sihanoukville’s tourism scene shapes up

The provincial tourism department in Cambodia’s coastal Sihanoukville has reported that nearly 2.4 million local and international tourists travelled to the seaside destination last year generating an estimated USD 96 million in revenue. Arrivals to the coastal province grew by 37% in 2016 compared to 2015 with growth driven by a sharp increase in domestic tourists surging 45% last year to reach 1,974,631.

 

International tourist arrivals also increased 12% to reach 404,939, led by visitors from China, Russia and Vietnam. The popular seaside town has more than 17 casinos and six beaches that offer a range of beachside seafood restaurants and bars.

 

Asian Development Bank is reportedly funding a study on the development of tourism in Sihanoukville province for Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism. 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 also concentrate on sustainable development of tourism and infrastructure in Sihanoukville, including Koh Rong, focusing on how to keep beaches clean and prevent dirty water from flowing into the sea from Ochheuteal and Otres beaches and at Koh Rong.

 

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