H.E. Minister Thong Khon: On the occasion of the King’s birthday from 14-16 May, Cambodia received a total of nearly 50,000 tourists
(Phnom Penh): His Excellency Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, said that on the occasion of the birthday of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni and the second weekend of May for 3 days from 14-16 May 2021, Cambodia nationwide received a total of nearly 50, 000 tourists.
A total tourists of 49, 930, of which the national tourists were of 49, 364 and international tourists were of 566, increased about 153.3%, compared to the previous week, an increase of about 457.25%, compared to the first week that the Royal Government closed the closure of resorts across the country, said minister. However, it is still about 80% lower than the situation before February 20 (with an average of 20-250,000 domestic tourists over the weekend). The main tourist destinations with the most tourist activities include:
- Kampot Province received 10,942 tourists
- Battambang Province received 7,710 tourists
- Kampong Speu province received 5,913 tourists
- Siem Reap province received 4,742 tourists
- Kep province received 4,304 tourists
- Kampong Cham province received 3,095 tourists
- Preah Vihear Province received 2,003 tourists
- Preah Sihanouk Province received 1,984 tourists
The Minister continued that local tourists, especially from Phnom Penh and the surrounding provinces, went to visit gradually, which was different from the past two weeks, most of them were guests in the provinces. In provinces with low rates of Covid-19 infection, local tourists were also more likely to visit the resorts in their own provinces, but mostly for family and group get-togethers, small among friends, especially young people who had chosen to travel to ecotourism and other tourist destinations, where it was easy to keep a safe distance.
Some tour companies are also preparing tour packages to take domestic tourists to destinations in the provinces with low rates of Covid-19 infection. Some resort owners are also preparing to reopen gradually, strictly implementing the “3Don’t” and “3Protect” measure, along with tourism safety measures to prevent Covid-19 and separately administrative measures of the capital and each province, such as the continued ban on the sale of alcohol and the ban on public gatherings.