Ministry of Tourism

Protect coastal areas: government

Following an unusually high number of drownings in coastal areas in the past month, the Ministry of Tourism has instructed the tourism departments in coastal provinces to continue to collaborate with relevant authorities to ensure safety, public order and cleanliness. A ...

300,000 Japanese tourists by 2020

Cambodia plans to attract up to 300,000 Japanese tourists to the Kingdom by 2020, as direct flights connect Phnom Penh with Tokyo early next month, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon announced yesterday. ...

Domestic tourists push up Siem Reap visitor count

Tourist visits to Siem Reap province increased slightly during the first half of the year as foreign tourists lined up to see the country’s pre-eminent tourism attraction, Angkor Wat, and Cambodians from across the country flocked to the province for ...

Cruise tours will be a kind of potential tourism

Cruise tours will be a type of potential tourism, while Sihanouk was placed in the map of ASEAN Cruise Tourism Line, as part the promotional campaign jointly Cruise Southeast Asia – Feel the Warmth, which officially announced on 22 January ...

New campaign will fight plastic bag blight

UNESCO and the ministries of Tourism and Environment this weekend will launch a campaign aimed at ridding the capital of the plastic waste currently choking its waterways and piling up in its landfills.The campaign, starting on Friday, will seek to ...

Private companies warned on beach access

The government has vowed to crack down on coastal hotels and resorts that have restricted public access to beaches or constructed illegal encroachments within 50 metres of the shoreline.Tourism Minister Thong Khon warned yesterday that his ministry will give private ...

Chinese arrivals to jump to 2M by 2020

Cambodian tourism authorities are formulating strategies to carve a larger share out of the Chinese outbound tourism market and have set a target of drawing over 700,000 Chinese visitors this year, and up to 2 million a year by 2020. ...

Tourism duo took bribes: ministry

Two officials from the Ministry of Tourism were found by the ministry to have taken bribes of up to $3,000 from candidates for tour-guide examinations in Siem Reap, though neither of the officials have been fired. ...

Cambodia works with neighbours on tourism

Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam are conducting ongoing discussions on the creation of a Southern Tourism Corridor, which would promote tour packages across the southern provinces of the three countries, giving a boost to tourism across the region. ...

Foreign visits climb at Preah Vihear

Foreign visitors to the Preah Vihear Temple increased by 25 per cent for the first six months of the year, as compared to the same period last year, while local visitor arrivals dropped for the same period, according to Ministry ...

Tourist arrivals in first half rise

Cambodia welcomed around 2.3 million people for the first half of this year, up 4.6 per cent compared to the same period last year, amid concerns from the tourism minister that the Kingdom may not reach its target of 5 ...

Thai visa plan expected to push Cambodia tourism

Aiming to boost tourism numbers in its own country, Thailand has approved a multiple-entry visa that will allow tourists to leave and re-enter the country several times during a six month period, the Bangkok Post reported yesterday. ...

Gov’t prepares its tourism strategy for 2020

The Cambodian government has finalised a five-year Tourism Marketing Strategy that it hopes will help lure more visitors and investors to the Kingdom. ...

Tourism licences to go online

The Ministry of Tourism launched a new online system yesterday to register tourism-related businesses and tour guides who need a licence, in order to ease the licence inspection process and boost government revenues, said a senior ministry official. Neb Samouth, ...

Cambodian massage parlours told to shape up

Cambodia’s massage palours and spa centres are now required to have at least 30 per cent of their staff trained and certified or risk having their business permits revoked, according to a new directive from the Ministry of Tourism. The ...

Cambodia hosts int'l conference on tourism, culture

The 1st World Conference on Tourism and Culture kicked off here on Wednesday to discuss the challenges and lasting development opportunities for cultural tourism. ...

Group behind banned festival tries soft touch

After music festival kaZantip was banned on Monday by Cambodian officials, organisers say they are mounting a campaign to change hearts and minds. … Kharchenko said the festival team would be sending “presentations” to all interested Cambodian officials to demonstrate ...

Gov’t says ‘nyet’ to fest

Still eager after recent events to shield Cambodian culture from indecency, government officials yesterday said they had become increasingly wary of the imminent kaZantip music festival in Sihanoukville, with high-ranking tourism officials reporting that the event had already been cancelled. ...

Growth in tourist arrivals slows to 5-year low

Growth in tourist arrivals slowed down last year to the lowest rate since the global financial crisis, according to preliminary figures provided by the Ministry of Tourism on Monday. The number of visitors arriving by all modes of transport reached ...

Community members granted control of Tonle Bati

Takeo provincial authorities have put the Tonle Bati Resort, in the province’s Bati district, under the management of the local community after stripping the private company that had been in charge of the rural retreat of its license for failing ...

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