Cambodia sees influx of international tourists

James Kon

Cambodia recorded 6.7 million international tourists last year which is an eight per cent increase compared to 2018. In 2020, Cambodia is targetting seven million international tourists which is an increase of six per cent as compared to previous year.

This was shared by Advisor and Deputy Director General of Tourism Development and International Cooperation from the Ministry of Tourism Cambodia Hoy Phireak during his presentation at the ATF media briefing yesterday.

He also shared that the marketing strategies for 2020-2025 is targetting, visitors from Russia, China, Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia

and Malaysia. Some of the latest developments include the construction of new Phnom Penh International Airport, Sihanouk Ville Development including high end building, cruise tourism, new terminal at Sihanouk airport and others.

He also answered questions from foreign media where tourists have avoided Sihanouk because of high-rise buildings and the lack of accommodation.

Hoy Phireak also said that by the end of 2020, there will be more buildings and hotel to accommodate tourists.

The main tourist attractions in Cambodia are the wide diversity of geography, centuries old civilisation, unique cultural diversity, local flora and fauna, he added.

Advisor and Deputy Director General of Tourism Development and International Cooperation from the Ministry of Tourism Cambodia Hoy Phireak during the briefing. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR