Chinese squeeze out tour groups in Siem Reap

October 10th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Japanese and Korean tourists are being turned away from hotels in Siem Reap City due to an increase in bookings by Chinese visitors, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the tourism industry’s three-day expo on Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich island on Wednesday, Mr. Khon appealed to investors to build more hotels in Siem Reap City to accommodate Japanese and Korean tourists, who often book rooms in large groups and are struggling to find accommodation during the high season. …

Kang Sothear and George Styllis

Cambodia unveils regulation to protect entertainment workers

October 8th, 2014 , Xinhuanet News

Cambodia’s Ministries of Labour and Tourism on Wednesday jointly launched a new regulation for protecting the occupational safety, health and labour rights of entertainment workers. “The regulation aims to improve working conditions, occupational safety and health rules of entertainment service enterprises, establishments and companies,”said a joint statement released at the launching ceremony.

The move is intended to address a range of challenges that entertainment workers face including poor occupational safety and health education and protection, violence and sexual harassment, excessive working hours and low pay and forced alcohol consumption. …

Xinhuanet News Staff

Cambodia receives 2.54 mln foreign tourists in 7 months, up 4.5 pct

September 12th, 2014 , Shanghai Daily

Cambodia had attracted some 2. 54 million international visitors in the first seven months of 2014, up 4.5 percent compared to the same period last year, the latest tourism report showed Friday.

Kong Sopheareak, chief of the Tourism Ministry’s Statistics and Planning Department, said Vietnam, China, and South Korea remained the largest sources of tourists to the country. …

Shanghai Daily News Staff

Cambodia’s tourism slows a mite

August 18th, 2014 , TTR Weekly

Cambodia’s tourist arrivals registered a 0.3% decline in June according to the country’s statistics and tourist Information Department.

The country attracted 300,454 visits compared to 301,412 during the same month last year.

Released officially by the Ministry of Tourism, last week, data showed Vietnam led the field with 78,597 visits, but decreasing 5.0% from 82,703 during the same month in 2013. …

Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit

Foreigners, tourists to pay more for entry visas

August 16th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Foreigners will have to pay additional costs to enter Cambodia following a government announcement earlier this week that visa fees will increase by $10 starting in October.

Tourists will have to pay $30 for a one-month entry visa and business visitors $35, up from the $20 and $25, respectively, that is currently charged. …

Kang Sothear

Cambodia attracts 230,100 Chinese visitors in H1, up 19 pct

August 13th, 2014 ,

Cambodia has received 230,100 Chinese tourists in the first six months of 2014, an increase of 19 percent over the same period last year, according to a tourism report released on Wednesday.

The report shows that China is the second largest source of tourists to Cambodia after Vietnam.

Kong Sopheareak, chief of the statistics and planning department at the Ministry of Tourism, attributed the steady and remarkable rise in Chinese tourists to Cambodia to more direct flight connections between Cambodia and China and Cambodia’s attractive tourism destinations. … News Staff

Sihanoukville struggles to shake its seedy image

August 11th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

This tourist town counts itself among the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club and more than 1 million tourists each year are drawn to its tropical water and sandy shore. Yet when the U.S. Embassy last month warned its citizens to avoid some beaches here after sundown for fear of violence, few were surprised.

Sihanoukville has become a haven for high-end development in recent years, with private beach resorts, luxury island retreats, five-star hotels and casinos rising up along its coast.

But as the town’s star grows brighter on the tourist map, Ochheuteal Beach and the adjoining backpacker hub Serendipity Beach retain their reputation as the perfect place to find trouble in paradise. …

Ouch Sony and Simon Henderson

Gov’t seeks a greener tourism industry

August 11th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

The Tourism Ministry will announce a new “Green Hotel” standard later this month in an effort to make the industry more environmentally friendly, senior officials say.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon said on Friday that while it will not be immediately compulsory for all hotel venues to adopt the standard, the government is working towards installing an industry-wide benchmark for energy and water efficiency, recycling and minimum green space. …

Chan Muyhong

Cambodia expected to greet 4.6 mln foreign tourists in 2014: minister

August 2nd, 2014 , Global Post

Cambodia is projected to receive 4.6 million international visitors this year, an expected rise of 10 percent from 4.2 million last year, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said Saturday.

“In the first six months of this year, more than 2.2 million foreigners visited Cambodia, up 5.2 percent over the same period last year,” he said during a tourism-related conference. “Based on this figure, we expect that the nation will welcome about 4.6 million foreign tourists in 2014.” …

Global Post News Staff

Chinese continue to flock as region suffers

July 25th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Cambodia’s tourism industry has benefited from the unrest that has hit much of the region, with Chinese tourists diverting their routes from problematic areas such as Thailand to the country, according to a report released Thursday by the Sydney-based Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).

