ADB studies Cambodia’s beach tourism

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.

inside no 3In particular it will look at keeping beaches clean and preventing dirty water from flowing into the sea from Ochheuteal and Otres beaches and at Koh Rong.

The ministry’s secretary of state, Tith Chantha, was quoted saying the project will contribute to the development of tourism, improve the environment for social development and attract national and international tourists to the province.

The ministry forecasts Sihanoukville will attract 2 million local tourists and 1 million international tourists by 2020.

Last year, the beach destination attracted 1.5 million local tourists and 500,000 foreign tourists.

Sihanoukville is a coastal province in Cambodia and home to the country’s main port on the Gulf of Thailand. It also has 17 casinos that appeal to travellers from neighbouring countries.