Tourism industry unruffled by election – experts

Tourism officials and industry insiders say the upcoming election is not affecting the flow on tourists into the Kingdom. Kong Sophearak, director of the Statistics Department of the Ministry of Tourism, told Khmer Times that despite this month’s election and the ongoing political rallies throughout ...

May Kunmakara

Airline tax to help clean up Cambodia

The government is looking at ways to tackle Cambodia’s waste problem with a $1 charge on airline tickets touted to raise the cash. The move comes after footage emerged showing the capital’s canals remain clogged with rubbish a year after video of the pollution was shown ...

Khy Sovuthy

Angkor Wat ticket prices set to rise after government takeover

Tourism Minister Thong Khon said on Sunday he did not believe an upcoming hike in the cost of tickets for foreigners visiting Angkor Wat will cause fewer tourists to come to Cambodia, with surveys showing most who visit the country are prepared to pay more. ...

Kang Sothear

Thailand bombing effect on Cambodia tourism

The bombing that shook Thailand this week will have a mixed impact on Cambodia, where about half of all tourists come through Thai airports, industry experts said yesterday. ...

Pav Suy and Naomi Collett Ritz

Naga aircraft set to take flight

Nagacorp, owner of Cambodia’s largest casino, NagaWorld, is on track to begin flying in high-rollers from China on a fleet of its own commercial aircraft, according to the company’s latest earnings statement and government officials. In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Friday, ...

Eddie Morton

Capital to host tourism fair

For the first time in the event’s 37-year history, Cambodia is to host the annual Pacific Asian Tourism Association Travel Mart (PTM), an annual tourism trade fair organised by the multinational tourism body. So Visothy, director of marketing and information at the Ministry of Tourism, said ...

Chan Muyhong

Thai tourism threatened by coup; effect on Cambodia uncertain

Thailand’s Tourism Ministry has been biting its nails since the country’s military declared a coup on Thursday and imposed a nighttime curfew, but a Cambodian official said Sunday that it is too soon to say whether the lock-down will have a knock-on effect on tourism ...

Simon Henderson and Hul Reaksmey

Put trips to Bangkok on hold: gov’t

The government asked Cambodians to avoid all nonessential travel to Bangkok following Thailand’s imposition of martial law. “The situation is calm and we will continue monitoring it, but travellers planning to go to Thailand should hold off for now,” Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said after an ...

Cheang Sokha

Cambodia rethinks passport life

A decision to extend the validity of Cambodian passports from three to 10 years should encourage more Cambodians to travel, claims the Ministry of Interior. The ministry’s General Directorate of Identification head, General Mao Chandara, was quoted by local media as saying, the department would begin ...

Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit

Passports to be valid longer

Passports issued to Cambodians will soon be valid for 10 years instead of three, officials at the Ministry of Interior said yesterday. General Mao Chandara, head of the ministry’s General Directorate of Identification, said that by July, the department will begin to issue long-awaited 10-year passports. ...

Cheang Sokha

Increase in Cambodian tourism leads to growing importance of child safe tourism

In 2013, Cambodia welcomed 4.2 million tourists, an increase of 17% from the previous year. This rapid growth of tourist arrivals is expected to continue year on year, raising concerns about how to ensure that local children are only positively impacted by tourism. Tourism destinations attract ...

eTN Global Travel Industry News Staff

Hospitality sector booked out for Lunar New Year

When Chinese and Vietnamese tourists will flock into Cambodia’s Siem Reap province for Lunar New Year, heightened demand for accommodation may make things tough, insiders say. Ang Kim Eang, president of the Cambodian Association of Travel Agents, said that while many Chinese and Vietnamese tourists will ...

Fees too high: AirAsia CEO

While AirAsia, one of the world’s largest low-cost airline, is gearing toward an expansion in the region, the company’s chief executive said that serving Cambodia was expensive due to high airport fees. Airport charges are high and restrictive, as are over-flight fees, compared to other countries in ...

Tourism wins in China trade deal

Unless Cambodian exporters find new routes to China, a proposed doubling of bilateral trade to US$5 billion by 2017 would mean little more than increased Chinese goods and investment flooding into the Kingdom. Chinese investments and imports dominated bilateral trade with Cambodia, which was worth about ...

Tourism figures continue to climb

Foreign tourist arrivals in the Kingdom increased by more than 15 per cent between January and October compared to the same period in 2010, Ministry of Tourism data showed. Officials attributed the arrival of 2.3 million foriegn visitors during the first 10 months of the year ...

Increase in visitors to Preah Vihear

Foreign visitors to the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple, on the Cambodian-Thai border, rose almost 78 per cent between January and October compared with the same period last year, despite a deadly border dispute that drew international attention in February. About 2,140 foreign nationals visited the 1,000-year-old ...

Tourism stronger than predicted

The Kingdom’s tourism industry this year will perform much better than the government expects thanks in part to Cambodia’s growing popularity as a vacation destination, investment firm Cambodia Capital has said. Total tourist arrivals to Cambodia for 2011 will reach 2.85 million, while total revenues ...

International Tourists Up 13.4 Percent

The number of visitors arriving in Cambodia in the first six months of this year has increased 13.4 percent to 1,385,029, compared to the same period in 2010, Kong Sophearak, director of the statistics department at the Ministry of Tourism, said yesterday. The largest influx ...

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