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Cambodia’s Sea Festival to be held in December

October 5, 2013 Destination ASEAN, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59According to news from Phnom Penh Post, at least 20,000 tourists and travellers will participate in the so-called “Sea Festival” at the end of this year, officials at the Kep province tourism department said.

The two-day event, which started in 2011 as a tourism booster for the country’s coasts and beaches, was cancelled last year due to the death of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk in October.

Som Chenda, director of the Kep province tourism department, said the Cambodian 250x250Government decided to hold the festival on December 7 and 8 in Kep, and it will include sporting activities, a trade fair, fashion shows and concerts.

The first sea festival, held in Preah Sihanouk Province in 2011, attracted thousands of tourists. This year, however, accommodation might pose a problem.

Som Chenda said one way officials might deal with the tight squeeze is to market the use of hotels in nearby Kampot or Preah Sihanouk, a little more than an hour’s drive away from Kep.

At the same time of this year’s Sea Festival, Cambodia will also host the meeting of the General Assembly of the Most Beautiful Bay, a club headquartered in Paris that promotes beach destinations in 30 countries.

The whole Cambodian coastline was recognised as a member of the club on May 26, 2011.

Cambodian Minister of Tourism Dr. Thong Khon said in Ho Chi Minh City last week during ITE HCMC 2013 that there will be a meeting at the new Thansur Bokor Highland Resort to promote Cambodia’s beaches and other ecotourism sites on an international stage.

Thansur Bokor Highland Resort is located on the mountain top and admidst Bokor National Park in Kampot Province. It is only a 45 minutes drive away from Kampot town.

The number of tourist arrivals in Cambodia increased by about 19 per cent in the first half of this year, reaching over two million tourists at the end of June, data from the Ministry of Tourism show.

Written by : Reinhard Hohler

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