PHNOM PENH, 29 April 2016: Cambodia has asked China to ease the way for direct flights from southwestern Guizhou province to promote trade and tourism.
Khmer Times media claimed the Minister for the Office of the Council of Ministers Sok An made the request to the province’s Communist party secretary, Chen Minér, during a meeting in Phnom Penh, Monday.
“In order to increase Chinese tourists to Cambodia, we want to attract direct commercial flights from Guizhou to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap,” Sok An reported.
Guizhou province, located in the southwest part of China has many covered bridges, called Wind and Rain Bridges. These were built by the Dong minority people many centuries ago.
The southeastern corner of the province is known for its Dong minority culture. Towns such as Rongjiang, Liping, Diping and Zhaoxing are scattered amongst the hills along the border with Guangxi province.
Last year, Cambodia attracted 4.77 million international visits compared to 4.50 million in 2014. Chinese arrivals ranked second with 694,712 visits in 2015 up 24.0% from 560,335 visits in 2014.
Cambodia should welcome as many as 2 million Chinese tourists to the kingdom by 2020.