Chinese visitors, the second largest nationality to visit Cambodia behind Vietnamese, are the fastest growing market, increasing by 20 percent in the first half of the year compared to the last. The number of Chinese nationals hit 240,567 during the first five months of the year and accounted for 12.7 percent of total tourist arrivals.

Driving the growth has been the political protests in Thailand that ended with a military coup, anti-China protests in Vietnam and the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight in March, which has impacted travel to both Malaysia and Singapore. …

George Styllis and Cherie Chan

Passenger arrival at airports up by 10 pct

July 10th, 2014

The number of passenger arrivals at the Kingdom’s airports rose to 1.37 million in the first six months of the year, up 10 per cent from 1.24 million visitors in the same period in 2013, according to figures from Cambodia Airports.

The figures include both international and domestic arrivals at phnom Penh international Airport and Siem Reap International Airport, with more than 750, 000 passengers touching down at the latter. …

Hor Kimsay

Cyclo drivers struggle as demand dwindles

July 2nd, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

When Men Chan started out as a cyclo driver in Phnom Penh in 1966, his services were in demand and his salary was modest but adequate.

Now—like most of his colleagues across the city—the 71-year-old is struggling to make ends meet as his income stagnates and the cost of living rises. …

In a further blow for the fate of the iconic vehicles, there has been a 40 percent drop in the number of tourist passengers this low season compared to last year, according to the Cyclo Conservation and Careers Association (CCCA). …

Kang Sothear and Holly Robertson

CBRE: Cambodia’s bright future

June 26th, 2014 , TTR Weekly

CBRE Cambodia’s latest MarketView report sees strong growth in tourist arrivals resulting in growth in hotel occupancy rates and durations of stay.

Quoting Ministry of Tourism statistics, CBRE said Cambodian tourism sector continued to enjoy steady growth over the course of 2013, with the number of international arrivals increasing by 17.5%, to 4,210,165 trips, up from 3,584,037 in 2012. …

Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit

Cambodia attracts 1.9 mln foreign tourists in 5 months, up 6 pct

June 24th, 2014 , Shanghai Daily

Cambodia has received some 1.9 million foreign visitors in the first five months of 2014, a 6 percent rise compared to the same period last year, a tourism official said Tuesday. “Vietnam, China and South Korea are the largest sources of tourists to Cambodia,” Kong Sopheareak, chief of the Tourism Ministry’s Statistics and Planning Department, told Xinhua. …

Shanghai Daily News Staff

Cambodia revising gambling laws to attract investment

June 24th, 2014 , GGRAsia

The Cambodian government is in the process of amending its gaming laws in a bid to draw major casino operators, industry sources have confirmed to GGRAsia.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Phnom Penh Post reported that the new draft of the national casino law could be finalised as early as this year. It said regulators are also considering legalising online gambling in the country. …

The newspaper quoted Ros Phirun, spokesman for the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s gaming and casino department, as saying the new draft of the casino law will be stricter and more transparent. …

The same source told GGRAsia that fair and thorough enforcement of any new casino law that might be enacted by Cambodia would be key to such a statute’s success. “Having rules with ad hoc enforcement leaves avenues for individual discretion,” said the person, who has knowledge of the bill being drafted. …

GGRAsia News Staff

Ad spending sees hike in budget for tourism

June 18th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

The Cambodian government has budgeted $3.5 million for tourism-related advertising and promotions in 2014, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said yesterday.

“This year the budget has reached $3.5 million dollars, half of the total budget for the ministry as we will host PATA Travel Mart 2014,” he said, referring to September’s three-day tourism trade fair organised by the Pacific Asian Tourism Association.

Khon said $800,000 will be spent on broadcasting advertisements on US-based global television network CNN. The remaining funds will be spent on public events and tourism related exhibitions inside and outside of the country. …

Chan Muyhong

Kompong Cham officials accused of extortion

June 11th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

The Anti-Corruption Unit revealed Monday that the director of Kompong Cham provincial Treasury Department Kol Thearin and officials under her are being investigated for allegedly embezzling money from local development projects and extorting bribes from developers, according to a statement from the ACU.

ACU chairman Om Yientieng wrote to Ms. Thearin on March 14 informing her it had received a complaint in December claiming she and provincial Treasury Department officials were demanding kickbacks from project developers, according to the statement posted on the ACU’s website on Monday. …

Kuch Naren