Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Tourism business licensing fees make 2023 comeback

Tourism business licensing fees make 2023 comeback

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A tour guide leads a group of tourists to visit the National Museum in Phnom Penh in November. Heng Chivoan

Tourism business licensing fees make 2023 comeback

The finance and tourism ministries have announced the reinstatement of fees for the renewal of tourism licences – waived due to the Covid-19 pandemic – effective from January 1.

The reinstatement was announced on January 2 based on an inter-ministerial prakas on the implementation of the basic policy for tourism, which expired on December 31 last year.

However, industry experts have suggested that the government consider continuing deferring the charging of fees for another year to help businesses in the tourism sector.

Thuon Sinan, director of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Cambodia Chapter, said that while he did not object to the charging of fees for the renewal of tourism licences, the government should reconsider the current realities in Cambodia’s tourism sector.

While tourists were returning to Cambodia, this was only occurring on a small scale, and there remained doubts over the size of the rebound for the Kingdom’s tourism industry, he said, describing the sector as “a young child who can still only walk”.

“I think the number of two million tourists the government announced in 2022 is not yet viable. Returning to the numbers of tourists recorded before the pandemic is still far away.

“So the private sector needs the government to understand this and extend the waiving of licence fees for another year,” he said.

On February 9 last year, the tourism ministry issued an inter-ministerial prakas on the implementation of key policy measures for the tourism sector.

These also included the continued exemption from monthly taxes for hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and travel agencies with business activities in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kep, Kampot, Bavet and Poipet having registered with the General Department of Taxation for the first half of 2022.


  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,

  • Capital-Poipet express rail project making headway

    The preliminary results of a feasibility study to upgrade the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway into Cambodia’s first express railway indicate that the project would cost more than $4 billion and would take around four years to complete. The study was carried out by China Road and

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of

  • 61% of 2022 imports came from just 3 markets

    The three largest exporters to Cambodia – mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for 60.94 per cent of the Kingdom’s total merchandise imports last year, at $18.245 billion, which was up 11.99 per cent over 2021, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise. Cambodia’s total imports