The Ministry of Tourism has announced an investment of US $3.7 million to develop
Kep's infrastructure and increase tourism. In cooperation with Vietnam and Thailand,
the initiative will lead to the introduction of a coastal tourism route: a cruise
ship will ferry customers between Kep and Ha Tien, a seaside resort in southern Vietnam.
The move is indicative of a steadily increasing number of Vietnamese tourists visiting
Cambodia. In a further bid to attract visitors, the government will begin extensive
development of Sihanoukville's international airport.