief of Personnel Bureau of the Phnom Penh Municipality in 1979; became Vice Mayor of the Phnom Penh Municipality in 1983 and subsequently promoted and served as Mayor from 1985 until 1990.

Over the years. Dr. Thong Khon has been awarded a respectable number of awards and decorations by various governments and organizations for his distinguished contributions in different aspects of public service. Locally, he was awarded a Cheatopaka Medal by Prime Minister Hun Sen of the Kingdom of Cambodia in 2009. Globally, the Minister was decorated with a Gwanghwa Medal by the late Roh Moo Hyun, Former President of the Republic of Korea and was twice presented a World Leadership Award during the World Ecotourism Conference; once in 2008 and again in 2011.

Minister Thong Khon earned a Diploma of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Phnom Penh in 1995. a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health and Community from University of Nancy, France in 1997 and conferred a Phd degree in Tourism Management (Ecotourism) from the National University of Economics in Hanoi. Vietnam, 2011. In April 2014, he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor by the University of Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, recognizing his distinguished service in developing community-based ecotourism and the pro-poor tourism in Cambodia.

H.E. Dr. Thong Khon is one of the longest serving ministers of tourism in the world. The Minister was especially praised by the President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, for his vision and astute policies and devotion to the development of Cambodia when he was appointed a member of the European Tourism Academy.
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