Tourists who arrive at Cambodia by ships also want to visit Angkor Wat; but no flights which return on time
Phnom Penh): It was officially reported that international tourists, who arrived at Cambodia by the giant ships that had previously landed in Preah Sihanouk port, have also wanted to visit to Angkor resort for the short period; but there have no airway transportation services which tourists are able to get back on time the departure of ships. This point had been addressed by H.E Hor Saron, Under Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism, within the 1st plenary session, sixth mandate of Inter – Ministerial Committee for Travel Facilitation and Tourist and Traveler Transportation in the international border checkpoint areas and international checkpoints throughout nation, May 08, 2019, at the office of the Ministry of Tourism.
H.E Under Secretary of State said that “mostly of tourists aim to visit any island, and want to fly to visit Angkor temple by returning on time the departure of ships; but the matter is that the ships have no specific time set up, and the flights are irregularity”. This point indicated about the loss of tourist growth visiting to Angkor resort due to airway transportation, as well as irregularity of the departure of those international ships. According to the expression of H.E Lu Kim Chun, Director of Preah Sihanouk Provincial Autonomous Port, in 2017, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Autonomous Port had recorded the numbers 37 ships, increased by 23.33%, in which international tourists of 40, 598, increased by 58. 97%. During 4 months early of 2019, the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Autonomous Port recorded the number of 30 ships, increased by 57. 89%, by containing international tourists of 29, 111, increased by 78. 25%. There are in total of 97 ships containing international tourists of 95, 247, which is a good growth for Cambodia. Director of Preah Sihanouk Provincial Autonomous Port further expressed that the landing of these ships are merely in average of 15 hours. H.E Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, cited that in terms of these matters need to be addressed as package, and are required to have participation from all stakeholders and private sectors. His Excellency recommended the span of control to hold an argent meeting with all stakeholders to join all together in addressing these matters, because this is not only an opportunity that Cambodia is able to catch international tourists, as big groups, but also is a chance in getting ready for hosting for ASEAN summit in 2022. What the royal government try to expand the airports and Preah Sihanouk provincial port are because of the royal government enjoys visions and sees the tourists’ trend by ships who are high – class tourists and some of them linked their trips to Angkor resort too.