DUBAI, 22 February 2017: Emirates will begin daily services to Phnom Penh, 1 July, by extending its Yangon service to the Cambodian capital.
The service will use a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration.
On the same day Emirates will delink Hanoi from its Dubai-Yangon service, serving the Vietnamese capital with its own nonstop service out of Dubai. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 17 February 2017: Cambodia Association of Travel Agents says China will soon overtake Vietnam as the main source of the country’s tourists.
But there are major concerns over capacity management and how the country’s tourist industry will cope with the acute shortage of Chinese speaking guides.
Phnom Penh Post quoted the association president, Chhay Sivlin, saying that the strengthening of relations between Cambodia and China and the government’s strategy to promote more Chinese tourist arrivals, will accelerate tourist arrivals over the next two years. Read more
SIHANOUKVILLE, 15 February 2017: The Asian Development Bank is funding a study on the development of tourism in Sihanoukville province for Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism
Khmer Times reported the project will study how to attract more tourists, improve access, introduce capacity management and encourage protection of the environment especially marine and beach assets
The study will focus on sustainable development of tourism and infrastructure in Sihanoukville, including Koh Rong. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 14 February 2017: Boat services will be launched next year to ease traffic congestion in Phnom Penh by providing scheduled river and canal ferry services.
Khmer Times reported that the project called Water Taxi Service could cost USD22 million to establish and will need to be operated by municipal authorities.
The capital’s Department of Public Works and Transport director, Saing Piseth, said the service would cover 25 km of waterways from the Prek Phnov bridge on the northern outskirts of Phnom Penh south to Takhmao City in Kandal province via the Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 10 February 2017: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 5.0% during January to December 2016, according to the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.
Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Thursday, the data showed the country welcomed 5,011,712 international travellers compared to 4,775,231 visits in 2015.
By region, Asia Pacific accounted for a 77.0% market share and posted a slight increase of 3.9%, or 3,861,505 visits from 3,716,688. Read more
SIEM REAP, 8 February 2017: Over 400 runners joined the second annual Angkor Ultra Trail race according to a post-event report by organisers Phoenix Voyages.
The inbound tour company organised the race with SDPO late January on a trail that featured the famed Angkor temples as a backdrop.
In addition to the main 128 km race there were four other races: the “Bayon Trail” 64 km, the “Jungle Trail Angkor” 32 km, the “Temple Run Angkor” 16 km and “Nordic Walking Angkor” 16 km. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 7 February 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts will file documents to support bids to place Banteay Chhmar and Sambor Prei Kuk temples on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Khmer Times reported the ministry was working on documents to file for the two temples, but the process is lengthy and could take two to three years to reach the final stage of consideration at the UNESCO annual general meeting.
Culture and Fine Arts Minister, Phoeung Sakona, was quoted saying the ministry started the process relating to the Sambor Prei Kuk temple last year. Read more
SIEM REAP, 6 February 2017: Apsara National Authority launched a new Angkor tourism website www.angkor.com.kh, last week, to improve and offer more accurate travel information on services as well as the background history of the World Heritage site.
Agence Kampuchea Presse reported the authority was developing a new website that does not only provide detailed information of tourist sites under its management, but also encourages feedback from browsers.
Apsara Authority deputy general director, Sok Sangvar, was quoted saying the online site would also serve as a platform to get feedback from visitors, on the quality of service. Read more
SIEM REAP, 3 February 2017: Plans to build a new airport in Siem Reap that will be funded and operated by a Chinese company are almost finalised.
Last October, the Cambodian government reached an agreement with China’s state-run Yunnan Investment Holdings Ltd (YIHL) to build a USD880 million airport in Siem Reap.
Phnom Penh Post reported that the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation has assigned a team to provide technical and regulatory oversight for the construction of YIHL’s greenfield airport. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 2 February 2017: Thailand will support Cambodia efforts to introduce more Halal food production in the country that should help it attract more Muslim tourists.
Thailand has promised to support with seminars and other programmes that will help to put in place more Halal food restaurants and support Cambodia in its efforts to set up a Halal standard.
Agence Kampuchea Presse identified discussions between Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Royal Thai Embassy in Cambodia, Darm Boontham, and Cambodia’ Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak, held on Monday. Read more