Kep province will be granted an award at the Asean Tourism Forum in Thailand later this month.
According to a letter by the Tourism Ministry’s National Committee for Clean City Assessment signed by Tourism Minister Thong Khun, Kep will be given the Asean Clean Tourism award in Chiang Mai on January 26.
Som Chenda, director of the Kep provincial tourism department, acknowledged that Kep province would receive the award.
“Having a successful Sea Festival was a part of getting this award and also three other factors: environment, security and service,” he said.
The 2017 Sea Festival, held from December 22 to 24 in Kep, was a celebration of Cambodia’s coastline that attracted more than 240,000 local and international tourists.
Mr Khun stated previously that in the first ten months of last year, Cambodia’s coastal areas welcomed more than 610,000 international tourists and in 2018, the coastline could see about 750,000 international tourists and 2.6 million national tourists.
In September, Kep and Pursat province were granted Asean environmental awards in Brunei, a first for Cambodia.
A committee consisting of all Asean member countries evaluated and chose Kep for the Asean Environmentally Sustainable Cities Award, while Pursat was granted a certificate recognising its sustainability of clean water at the 14th meeting of Asean environment ministers.