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Cambodia works with neighbours on tourism

Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam are conducting ongoing discussions on the creation of a Southern Tourism Corridor, which would promote tour packages across the southern provinces of the three countries, giving a boost to tourism across the region.

A statement posted on the Ministry of Tourism’s Facebook page said Tourism Minister Thong Khon attended the second meeting yesterday and that the corridor would be created under the existing framework of the Greater Mekong Subregion.

The three countries will include select provinces, with Cambodia submitting the five southern provinces of Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kompot, Kep and Takeo.

Thailand has agreed to include four provinces and Vietnam five.

Ang Kim Eang, president of Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said Cambodia would benefit from a mutual sharing of tourists.

“There are alot of potential of tourist attractions in the southern part of Cambodia,” he said.

“There are beatiful beaches, islands, mountains, especially we have a virgin rain forest.”

Kim Eang said the easy availability of transportation services within the three countries would facilitate this movement of tourists across the corridor.

The move comes on the back of Cambodia and Thailand’s announcement in June that would allow tourists to travel to both countries if they have a visa from one of them.

The new corridor would also help Vietnam, which has seen a 30 to 40 per cent drop in tourist arrivals during the low season.



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Kevin Kato's picture

Tourism development can be a sticky proposition. I've been to Cambodia twice, traveled by bicycle through some extremely out of the way areas and loved it. That was in 2003 and 2007. I see photos now of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and am astounded by the development that has taken place. A part of me wishes that the Cambodia I saw could remain. Of course as a visitor my needs should not supercede the rights and needs and desires of the locals. I hope the development of the southern areas does take into account the locals' lives and not merely the tourism numbers.

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