Cambodia targets 15 million tourist arrivals by 2030

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Cambodia’s tourism ministry has set a target of 30 million tourist visits annually by 2030, up from the 5.6 million international visits last year.

Some 6.2 million should be achieved in 2018, over seven million in 2020 and ten million by 2025, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said on October 11, according to Xinhua news agency.

Speaking at a tourism exhibition, the minister said the 5.6 million international tourists received last year brought gross revenue of $3.6 billion, which accounted for 12 per cent of the country’s GDP.

For the first eight months of 2018, Cambodia welcomed more than 3.9 million foreign tourists, up 11.7 per cent over the same period last year, he added. China, Vietnam, Laos, South Korea, and Thailand are the largest sources of tourists to the Southeast Asian nation, according to ministry data.

The minister added that the tourism industry currently creates approximately 620,000 direct jobs and tens of thousands of indirect jobs.

Cambodia has three world heritage sites, namely Angkor Archeological Park in northwestern Siem Reap province, Preah Vihear Temple in northwestern Preah Vihear province and Sambor Prei Kuk archeological site in central Kampong Thom province.

Besides, it has a pristine coastline stretching 450 kilometers in four southwestern provinces of Koh Kong, Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep.

However, the government has received criticism from locals and tour operators for allowing Chinese investors and developers to completely change the face of Sihanoukville, the largest and most popular beach town in Cambodia.

A surge in Chinese investment and in the numbers of migrant workers in Cambodia’s port city of Sihanoukville has left local beaches polluted and Cambodian residents struggling to meet higher prices as the cost of living rises, Cambodian sources told Radio Free Asia.

Trash now piles up not only on the beaches, but on the city streets as well, observers said. Moreover, the presence in the city of over 100,000 Chinese nationals, many of them workers brought in from China as Chinese firms set up casinos or operate power plants and offshore oil platforms in the area, has only made matters worse.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism acknowledged a sharp decline in the numbers of tourists visiting Sihanoukville during the final days of the country’s annual Pchum Ben Festival, blaming the fall-off on poor infrastructure in the area.

Chinese gangs are also being blamed for a rise in crimes in the city, including drug and sex trafficking and online or telephone scams. There have also been reports of shootouts between rivaling Chinese gangs.

 

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Cambodia’s tourism ministry has set a target of 30 million tourist visits annually by 2030, up from the 5.6 million international visits last year.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Cambodia’s tourism ministry has set a target of 30 million tourist visits annually by 2030, up from the 5.6 million international visits last year.

Some 6.2 million should be achieved in 2018, over seven million in 2020 and ten million by 2025, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said on October 11, according to Xinhua news agency.

Speaking at a tourism exhibition, the minister said the 5.6 million international tourists received last year brought gross revenue of $3.6 billion, which accounted for 12 per cent of the country’s GDP.

For the first eight months of 2018, Cambodia welcomed more than 3.9 million foreign tourists, up 11.7 per cent over the same period last year, he added. China, Vietnam, Laos, South Korea, and Thailand are the largest sources of tourists to the Southeast Asian nation, according to ministry data.

The minister added that the tourism industry currently creates approximately 620,000 direct jobs and tens of thousands of indirect jobs.

Cambodia has three world heritage sites, namely Angkor Archeological Park in northwestern Siem Reap province, Preah Vihear Temple in northwestern Preah Vihear province and Sambor Prei Kuk archeological site in central Kampong Thom province.

Besides, it has a pristine coastline stretching 450 kilometers in four southwestern provinces of Koh Kong, Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep.

However, the government has received criticism from locals and tour operators for allowing Chinese investors and developers to completely change the face of Sihanoukville, the largest and most popular beach town in Cambodia.

A surge in Chinese investment and in the numbers of migrant workers in Cambodia’s port city of Sihanoukville has left local beaches polluted and Cambodian residents struggling to meet higher prices as the cost of living rises, Cambodian sources told Radio Free Asia.

Trash now piles up not only on the beaches, but on the city streets as well, observers said. Moreover, the presence in the city of over 100,000 Chinese nationals, many of them workers brought in from China as Chinese firms set up casinos or operate power plants and offshore oil platforms in the area, has only made matters worse.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism acknowledged a sharp decline in the numbers of tourists visiting Sihanoukville during the final days of the country’s annual Pchum Ben Festival, blaming the fall-off on poor infrastructure in the area.

Chinese gangs are also being blamed for a rise in crimes in the city, including drug and sex trafficking and online or telephone scams. There have also been reports of shootouts between rivaling Chinese gangs.

 

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