Government to boost new tourism development zones

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A view of the Tonle Sap, which the government wants to develop more as a tourist zone.
Photo: KT/Pann Rachana

The government is speeding up the tourism development plan for the country’s west, northwest provinces and around the Tonle Sap River, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

The ministry said a discussion about a tourism road map book in the region was made during a meeting on Tuesday in Banteay Meanchey province with participants from all levels of relevant parties.

Nine provinces in the country’s west and northwest, including Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey, Banteay Meanchey, Pailin and the provinces around Tonle Sap river (Kampong Thom, Seim Reap, Battambang, Pousat and Kampong Chnang).

“This guide book will boost the provinces of Banteay Meanchey and Oddar Meanchey to develop new potential for tourism with the concepts of white gold [agriculture-based tourism] and green gold [eco-tourism],” the Ministry said.

Fisheries, bird conservation areas, floating villages and connected road infrastructures around make it most attractive for the provinces around Tonle Sap.

The road map book will help to strengthen and widen cooperation and relations among the provinces in the west, northwest and around Tonle Sap to gain more potential in attracting tourists, according to the ministry.

Top Sopheak, the ministry’s spokesman, said that a draft of the guide book was already finished but still needed the approval the minister.

Chhay Sivlin, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, welcomed the plan, saying that the region will provide great potential for tourism investment as well.

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