With the number of visitors to the province markedly on the rise, 1,000 new hotel and guesthouse rooms will be built this year in Sihanoukville to meet rising demand for accommodation.
Taing Sochetkrisna, director of Sihanoukville’s tourism department, said the province current 10,000 hotel and guesthouse rooms are insufficient to host the rising number of visitors, particularly during weekends and festivals.
The situation is exacerbated by the fact that Chinese businesses have been leasing entire hotels to run casino operations, he explained.
“To meet demand, investors have been investing in budget, mid-range and luxury hotels in 20 different locations.
“By the end of the year, we expect 10 new hotels and 1,000 new rooms.
“Besides these new hotels, the construction of a number of 5-star hotels may finish this year or the next, with each hotel having 500 to 600 rooms,” he added.
Tourism Minister Thong Khon has repeatedly called for more investment in Sihanoukville’s hospitality industry to make more rooms available to visitors.
Khou Tangchay, a receptionist at New Beach Hotel and Restaurant, an establishment in Sihanoukville that has 35 standard rooms, said the number of visitors to
the city is on the rise.
“I can see the hotel sector in the province is experiencing steady growth,” she said. “Most of our rooms are booked out at the moment.
“Generally, our guests come from China and Korea. We also have a lot of Cambodian guests,” she said, adding that they are often booked out during festivals and weekends
In 2017, Sihanoukville received one million local tourists and 470,000 foreign visitors. 120,000 of those visitors came from China.