H.E. Dr. Thong Khon
H.E. Dr. Thong Khon, took his position as Minister of Tourism of the Royal Government of Cambodia for his second term in September 2013. From 2007 to September 2013, he was also Minister of Tourism after serving as a secretary of State of Tourism of Cambodia since 1993. H.E. Dr. Thong Khon was the Mayor of Phnom Penh Municipality from 1985 to 1990 and Vice-Mayor of Phnom Penh Municipality from 1983-1985. From 1979 to 1983, he was the Chief of Assignment Committee of Phnom Penh Municipality.
He is actually holding a wide range of chairmanship of other entities such as: President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), Chairman of National Committee for Tourism Professional of Cambodia, Chairman of the National Committee for Clean City Assessment and Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Committee for facilitating the travel and transports of tourists and travelers at Poi-Pet international border check point and other international borders check points. Besides, he has held some other positions as a chairman and vice-chairman of inter-ministerial commission within the Royal Government of Cambodia.
H.E. Dr. Thong Khon holds a PhD degree in Tourism Management (Ecotourism) from the National University of Economic, Hanoi, Vietnam in 2011. He was awarded, in April 2014, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of University by the University of Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia) in recognition of his distinguished service to develop a sustainable and responsible tourism especially in the CBET and the pro-poor tourism in Cambodia. In 1995, he also earned a Diploma of Doctor of Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of Phnom Penh and followed by the graduation of a Diploma of post-graduate in Public Health and Community from the Faculty of Medicine of Nancy, France in 1997.
HE. Dr. Thong Khon was awarded many titles and decorations such as a World Leadership Award, presented during the World Ecotourism Conference in 2011 and a Gwanghwa Medal, in 2008, by HE. Roh Moo-Hyun, Ex-President of the Republic of Korea. He was awarded a Cheatopaka Medal by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia. HE. Dr. THONG Khon speaks English, French and Vietnamese. He was born on 23 November 1951 in Kampong Thom Province.