Last week was very good for Cambodian tourism.

The industry attracted more than 1.4 million internal visitors during the week of Khmer New Year substitute days, despite cautions over the pandemic.

Phot. by. KT/Pann Rachana

Chhay Sivlin
, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said that the holiday contributed to helping the tourism sector during the pandemic:

We saw a lot of people travelled to tourism destinations across the country during the holiday because they felt more confident about the government’s safety measures to contain COVID-19 while they also paid attention to health and safety.

Cooperation between relevant parties, state institutions and the private sector to curtail the pandemic and promote the sector during the holiday, people felt safe while tourism service providers also paid much attention to comply with the government’s safety measures.

During the 5-days holiday, Cambodia reported no new positive cases of COVID-19. The tally remains at 273.

The President of the Cambodia Hotel Association, Clais Chenda, whose hotel and resorts in Ratanakiri and Kratie provinces, have been reopening since early July, that rooms almost fully booked for the holiday while complying with the Tourism and Health Ministries’ safety measure in order to contain the pandemic.

We were in a good position during this holiday. We could earn some revenue after losing almost a half a year’s income since the pandemic began. We were grateful to have such a long holiday, she said.

She said that while still waiting for international tourists to ensure the survival of the sector, tourism leaders hope to see more revenue from locals until the peak season ends at the end of the year.

Really fantastic news in time when tourism is strongly impacted by the outbreak. We congratulate the government for well-prepared celebrations and all Cambodian for wise participating in holiday celebrations.

Source: Khmer Times

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