PHNOM PENH, 27 March 2017: Cambodia and Laos have signed an accord to encourage regional airlines to increase services on routes between the two countries in a move to boost tourism.
Khmer Times quoted Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation’s air transport director, Vann Chanty, saying the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will encourage airlines in both countries to operate more flights between Cambodia and Laos.
Connectivity between tourist destinations in the two countries is poor, forcing travellers to make expensive backtracks to gateway cities. It adds to travel costs either for overnight accommodation if the earliest connection is on the following day or having to buy two or more sector fares. Read more
SIEM REAP, 24 March 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has urged tourism operators and related businesses to maintain prices during major festivals.
According to a Khmer Times report Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, threatened to suspend licenses of business owners if they failed to display the correct prices for goods and services over the Khmer New Year, especially during the mid-April Angkor Sankranta celebrations in Siem Reap.
Khmer New Year is celebrated at the same time as Songkran in Thailand that starts on Thursday 13 April. Easter is also celebrated worldwide during the same week. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 23 March 2017: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 14.2% in January this year, according to the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.
Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Tuesday, the data showed the country welcomed 532,206 international travellers in January compared to 466,086 during the same month last year.
China led the supply markets with 80,407 visits up 20.4% from 66,764 visits during the same month in 2016. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 22 March 2017: JC International Airlines, a Chinese-backed airline, owned by a Yunnan based corporation, commenced its first flights from Cambodia, late last week, with daily flights from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville.
Khmer Times quoted the airline’s CEO, Dongyan Huang, saying the airline was registered locally with an investment capital of USD50 million.
The airline started flights with two Airbus 320s. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 20 March 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Economy and Finance has agreed to delay scheduled entry fee increases at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the National Museum until July.
Phnom Penh Post reported that a letter issued late last month and obtained last Tuesday, indicated the ministry had agreed to postpone the increases – from USD5 to USD10 at the National Museum and USD3 to USD5 at Tuol Sleng – which were originally slated for last January.
The decision to delay the price increase came after the Cambodian Association of Travel Agents wrote a letter to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts underlining their inability to absorb the extra charges in such a short period of time, it said. Read more
BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: If you judge the quality of the welcome mat by the number of nations that enjoy easy-visa entry then Cambodia is top of the class.
Cambodia tops Paspport Index’s ‘Welcoming Countries Rank’, 2017 with a score of 198 passports that it accepts for visa-on arrival, visa-free or electronic visas (eTAs) travel.
It shared the top rank with 13 other nations all scoring 198 passports eligible for easy entry. Read more
SIEM REAP, 14 March 2017: Apsara authority has announced it will restrict visits to the top of Phnom Bakheng hill, a popular spot for for sunset photography where an ancient temple is located.
A maximum of 300 visitors will be allowed to visit the hill-top temple at any one time.
Agence Kampuchea Presse quoted Apsara’s Tourism Management Agency president, Phoeun Sophoan, saying the limit on visitors will help to protect the ancient temple. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 10 March 2017: Cambodia Angkor Air signed, Tuesday, a memorandum of understanding with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to cover component support and maintenance services for the national flag carrier’s fleet of Airbus A320s.
Khmer Times reported the 12-year agreement includes full component support services, repairs and maintenance, pool access, and the provision of a main base with local services.
Cambodia Angkor Air CEO, Nguyen Tu Huy, was quoted saying Cambodia now has 45 airlines both local and international operating flights to and in Cambodia. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 2 March 2017: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen projects the country could welcome as many as 5.4 million international tourists this year.
Agence Kampuchea Presses quoted the PM saying Cambodia saying he was confidence the country could attract up to 5.4 million foreign arrivals in 2017. He called it a positive target that is achievable as long as the country remains stable.
Visits could reach 7 million by 2020, earning an estimated revenue of around USD5 billion and generating some 1 million direct jobs. Read more
KAMPONG SPEU, 2 March 2017: In an effort to offer new travel products, Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism will develop a hot spring area in Kampong Speu province.
Khmer Times reported the priority is to focus on Te Teuk Pus Hot Spring, located near the mountainside village of Phnom Te village in Oral district, about 60 km west of Kampong Speu town.
Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, gave the green light to develop the area into a special attraction. Read more