PHNOM PENH, 26 September 2016: Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen, says the newly opened Sunrise Hospital in Phnom Penh will provide an opportunity for the country to develop medical tourism.
The USD35 million hospital built by Japanese investors opened, last week. It is relatively small with just 52 beds and 100 staff, (30% Japanese), located at Chrouy Changvar district, Phnom Penh.
Khmer Times quoted Prime Minister Hun Sen saying the hospital would have a positive impact on other sectors including tourism and research as its presence would encourage foreign investors.
A recently established direct flights between Phnom Penh and Tokyo is another factor that will encourage more business travel.
All Nippon Airways launched daily flights between Tokyo (Narita) and Phnom Penh, effective 1 September.
Japan Times quoted Sunrise Japan Hospital’s founder and adviser, Shigemi Kitahara, saying: “Our goal is the development high quality and sustainable medical services in Cambodia.”
“The hospital will offer emergency medical treatment for brain and heart disorders, injuries from traffic accidents and medical checkups, and will continue working toward the establishment of general hospital services, including obstetrics, pediatrics and rehabilitation and their associated information technology and education systems.”
Japan is a key target for the Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism. It forecasts 300,000 Japanese tourists will visit the country, annually, by 2020.
Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, noted the government needed to improve services and facilities to cater to the Japanese leisure travellers and business visitors. Having high quality hospital care of an international standard is an important factor, he said.
Last year, Cambodia welcomed 193,330 Japanese travellers down 10.4% from 215,788 visits in 2014.