New requirements set for homestay owners

June 1st, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Aiming to boost the number of visitors to eco-tourism areas, the Ministry of Tourism has introduced a new set of standards required of owners of homestay accommodation.

From the look and feel of the homestay lodgings to understanding roles and responsibility of accommodation management, the standards introduce some minimum requirements of owners in an effort improve services, promote eco-based tourism and improve the livelihoods of people in rural areas, according to Thong Khon, the minister of tourism. …

Chan Muyhong

Outbound holidays on the rise this year

May 19th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

The number of Cambodian outbound tourists has spiked considerably in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period the year before, according to official data.

Figures from the Ministry of Tourism show that 87,450 Cambodians went abroad by the end of March of this year, compared with 72,430 in 2014’s first quarter – an increase of more than 20 per cent. …

May Kunmakara

Cambodia gets travel laurel

May 11th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian tourism authorities expect the sector, which saw tourist arrivals drop in 2014, to get a boost this year, after the country was accorded an award for being the best cultural and heritage tourist destination at last week’s World Travel Fair in Shanghai.

Tith Chantha, secretary of state at the Ministry of Tourism, said the award was based on criteria such as clean and green environment, good security for tourists, food and hospitality services among others. The fair had 50 countries participating and showcasing their tourism sites and products in a bid to attract Chinese tourists. …

May Kunmakara

Tourism licences to go online

April 21st, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

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, director general at the Ministry of Tourism, said the online system is part of governmental reforms to simplify the licence-registration process, which has to be done every year, and aid with the inspection of unlicensed businesses. …

Chan Muyhong

Cambodian massage parlours told to shape up

March 24th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

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 directive seeks to professionalise the practice and improve the image of Cambodia’s massage industry, which currently has no formal accreditation system. …

Charles Rollet

Group behind banned festival tries soft touch

February 4th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

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 how “we really love Cambodia and its culture and we want our visitors to love Cambodia, too”. …

Charles Rollet

Gov’t says ‘nyet’ to fest

February 3rd, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

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.

KaZantip, which was scheduled to take place on Koh Puos from February 18 through the 28, was shut down before it began, due to a reputation for “indecency” and a “naked dance”, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said in an interview yesterday. …

Chhay Channyda and Sean Teehan

Growth in tourist arrivals slows to 5-year low

January 27th, 2015 , The Cambodia Daily

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 4.5 million last year, up just 7 percent from 4.2 million in 2013, according to Kong Sopheareak, director of the statistics department at the Tourism Ministry.​ …

George Styllis and Kang Sothear

Cambodia receives 3.6 mln overseas tourists in 10 months

December 10th, 2014 , Xinhuanet News

Cambodia welcomed 3.6 million overseas tourists in the first 10 months of 2014, up 6 percent compared to the same period last year, a tourism official said on Wednesday.

Kong Sopheareak, chief of the statistics and planning department at the Ministry of Tourism, said the top three economies visited Cambodia are Vietnam, China and South Korea. …

Xinhuanet News Staff

Cambodia expects to receive half million Chinese tourists this year: PM

December 1st, 2014 , Global Post

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that his country is expected to greet about 500,000 Chinese tourists this year, an estimated increase of 8 percent year-on-year. …

Kong Sopheareak, director of the Tourism Ministry’s Statistics and Planning Department, said Sino-Cambodian excellent ties and Cambodia’s attractive tourism sites are also key factors to attract more Chinese tourists. …

Global Post News Staff