SIEM REAP, 19 January 2017: A meeting to discuss Angkor Archaeological Park preservation will be held next week to identify measures to protect and develop in a sustainable manner the country’s world heritage site.
Khmer Times reported the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor), co-chaired by Japan and France, will meet 24 January to discuss ongoing preservation efforts at the Angkor Archaeological Park as well as the up-coming ticket price hike, due to take effect next month.
The two-day meeting will consist of a plenary session to discuss policy and development projects, as well as a technical session, which will see dozens of experts gathered to identify and provide solutions to issues plaguing the UNESCO world heritage site. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 16 January 2017: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 4.8% during January to November 2016, according to the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.
Released by the Ministry of Tourism, last week, the latest data showed the country recorded 4,400,178 international tourist arrivals compared to 4,200,432 during the same period in 2015.
Outbound trips by Cambodians reached 1,306,393 up 19.3% for the first 11 months of 2016 year from 1,094,598 trips in 2015. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 11 January 2017: Five local and international airline companies will launch services in Cambodia over the next two years.
The five airline companies include JC Airlines, Lainmen Airlines, Air Siem Reap, Small Planet Airlines and Spring Airlines.
Cambodia Daily media broke the news quoting the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation’s flight operations and air safety department director, Keo Sivorn. Read more
SIEM REAP, 5 January 2017: Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Angkor Wat archaeological park reached a record USD62.5 million in 2016, representing a solid increase of 4.21% over 2015.
Local media quoted state-owned, Angkor Institution, which is in charge of ticket sales at the World Heritage site.
The report also claimed the number of foreign visitors to the World Heritage site rose 4.63% to 2.19 million last year. The top source markets were China, South Korea and the United States. Read more
SIEM REAP, 4 January 2017: Cambodia has commissioned a Chinese consortium to build a new international airport at Siem Reap.
Phnom Penh Post reported the Chinese state-run Yunnan Investment Holdings Ltd (YIHL) will build a new USD880 million airport about 50 km from Siem Reap.
The agreement, signed by Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and YIHL chairman Sun Yun during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the Kingdom in October, grants a joint investment consortium formed by YIHL, the Yunnan Construction Investment Group and the Yunnan Airport Group an exclusive 55-year build, operate, transfer (BOT) concession on the new airport. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 30 December 2016: A direct flight connecting Cambodia and Indonesia remains in the pipeline, although airlines have told officials it will depend on commercial viability and the chances of success are remote.
Khmer Time quoted the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation spokesman, Sinn Chan Sereyvutha, saying the Cambodian government has already signed an MoU with Indonesia to pave the way for direct flights between the two countries, but market factors are not positive and airlines are not convinced there is enough traffic.
“The main problem for Indonesian airlines is market demand, but there are still choices for them as they can also enter into a codeshare with other airlines to save costs.” Read more
SIHANOUKVILLE, 29 December 2016: Expansion and other improvements at Sihanoukville International Airport are underway, that will extend the runway and terminal capacity to 500,000 passengers a year.
Phnom Penh Post quoted Cambodia Airports’ communications director, Khek Norinda, saying the upgrades will enable the airport to attract more flights in the future.
The expansion is part of a USD2 billion investment in the kingdom’s three international airports — Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville – through to 2040. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 23 December 2016: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has requested Japan to conduct a feasibility study to develop a mangrove forest in Koh Kong province into an ecotourism site.
Khmer Times reported the proposal was raised in a meeting between the Japanese ambassador, Hidehisa Horinouchi and the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism, last week.
Cambodia is keen to add new tourist attractions that offer soft-adventure or an ecotourism theme. Read more
SIEM REAP, 21 December 2016: Siem Reap authorities plan to build an observation tower to give visitors a panoramic view of Tonle Sap river and its rice plains.
Khmer Times quoted the province governor, Khin Song, saying the plan had already gained government approval, but the provincial authority would seek foreign investment for the project.
“The tower will be a new attraction for tourists offering views of rice fields, ancient temples, and the Tonle Sap River,” he said. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 20 December 2016: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 4.4%, January to October, this year, according to the latest data from the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.
Released by the Ministry of Tourism, late last week, the report indicated the country welcomed 3,922,492 international travellers compared to 3,755,792 during the same period last year.
Outbound trips by Cambodians reached 1,182,670 up 20.0% for the first 10 months of the year from 985,739 trips last year. Read more