Cambodia seeks to double tourism arrivals by 2025

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Cambodia seeks to double tourism arrivals by 2025Cambodian has ambitious plans to increase the number of tourism arrivals from six million in 2018 to 12 million by 2025 as it builds two new airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and renews, enlarges and modernises the one in Sihanoukville.

According to Prime Minister Hun Sen, a new airport for Phnom Penh in Takhmao city, Kandal province, some 30 kilometers southeast of Phnom Penh, funded partly by Chinese loans would create 18,000 jobs. This new airport would be capable of accommodating the Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 747-800 aircraft and will cost around $1.5 billion to build.

Another airport will be built in Siem Reap’s Sot Nikum district with an investment of $900 million and with a 55-year contract under Angkor Air International Investment Co. Ltd., a Kunming-based company in the Yunnan province of China.

“France’s Vinci, the company overseeing airports in Cambodia, never expected the high growth of tourists traveling by air to Cambodia. Now they strongly support the Cambodian government’s intention to construct new airports for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as the current ones will not be able to accommodate the expected 12 million tourists by 2025,” the premier said, adding that “Sihanoukville International Airport alone expects to welcome three million tourists by then.”

According to official statistics from Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism, six million tourist arrivals in 2018 is a likely number given annual growth in the past. In 2017, Cambodia was already close to that figure with 5,602,157 tourist arrivals, and grew continuously from around 2.5 million in 2010.

However, if trends continue from 2018 onwards, tourists only makes up a little more than nine million by 2025, which is still three million shy of the 12 million goal.

Strategies to attract the “missing” three million are new initiatives including “ease of travel” which would market the use of e-visas, better and more campaigns and new attractions such as shiny casinos in Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh for the important Chinese clientele.

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Cambodian has ambitious plans to increase the number of tourism arrivals from six million in 2018 to 12 million by 2025 as it builds two new airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and renews, enlarges and modernises the one in Sihanoukville. According to Prime Minister Hun Sen, a new airport for Phnom Penh in Takhmao city, Kandal province, some 30 kilometers southeast of Phnom Penh, funded partly by Chinese loans would create 18,000 jobs. This new airport would be capable of accommodating the Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 747-800 aircraft and will cost around $1.5 billion to build. Another airport...

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Cambodia seeks to double tourism arrivals by 2025Cambodian has ambitious plans to increase the number of tourism arrivals from six million in 2018 to 12 million by 2025 as it builds two new airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and renews, enlarges and modernises the one in Sihanoukville.

According to Prime Minister Hun Sen, a new airport for Phnom Penh in Takhmao city, Kandal province, some 30 kilometers southeast of Phnom Penh, funded partly by Chinese loans would create 18,000 jobs. This new airport would be capable of accommodating the Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 747-800 aircraft and will cost around $1.5 billion to build.

Another airport will be built in Siem Reap’s Sot Nikum district with an investment of $900 million and with a 55-year contract under Angkor Air International Investment Co. Ltd., a Kunming-based company in the Yunnan province of China.

“France’s Vinci, the company overseeing airports in Cambodia, never expected the high growth of tourists traveling by air to Cambodia. Now they strongly support the Cambodian government’s intention to construct new airports for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as the current ones will not be able to accommodate the expected 12 million tourists by 2025,” the premier said, adding that “Sihanoukville International Airport alone expects to welcome three million tourists by then.”

According to official statistics from Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism, six million tourist arrivals in 2018 is a likely number given annual growth in the past. In 2017, Cambodia was already close to that figure with 5,602,157 tourist arrivals, and grew continuously from around 2.5 million in 2010.

However, if trends continue from 2018 onwards, tourists only makes up a little more than nine million by 2025, which is still three million shy of the 12 million goal.

Strategies to attract the “missing” three million are new initiatives including “ease of travel” which would market the use of e-visas, better and more campaigns and new attractions such as shiny casinos in Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh for the important Chinese clientele.

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